Report Finds Sharp Increase in Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits
By DAVE PHILIPPSMARCH 30, 2016
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The rising proportion of ineligible veterans is largely due to the military’s increasing reliance on other-than-honorable discharges, which have been used as a quick way to dismiss troubled men and women who might otherwise qualify for time-consuming and expensive medical discharges.
The G. I. Bill instructed the veterans agency to care for veterans if their service was “other than dishonorable.” The agency interpreted this as excluding “other than honorable” discharges.
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Three things jump off the page at me:
(1) Isn’t it convenient that they interpret the law to reduce the “veterans” expense!
(2) Once a vet is in the fight and gets hurt, why are they excluded from care? If they’d have been left home, then they might not have had that bad experience.
(3) Isn’t it all about money?
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