The Chicago Sun Times has been brave enough to defy the
usual press silence on Veterans Affairs. Through the years even large
rallies with intelligent, informed speakers have been boycotted by the
Press. Those few who attend have to surrender their stories to the Editor's
axe. Thomas Jefferson said:
WARRIORS: A Special Series of articles on treatment of Veterans
wounded vets at bottom for benefits
"It shouldn't have taken this long," Faris said. "My father is 73 years old. He should have been getting benefits the day he got discharged. Why don't they tell them what they're entitled to? They just deny and deny and hope you give up."
states play it cheap with disabled vets
That fact, revealed in a Chicago Sun-Times article last week, sparked Illinois politicians Friday to demand investigations into why the federal VA office in Chicago was one of the stingiest in the country. On Saturday, Mayor Daley joined the chorus of politicians seeking a VA review, including Gov. Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
Hastert jumps into vets scandal
December 10, 2004
BY CHERYL L. REED Staff Reporter
In 2000, a VA doctor diagnosed Vargas with post-traumatic stress disorder and told him not to return to his job as a mechanic at a nuclear power plant. But Chicago raters told him he couldn't prove he ever saw combat and continued to deny his claim.
at meeting say VA ducking questions
Some of the most disturbing testimony came from Korean War veteran George Baxter, 74, who was a prisoner of war. Baxter was shot twice, his right leg was amputated and his left leg was deformed by repeated military surgeries to repair severe frostbite he suffered in the mountains of Korea. . . Part of Baxter's challenge was that VA raters kept insisting that Baxter's mangled left foot was a genetic deformity.
'wakes up,' sends vet $18,144
Ciancanelli's fight with the Chicago VA office was detailed in a Dec. 26 article that also disclosed the agency's Chicago office has ranked among the stingiest in the nation for more than 70 years.
soldier's Easter story
promised additional security that day, and it never showed up,"
Williamson said, his voice rising as he remembered leaving Baghdad on
Easter morning to deliver fuel to Marines in Fallujah.
contradict VA's explanation on disparity in veterans' benefits