The Department of Veterans’ Affairs claims they’re getting serious about chasing down criminals who impersonate heroes in order to get VA benefits, according to ABC News. I find that real hard to believe.
Someone in one state did a survey of the number of people receiving benefits for being former POWs. The Department of Defense counted 16 in that particular state and the state was paying benefits to over 600 to the tune of $36,000/year/veteran.
I’ve volunteered to do the leg work for the VA, Mary at POW Network has also volunteered, but they’re not interested in busting phonies so badly that they’ll actually look for them. So who do they think they’re fooling?
Busting phony POWs is the easiest thing that the VA can do to erase phonies from their rolls by comparing DoD’s list of POWs to the the VA’s list. How hard is that? But the VA won’t release the list of who they’re paying for being POWs.
I know there are people from the DVA reading this right now – if you’re serious, prove it.