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August 25, 2009

VA Misinforms 1,200 Veterans that they have Fatal Disease

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 12:32 am

The mistakes just keep coming and I believe that nothing short of a complete overhaul will ever fix the situation.

No one knows for sure exactly how many letters were mailed to veterans treated at VA hospitals and how many were a mistake.

Full Article: 1,200 veterans wrongly told they got fatal disease
By P.J. DICKERSCHEID (AP) – 1 hour ago

Former Air Force Reservist Gale Reid “was among at least 1,200 veterans who received a letter about disability benefits for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, even though they hadn’t been diagnosed with the illness, according to the National Gulf War Resource Center. Veterans were initially suspicious of the letters, but still went through the agony not knowing exactly whether they had the fatal disease, which typically kills people within five years.”

“At least 2,500 letters informing veterans of disability benefits for ALS were sent out, and of those, some 1,200 were a mistake, according to the National Gulf War Resource Center. The wrongly sent letters were supposed to inform veterans of an undiagnosed neurological disorder, according to the Gulf War veterans group, which provides information, support and referrals about illnesses to veterans.

No one knows for sure exactly how many letters were mailed to veterans treated at VA hospitals and how many were a mistake. VA spokeswoman Katie Roberts didn’t return telephone messages or an e-mail Monday.”

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