Tuesday, September 8, 2015

307,000 Veterans Die Waiting on Care

by U.S. Senator John Boozman: A Veterans Affairs Inspector General report recently found that 307,000 veterans died before their applications for care were processed. According to the report about 800,000 records were stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment and there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past.

Our veterans deserve better. It is clear now that the reforms made to the VA have not solved the problems that our veterans continue to encounter. Among the findings of the Inspector General - VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted thousands of records in the last five years.

Our veterans deserve better. This report revealed many of the complications associated with the VA's management of its health care system for our veterans, including a lack of a clear procedure to oversee the records, software glitches, and inconsistency in identifying veterans who have died.

Our veterans deserve better. The VA must establish a system and procedures that will quickly and accurately identify not only individuals who have died, but also those with pending health care enrollment records.

We are blessed to have outstanding VA facilities and professionals in Arkansas. However, other parts of the country are not as fortunate. Perhaps, the most important step the VA can take is to hold staff members accountable for the failures currently taking place within the VA. Our veterans have fought for America. We must keep our promise and ensure they receive their earned benefits.

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1 comment:

Jennifer Turner Hopper said...

Completely unacceptable. Defense of this country and the provision and care for those who defended it IS the federal government's job. They need to stop doing all of the things they are not constitutionally authorized to do and be about those things they are supposed to do.