The VA Strikes Again, Again

The Department of Veterans Affairs has mistakenly declared [more than 4,000] veterans to be deceased and canceled their benefits over the past five years, a new snafu to emerge at the embattled department.

Of course, one thing that’s carefully elided is the “evidence” the VA uses to tell a veteran he’s dead.

The department doesn’t keep records of the causes behind such errors.

Can’t have things like this be known to be commonplace:

A clerical error led to the first instance of [Navy veteran Michael] Rieker’s canceled benefits after a VA employee identified him as Michael G. Rieker—though his middle initial is “C”—and declared him dead in the system, according to a department letter sent in December.

Under the system that led to Mr Rieker’s benefits cancellation, the VA’s system automatically cross-checked the name and Social Security number with the Social Security Administration’s so-called Death Master File….

That’s an utterly dishonest response to a simple typo.  For how long had “Michael G Rieker” been dead, and why was a flag not raised over the continued payments to this dead veteran, especially in light of the VA’s having been caught out routinely paying benefits to dead veterans?  Did a “Michael G Rieker” even exist in this Death file?

Not even incompetence sinks to this level of laziness, not in an agency with this one’s long, venerable track record of failure.

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