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February 28, 2010

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Files Lawsuit Against VA, Requested Records Destroyed

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Full Article at: CREW Files Lawsuit, Alleges the VA Underreported Number of PTSD Cases

Friday 26 February 2010
by: Mary Susan Littlepage, t r u t h o u t | Report

“The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) after the VA admitted to destroying documents responding to CREW’s May 2008 Freedom of Information (FOIA) request. CREW’s FOIA request called for documents related to the VA’s policy of underdiagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

CREW learned of the underdiagnosing of PTSD after learning of an email in which VA employee Norma Perez discussed the policy. According to CREW, the VA has resisted providing any documents; it stated that the VA claimed it had produced everything it had, even though it hasn’t turned over the Perez email or any other records referring to the email.

Therefore, CREW has argued that the VA’s search for documents has been inadequate, and the VA has argued that it destroyed in 2008 many emails and backup tapes, which included the Perez email. The VA has contended that it cannot produce any emails before December 9, 2008.”

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