Are you a business owner who’s fallen on hard times? Having trouble getting those juicy government contracts? There may be a solution. Try enlisting a veteran, and you’ll see your bids skyrocket to the top of the list. It’s easy: Just hire a service-disabled vet to “run” daily operations — on paper only — and you’ll soon be able to beat legitimate veteran-owned businesses for big government contracts in no time.
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.
A former Veterans Affairs employee has confessed he engineered a simple, if twisted, plan to pocket more than $66,000 in department funds that were earmarked for disabled veterans. The ex-worker, Russel M. Ware, 39, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, pled guilty Jan. 23 to charges of bribery and wire fraud, according to a recent Department of Justice statement.
Being the target of scammers is just one of the trade-offs that come with serving in uniform — from identity theft to unscrupulous off-base car salesmen pitching slick rides with 40% APR. Sham-proofing your life is a hard-learned lesson for many enlistees early on in their service.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney
A group of Marines based in southern California are embroiled in a health insurance scam that cost the military’s medical provider, TRICARE, more than $67 million. The scheme, reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune on Aug. 18, involved Marines who were allegedly paid $100 to $300 a month to talk to doctors as part of a “telemedicine exam,” according to an affidavit obtained by the Union-Tribune.
Two people were sentenced recently for defrauding Marines, some of whom are stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, local news station WNCT 9 reported June 5. How’d they do it? They created fake identities on internet dating sites and lured the poor (and evidently lonely) devil dogs into virtual relationships.