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War veterans who suffer physical and emotion illness frequently suffer financial hardships due to their inability to find suitable employment. Veterans Affairs (VA) offers substantial medical services and benefits to those who have suffered a disability.

Unfortunately, the VA disability benefits can serve as an incentive to commit fraud and abuse. Psychiatric disabilities, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is one area that has seen a substantial increase of claims. One study of veterans seeking a PTSD disability claim found that 69% of those veterans scored higher for symptoms of malingering than the control group of non compensation seeking veterans on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2).

Just because someone does not appear to have a disability does it mean their claim is fraudulent. Before acting on your instincts to report fraud it is best to find out why they are receiving those benefits. If you have ever thought that someone in a handicap parking space looks healthy, but later come to learn that they are waiting for a kidney transplant, you learn not to judge by appearances. Another example is someone who often experiences seizures.

Because PTSD is not a affliction that can be measured it is difficult to determine who is a malingerer and who legitimately suffers from the disorder. There are legitimate psychological and mental impairments for collecting disability.

Before reporting a fraudulent claimant you need to understand more about their exact disability and to become familiar with the conditions/symptoms of their disability. Once you are familiar with their diagnosis and the symptoms of their disorder, then you need to consider things that are incongruent between their behavior and their diagnosis. That in-congruency is something the VA wants to know about.

You can contact the Department of Veterans Affairs’ hotline at (800) 488-8244, between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday–excluding Federal holidays. Write the VA hotline at: VA Inspector General Hotline (53E), P.O. Box 50410, Washington, DC 20091-0410. Or contact them by email: vaoighotline@va.gov

The types of complaints the VA hotline accepts:

  • Employee misconduct.
  • Patient abuse.
  • Serious safety violations.
  • Theft from VA beneficiaries.
  • Theft or misuse of Government property.
  • False claims by beneficiaries, claimants, patients, employees, or contractors.
  • Systemic problems with VA programs or operations.
  • Gross waste of funds or official time.

The VA hotline will want to know:

  • The particular VA facility or office involved.
  • The identity of the wrongdoer(s) and victim(s).
  • The alleged legal or policy violation(s) or other misconduct.
  • The effect of the wrongdoing, such as dollars lost, delay produced, etc.
  • The date(s) when the event(s) occurred.
  • The identity of any witness(es) to the event(s).
  • Copies of relevant documents that support the allegation.
  • Whether anyone else has already reviewed the allegation.
  • An address and telephone number of a named complainant and whether the complainant wishes confidentiality.

The VA does NOT want to know about:

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  • Rob April 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

    My dad is a big time fraud with this stuff. He served two years in Vietnam on an airplane. Worked most of his life and partying being an idiot not saving any money or taking care of his family. He talks to some guy at the American legion that tells him how to game the system and he jumped on the VA money wagon. He is morbidly obese and when he was in his 30s crash his bike and missed his back up. He has never taken care of himself. Now he is 100% disabled, he is so fat he uses a wheelchair that the VA spent at least 10k on. He gets a new Van every two years thanks to VA. He just sits around watching TV eating, spends money without even thinking about it (700 a month at least on scratcher lottery tickets). Whole family can’t stand him and his constant bragging about not having saved for retirement and hitting the VA jackpot. It’s funny because when I was younger I thought he really deserved it and after all he was my dad and I loved him unconditionally, but now as an adult and a father I have no respect for him, I will always love him and he is blood but a big part of me just can’t stand what he is doing. And it’s not just him it’s all of his buddies they are all doing the same thing. I have a friend my age and he is doing the same thing. They might as well just say if you join the military and serve a term the VA will give you free medical and income for life with all the fraud going on.
    I can’t see how it is sustainable, unfortunately I can see all this fraud eventually causing a back lash and they vets that really do deserve these benefits are going to get screwed.

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