Excuse my while I grab my soapbox – VA edition

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Well lovelies, I’m busting out my soapbox this morning because, well… the news gets me fired up. Grab some coffee and hang on!

So I came across an article about a Florida woman who plead guilty to defrauding the government out of over $400,000. She is a veteran and claimed she was blind from an injury sustained during her military service. And she collected benefits for fifteen years. She faces up to ten years in prison.

So…I have some issues with this.

First and foremost, I am a huge supporter of our troops. They work hard and put their lives on the line to defend our country.

The article didn’t go into detail about this woman’s military service. However, I don’t understand how a person could say she’s blind and nobody follows up. They just took her word for it? Didn’t an ophthalmologist examine her? Didn’t they run some tests? This woman holds drivers licenses in multiple states, owns and operates a motor vehicle and has a job; all of which require the ability to see. This went on for FIFTEEN years before anyone noticed?! That’s insane!

For the most part, veterans in this country struggle to receive benefits and services as it is. It’s actually easier to get on welfare and other related government assistance than it is for veterans to receive benefits that they most definitely have earned a right to. How this woman slipped through the cracks, I don’t know. But the article focuses on the acts of the woman and not the government. Sure, the woman was in the wrong and she should be punished for her crime. But isn’t the VA culpable also?

My husband is a veteran, is employed by the federal government and we have federal health insurance. Up until this year, we haven’t been able to get autism therapy for our son. Effective 01/01/17, that was supposed to change. But upon calling and calling my insurance company, no one has answers or returns my calls. And we pay for this insurance! But this woman can just tell someone she’s blind and they fork over the benefits, no questions asked. Seems like a faulty system to me. While the woman should be held legally responsible, I think the government should be too.

If you’d like to read the article, click here.

*drops mic
*climbs off soapbox

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