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October 23, 2014

Robert McDonald Confirmed as VA Secretary

The Senate confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new secretary of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, with a $17 billion deal to slash VA wait times expected to pass later this week.

The 97-0 vote reflected broad bipartisan support for McDonald’s pick. Republicans including Speaker John A. Boehner and Rob Portman, both from McDonald’s native Ohio, immediately backed McDonald, who support Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

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  • Metatron von Bardeleben

    The VA uses euphemistic language that is in reality undefined – like
    “Expeditious Treatment” and “Fully Developed Claim” which are all
    meaningless except to delay and effectively deny through a de facto
    denial of due process. The only time constraints that are firm are
    applied to the Veteran – the VA has no firm timeline nor does it have
    accountability to the government or to the individual veteran.
    Expeditious is undefined, meaningless – Fully developed claim is a
    meaningless insurance company approach generally used to delay and deny
    claims – especially, when the VA has no mechanism to quickly address a
    claimed specific or general problem that the VA has used to deny a
    covered claim. The VA also simply chooses to ignore provided evidence
    without any contrary evidence and denies claims and then ties them up in
    an endless backlog of its own creating at the appeals and remand cycle.
    Once denied, for whatever reason – in error, the Vet is effectively
    denied ad infinitum.

  • Metatron von Bardeleben

    The VA knowingly treats Veterans with the same exact conditions and
    level of disability differently and has admitted as much – some get
    nothing some get an award of the benefits and within those who do get
    benefits – the amounts awarded may be entirely different.

  • Metatron von Bardeleben

    We need an EZ VA Form and Coverage Award Process – I am sure that the
    IRS does this. 1. Is claimed condition covered and has it been awarded
    to others for same condition? yes – go to #2

    2. Is there any
    evidence, diagnosis, comment, or other appropriate presumptive
    information concerning the condition in the claimants military records,
    military medical records or substantive evidence in later records to
    support the claim? yes – go to #3

    3. Can the VA prove that the
    condition pre-existed or was not caused or aggravated by Service? No –
    Award and Award the following Amounts based on the claimants condition
    and employability.

    BUT THE VA BELIEVES ALL CLAIMS FRAUDULENT TO
    BEGIN WITH – LIKE AN INSURANCE COMPANY AND THEN IT EXCLUDES COVERED
    CONDITIONS AT WILL.

  • Metatron von Bardeleben

    For example – Also at the Appeals Level – Last year the V.A.’s Board of Appeals found.

    errors in three-quarters of the cases it heard. – California Reporter.
    The Backlogs are contrived for de facto denial. A 75% error rate tells
    me that the errors are most likely intentional for this is the beginning
    means of a final and permanent de facto denial.

  • Metatron von Bardeleben

    The VA knows that a denial at the first level is mostly permanent
    without cause – it practices as an insurance company and denies any
    case, including covered cases, that it believes to be fraudulent – most
    cases that is. Once this happens there is almost no chance of obtaining
    benefits and for all practical purposes is a permanent de facto denial -
    even for those cases in error. There are only 65 or so BVA judges to
    handle appeals and about 50% of these appeals are sent into an endless
    remand cycle with the RO wherein the RO has been found to make errors in
    75% of the cases so that the cycle is literally endless with no due
    process. Furthermore, it intentionally creates these backlogs – 1. quick
    denial of even covered claims forcing appeals with NOD – then one must
    wait for hearing with the BVA judge, then one must wait for the judge
    to review again – 3 years or more later, and then remand again because
    the VA RO has intentionally not fully complied with its response to the
    BVA again, again after several years of waiting time on behalf of the
    veteran and thus and so on. Why a 2 – step BVA process to begin with
    with only 65 judges? No other court like system does this. why can’t the
    judge make a decision within 30 days of the initial hearing? Why? – to
    create the backlog which serves both as a de facto denial and also to
    perpetuate the work of the VA employees through the endless and
    unaccountable circulation of paper at will and according to its own
    decision to ever get to a file – it may be decades.

  • Metatron von Bardeleben

    Backlogs – VA – It is not the cavalcade of new applications that the VA.
    points to – it is the 1. NOD appeal to the BVA hearing – created by VA.
    policy of denying claims without cause 2. BVA decision takes 3 years or.
    more it then creates the 3. Remand to RO Backlog and the mostly endless.
    appeals/remand cycle 4. If the Vet is finally denied by the BVA then the.
    Vet restarts the claim or goes to the Court – the backlog here just.
    waiting for it to get to court is at least 4 years – then once the.
    decision is rendered again a long wait – often it is sent back to #3.
    and the process starts again.

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