America’s Veterans deserve our utmost respect and our commitment to them must be unwavering. These men and women have fought, sacrificed and died to keep our country free and safe.
I am committed to ensuring that all those who have served our nation receive the care and benefits we've promised them, as well as the proper equipment and support during their time as active members of the military. Recent proposals to cut health and retirement benefits for Veterans are deeply misguided and I will oppose them.
Furthermore, during these challenging economic times, it is simply unacceptable to see young men and women returning from multiple deployments and unable to find work. The post-9/11 Veteran unemployment rate is staggering and clearly more needs to be done to provide a smooth transition to civilian life for our soldiers.
We have also seen alarming levels among Veterans of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stemming from traumatic brain injuries, along with other mental health issues. Our gratitude is not enough. I will always fight to protect the benefits that Veterans earned.
America’s veterans deserve our respect and our commitment to them must be unwavering. These men and women have fought, sacrificed and died to keep our country free and safe.
For more information concerning my work to support our Veterans, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
More on Veterans Issues
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) participated in a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing today on systemic failures and dysfunction at the Oakland Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Regional Office. The hearing also examined horrific reports of mismanagement and data manipulation at the Philadelphia VA Regional Office. Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs and whistleblowers from these two regional offices testified before the committee today.
Washington, DC – Responding to Congressional criticism over how it implemented the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will expand eligibility requirements for veterans. Under the new eligibility, the calculation used to determine eligibility based on the distance from health care facilities will change from a 40 mile straight line to 40 miles of driving distance. The change in eligibility is expected to roughly double the number of eligible veterans for the program.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) released the following remarks regarding the on-going investigation into nearly 14,000 Veteran benefits claims that were discovered in a filing cabinet at the Oakland VA and the subsequent report that was released last Wednesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been involved in a scandal regarding the failure to process valid benefit claims, forcing General Eric Shinseki to resign as Secretary of the department on May 30, 2014. In the latest depressing news, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published “Review of Alleged Mismanagement of Informal Claims Processing at VA Regional Office Oakland,” confirming allegations by Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) that the Oakland VA Regional Office had not processed nearly 14,000 benefit claims dating back to the mid-1990s.
02/19/2015 04:00:53 PM PST
By Doug Oakley
OAKLAND -- The Oakland office of Veterans Affairs improperly filed and then lost about 14,000 unprocessed veterans benefit claims, some dating back to the 1990s, according to a federal government investigation released Wednesday.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
A government watchdog revealed on Wednesday that a regional Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland, Calif., dealt with disability claims the easy way: by stuffing them by the thousands into a filing cabinet and doing absolutely nothing.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ internal watchdog determined that an Oakland, Calif.-based regional office mismanaged more than 13,000 disability claims found tucked away in a filing cabinet over two years ago, according to a report released Wednesday.
The report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General showed consistent lack of accountability and record keeping at the regional office, resulting in some veterans not receiving benefits.