The VA continues to get away with making their own rules, when it is to their benefit. I am the widow of a Vietnam Era Veteran who died as a result of VA's ''inappropriate care with lack of follow up''. For 2 yrs he went to the VA never to be diagnosed, and going from 221 lbs down to 70 lbs..and all along the VA thinking he was not sick, that it was all in his head. He died 4 days after finding out he was a total mass of cancer at a non VA hospital
I have been fighting the VA since, winning my DIC after 3 yrs, and also a FTCA after 5 yrs. Now the VA has taken my DIC away from me, but also due to their mistake, they are now saying I was overpayed a large amount, and I am to pay this back due to their mistake. I filed an appeal, and received a denial to my appeal, so again I will appeal their decision. I am amazed at how when it is to their benefit, the rules change, but if the Widow or Veteran can benefit, they change the rules again. There is no reason we as widows, or those Veterans who have fought and given should have to fight for years for something we deserve. My husband believed, and told a doctor,''I am cheaper to you dead, than I am alive''. I know the VA is hoping I just go away, but I have news for them, I won't go away God willing, I will fight for what is right, and if that means till I die, than at least I cannot say I did not fight. This is all the VA is hoping for, that we all get discouraged, and give up. During my court case, my attorney wanted to use my DIC award letter as proof of VA admitting to their error, but the Attorney for the VA would not allow it for evidence, saying ''they are 2 different entities'' meaning the DIC and FTCA..but now, the VA wants to say they are one of the same. Convenient, because it could benefit me, so now the rules change. My husband died because the VA did not care about him, he was treated worse than an animal, screaming in pain, wasting away to nothing, leaving behind 5 children and grandchildren, he went thru so many tests, and procedures, and all along none of these doctors ever believed he was sick. When a 6 ft tall man goes from 221 down to 70 lbs, it is quite noticable, but they thought nothing of letting him die. I am angry and will continue to fight for what they have done. They never admit to doing wrong, they give you a check and say, nothing....but once they give it to you, they can take it away with no explanation and then you have to fight all over again. It is not right, and my heart goes out to these men and women who will have to go thru this once home from this war.
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