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Re: WANNABE HUNTERS
Mike Haas is right about many of the wannabees are really veterans, just
pumping up their history. But the VA has actually treated and given
disability payments to some non-vets due to failure to check things out. One
non-vet had become nearly a permanent resident in a VA hospital being treated
for "PTSD" and his "injured back" based on a DEAD veterans DD214 and military
records until a ward worker who had been in Vietnam with the (dead) vet saw
the name and service on some ward print-out and went to visit his "dead"
As it turned out, the fake vet had gone to HS with the deceased vet and
somehow had obtained all his medical records and DD214. The bad back was from
having been fallen down the stairs in Joliet prison(!!). The fake vet would
have also had to have been 13 yrs of age to have been in Vietnam when he
claimed to be. There are more horror stories like this, but most don't make
the news. This guy wasn't proscecuted, by the way - he was on parole and had
violated his parole so ended back up in Joliet. He had collected 50%
disability checks for 4 months, and I doubt if any effort was ever made to
get the money back. I also personally know of a (female) vet who has 30%
disability for her "back problems" for falling out of her bunk in AF basic
training from a bad dream. She did a total of 3 weeks of active service.
She wasn't put out for disability, but for "inability to be able to handle
the rigors of military service". (I have all the codes, old and new, on
discharges ) and waited for 7 years to apply for her VA disability. Of
course, I have no doubt that there are just as many phoney SS claims that get
thru that system, too. I've had pretty good service from the VA, (once I got
past the initial battle with the "adjudication panel" of all non-medical
people losing my file twice,and another 3 yrs) but I understand they've
improved a bit in the last 10 years or so!
TONY NEWCOMB- (SOA-570L) (SFA-450L) (AFIO-5746L) (POVA#168)
State Outreach Coordinator, VETERANS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM of ILLINOIS
"The only easy day was yesterday" - Special Ops - "You have never lived
have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special
protected will never know."