An internal document obtained by the Huffington Post reveals that more than 35,000 combat veterans have been denied Veterans Affairs health care enrollment due to a computer error. Many veterans are required to submit a means test, which assesses their household income, in order to be enrolled. But here’s the problem: It’s not required for combat veterans because they are automatically eligible for five years of free care. The document, provided by Scott Davis, a program specialist with the VA Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower, shows that 35,093 combat veterans who applied for care were flagged by the system because they did not complete a means test.
"The VA has created an illegal, artificial barrier for people to access care," said Davis. "We're not talking about people who didn't get care because they didn't want it. We're talking about people who turned in applications and VA said, 'No, go into a backlog because you didn't give us financial information.'"
VA management has known about the problem since last April, reports the Huffington Post, and the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are expected to press the issue with the VA when they meet this week.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.