Veterans Adminstration (VA) Secretary Jim Nicholson has been accused by injured Iraq war veterans of denying them benefits. The class action suit was filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans. Attorneys filing the class action said that the objective is not monetary. What they want is for the VA to provide the mental and physical disability benefits and treatments the veterans are already entitled to receive.
The complaint in part reads: “Unless systemic and drastic measures are instituted immediately, the costs to these [Iraq] veterans, their families, and our nation will be incalculable, including broken families, a new generation of unemployed and homeless veterans, increase in drug abuse and alcoholism, and crushing burdens on the health care delivery system.”
Earlier this month the 9th Circuit Federal Court in San Francisco issued a strong rebuke directed at the VA. The VA was ordered to provide retroactive benefits to Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and contracted a form of leukemia.