The blatant negligence incompetence and harm the Veterans Administration (VA) is causing veterans continues, without any plausible hope for solutions in sight– from Obama or Congress.
According to the VA’s Inspector General, over 300,000 veterans died before their applications were ever processed. The VA continues to incorrectly claim that certain applications were processed (to improve its statistics). One example is the VA claiming a veteran’s case was marked “pending”– for 14 years– before he died.
Under Obama, over the last five years, the VA has destroyed over 10,000 records. Despite all of this, the VA Crisis Hotline– designed to help veterans feeling hopeless and distraught– only furthers their pain. Here is Todd Nicely’s experience described by his friend Bobby Henline:
The VA is failing veterans who are committing suicide at a rate of 22 every day. Tragically, quadruple amputee Todd Nicely nearly became another statistic when he recently attempted to kill himself with a firearm after calling the VA Crisis Hotline numerous times– whose operators kept telling him “to call back when he was less irate.”
A quadruple amputee.
He was honored by actor, and veterans advocate, Gary Sinise, but the U.S. government won’t even answer his phone calls or pleas for help.
TIME Magazine reported on Nicely’s experience:
Nicely was 26, a young corporal leading a squad of 12 infantry Marines on a security foot patrol in Lakari, the southern province of Afghanistan’s Helmand, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. The terrorist attacks that struck his country nine years before had prompted him to join the infantry on the front line. Rising through the ranks quickly in what was a rewarding military career, his service came with a high price: he lost both legs above the knee, the right arm at the elbow, the left one at the wrist. A quadruple amputee, he has no regrets.
“[Life] is good,” he says over the phone from his smart home two foundations – the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation – built for him in Lake Ozark, Miss. The house was designed to meet his needs with customized features: an indoor elevator, touch-sensitive faucets, and adjustable-height kitchen cabinets where door handles and levers substitute for knobs. “Everyday is the same now, I get up in the morning, and time flies,” he says. “I’m just trying to find something new to do everyday.”