Long wait times are contributing to tens of thousands of veterans being approved for disability benefits and pensions only after it’s too late.
Jamie Fox (center) stands with veteran Hosea Roundtree and former VA worker Ann Williams. Fox said she lost her job at the VA’s Oakland office after arguing that Roundtree’s benefits were wrongfully denied.Paul Chin/San Francisco Chronicle A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee accused the agency today of “cover-up after cover-up” and a “callous indifference” […]
Video: Adithya Sambamurthy | Read full transcript U.S. Navy cook Hosea Roundtree watched the 1983 shelling of Beirut from the deck of a ship, feelings of helplessness washing over him as people perished onshore. That memory haunted him, resurrected in flashbacks eight years later after a tour in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. But […]
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs denied Navy veteran Hosea Roundtree’s disability benefits claim for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, saying it could find no evidence that he was in combat. When a VA claims processor tried to intervene, she says she was forced out. Veterans’ advocates say Roundtree’s case illustrates the VA’s priorities: productivity […]
The Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn’t talk to the Center for Investigative Reporting about why Jamie Fox lost her job. But in a sworn deposition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Victoria Carradero grilled Fox about our investigation, asking her about the time and place of our interview with her and the questions we asked.
Veterans waiting for decisions on their disability claims wait longer than the VA has acknowledged, especially if they come from larger urban areas. Solutions tried in four locations have not helped so far, as the backlog continues to grow.
The entrance at the Menlo Park Division of the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs campus.Jason Henry/For The Center for Investigative Reporting Francis Guilfoyle, a 55-year-old homeless veteran, drove his 1985 Toyota Camry to the Department of Veterans Affairs campus in Menlo Park early in the morning of Dec. 3, took a stepladder and a rope out […]
This month, the Department of Veterans Affairs informed the parents of William Hamilton, an Iraq war veteran, that it was not responsible for his death. Hamilton had been admitted nine times to a V.A. psychiatric ward in Palo Alto. He saw demon women and talked to a man he had killed in Iraq. His parents […]