War Vets Are Getting Screwed Thanks To A VA Computer Glitch

by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh | vocativ.com  |  published on August 14, 2015

More than 35,000 combat veterans are being denied access to their healthcare by the Department of Veterans Affairs, with many waiting for years, because of a glitch in the agency’s computer system. The findings are based on internal documents obtained by the Huffington Post that show how the former troops—almost all of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan—were mistakenly placed in a “pending” list for failing to to provide certain financial information, even though combat troops are not required to do so.

The revelation comes just months after a separate series of leaked VA documents showed how more than 238,000 veterans have died over the years while waiting for their healthcare applications with the agency to be approved. About 16,000 of the 35,000 combat vets currently in limbo have been waiting for more than five years to receive healthcare from the VA, the Huffington Post reported.

Vocativ analyzed the data behind the VA’s current computer error and found that the combat vets affected live in all 50 states. Twenty-one states have 500 or more vets who have been denied healthcare because of the glitch, with eight states exceeding 1,000. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers.

  • 1775concord

    Blaming a computer glitch is like saying the dog ate my homework. A computer is a tool which must be overseen by a real person, who should be competent.

  • MarcJ

    Ever since Lyndon Johnson reversed Roosevelt’s policy of “no unions for government employees” the government services went to hell. Rule No. 1 for those unions is “No deadlines!” Perennial annual deficits of the Postal Service and Amtrak have been “normal” for the last 40 years. Our education fell from among the first in the world down to the level of Zimbabwe. Veterans troubles are the normal consequence of union rules – no matter what the problem the union members are shielded from any form of criticism let alone from any threat of firing.

    • And we have a 2nd Robert Mugabe sitting in the Oval Office right now, named Hussein Obama. Zimbabwe was a rich nation, doing very well, until Mugabe brought it to Ruins, just like the Kenyan Queen, Barry, is doing to our own beloved Nation!

  • jdbixii

    Giving meaning to sacrifice was what Lincoln did at Gettysburg. Compensating for sacrifice was what he advocated in the address. The federal government is becoming a great, festering wound that is an offense to the sensibilities of those who are bound to suffer because of the policies of government. There are so many veterans’ support organizations representing every war-era soliciting for funds on a regular, annual basis, that it is impossible to remember them all. Yet, The Veteran’s Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs is, literally, all that is supposed to be required for a veteran to be able to deal with the consequences of service. With the notable exceptions of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, (which have a history of representing the cases of veterans), how much of what the other veterans organizations do is actually legitimate and what percentage of the funds given FACTUALLY go to the veterans whom, they purport, to represent?
    The utter incompetence of government, for whatever reason (a simple lack of unity and discipline comes to mind), is what explains the ongoing war on terror which continues to produce the causality of service-related conditions which necessitate care. That there is no difference between the meaning of domestic and foreign with respect to enemies is intolerable.

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