When veterans VOLUNTEERED to sign a blank check with there bodies for their nation to cash, their nation PROMISED to take care of them after making sacrifices few other Americans will ever have to make. Not only are these promises being broken, but CRIMINALLY so. ALL of our public servants swore an oath to protect and defend our Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. Our military and veterans are witnessing the Constitution being destroyed before their eyes, while those who are destroying it are kicking the military. I have asked many times, how many times can you kick a dog before it finally seeks a new master?
“VA has thus far admitted to 23 deaths related to waitlist deaths, but one quick look at VA lawsuits for malpractice paints another picture… They found that over 100 payments per year were made where the veteran died while waiting for care. These are confirmed deaths where VA paid money for its failure. This means over 1,100 veterans died while waiting for care. The actual number is likely much, much higher based on aggregates where veteran families just gave up without suing.”
Veteran waitlist deaths may be higher than 1,000
VA has thus far admitted to 23 deaths related to waitlist deaths, but one quick look at VA lawsuits for malpractice paints another picture.
Daily News and WST-TV in Atlanta have taken on this task in light of Congress’s inability to get us timely information on the subject. The news agencies filed FOIA requests for malpractice settlements from 2002-2013. (Check out their database: Death Claims Against VA).
They found that over 100 payments per year were made where the veteran died while waiting for care. These are confirmed deaths where VA paid money for its failure. This means over 1,100 veterans died while waiting for care. The actual number is likely much, much higher based on aggregates where veteran families just gave up without suing.
After watching the Senate hearing last Thursday, it is painfully obvious VA is playing a word game on this one. Specifically, the agency is not clearly defining what it considers a “death caused by a delay in care while on a list” and what a “secret list” would be.
The question remains, how is VA defining the criteria of its searches for scheduling deaths?
The answer can be found when looking at how VA spins scandals. According to Robert Petzel (former VA health care head) some weeks ago, no deaths were found. However, CNN uncovered that the agency later admitted it was not searching for delays in follow-up appointments. It admitted this after grabbing numerous headlines that no deaths had been found yet.
According to VA’s old criteria, it would mean a veteran seen by the emergency room and scheduled for needed follow up care, but who died while waiting for care, would not be included in his search.
This issue is like the old studies looking for black swans amidst pools of white swans. By changing search parameters, one can potentially conclude no black swans exist – at least for your search. You can perhaps do this by limiting the areas for the search or the season during which you search.
Chemical companies have been accused of doing this. So have other manipulators. Why not the VA?
My fear is that VA using the white swan black swan test to avoid finding deaths, and judging from the earlier manipulations of Petzel to grab headlines, my guess is they are doing exactly that.
Link to article: http://www.disabledveterans.org/2014/05/19/mmqb-shocking-report-claims-1000-veteran-waitlist-deaths/