VA accused of shredding documents needed for veterans' claims

If you’ve read about the past scandals of the VA, this will come as absolutely no surprise to you.
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From Fox News: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been systematically shredding documents related to veterans’ claims — possibly affecting benefits for veterans, according to an investigation by the inspector general.
Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs audited 10 veterans benefits offices around the country and found that staff were destroying mail related to claims, according to a report by Military.com, citing an OIG report released on Thursday.
The surprise audit, which was conducted at the offices on July 20, 2015, came after reports of such document shredding in Los Angeles, the website reported.
Investigators reportedly sifted through some 438,000 documents awaiting destruction at the regional offices. Of 155 claims-related documents, 69 were found to have been incorrectly placed in shred bins at six of the regional offices, according to Military.com.
Those offices were in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Reno, Nev. At least two of the 69 documents headed to the shredder directly affected benefits and nine had the potential to, according to the website. 
The OIG report concluded that, “The potential effect should not be minimized.”
Considering that there are 56 [VA regional offices], and if weekly shredding is conducted, it is highly likely that claims-related documents at other VAROs are being improperly scheduled for destruction that could result in loss of claims and evidence, incorrect decisions and delays in claims processing,” the report said.
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Dr. Eowyn
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No matter the hearings and investigations by Congress, the corruption and incompetence of Obama’s VA Administration continue. This shows that the legislative branch of the U.S. govt is utterly useless — for reasons that escape me — and that the Obama admin. is a tyranny.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

I remember when it came out in AZ that forms and applications were sent immediately to the wastebasket and some were shredded and that whistle blowers were fired. A year later only one person had been fired.
This tells me, it is being ran exactly as intended. The true hate of our military is glaring.

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CalGirl
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20 yrs ago my vet husband and I conspired to STEAL his records from the Vets Admin hosp.. where he had been seeking treatment for a severe sinus infection that was debilitating him…..EVERY Dr.. that saw him said that they were NOT THE Correct dept.. to see him…….& passed him endlessly ON–so sick by then that he was GRAY in the face after months of this……getting an appt after months and months and then being told that they could do nothing—-pass him on to another dept. to start all over again ….AND MY HUSBAND is employed in variously the state… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

These frauds need to be arrested and prosecuted.
Our vets deserve so much better.