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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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  • Master Rated Parachutist December 18, 2014, 7:14 pm

    Barry O. lowered the threshold of what it takes to claim PTSD as a disability from not having to site a particular occurrence to just being in theater a few years ago. Since then, there has been a wave of people filing for this disorder. Make no mistake, PTSD is a real condition, but it just is not restricted to people in combat or even being in the military. EVERYONE suffers a little PTSD after a substantial loss or traumatic event. What people don’t realize is that once you claim PTSD it is in your medical records and WILL be used to prevent one from purchasing firearms. Another thing people don’t understand is that you can come out of the other end with a 0% rating on anything you claim. A good friend of mine has had 4 Afghanistan tours and has never been involved with an IED, firefight, he’s never even seen anybody injured except for recreational football games. I have witnessed way more gore and guts before and after my service and without ever being in combat. When a rating is awarded, you are not looked at by VA as being 40% disabled, rather 60% enabled. Just because you get 20% from one injury does not mean you get paid at the 20% level. There is an equation used to combine all rated disabilities which comes out as your overall rating. 40% +40% does not equal an 80% rating. It is very confusing, but I believe is very fair. As far as fraudulent claims, sure there are those with no honor. As for myself, I was put through 4 comprehensive exams, x-rays, range of motion, etc. over a period of 2 and a half years. The examiners were very thorough and personally can’t see how fraud can be committed except for mental issues, probably the only thing that can be faked. Different states have different laws, but it is a crime to maliciously report disability fraud out of spite or retribution, which pretty much sounds like every complaint on this blog. these complainers need to get a life and get your nose out of business that is not pertained to you. A troop isn’t committing disability fraud just because their dog craps on your lawn.

    • Concerned January 1, 2015, 7:56 pm

      You are correct that the bar for PTSD was dramatically lowered (legal standard was changed from ‘more likely than not’ to ‘at least as likely as not’)
      But this was not Obama’s fault..he doesn’t submit or vote on legislation. Read up on Gov’t 101 to see for yourself.
      I consider myself a somewhat liberal veteran, but the fraud problem is huge and I see the ‘Red Team’ as more of a problem here (can you name a single Repub who has spoken on the issue? AND, remember voting patterns my friend: military and vet org’s usually vote Red)
      For those who disagree with me, consider this; statistics clearly show us to be at the highest level of per capita disability in history, and the applications for disability of all kinds skyrocketed with the Great Recession begun under GW’s watch. At some point, unless we bend the curve, we will have TEN PERCENT of the US population on disability of some kind. This is financially unsustainable according to actuaries who crunch the numbers.

  • Robert G. January 10, 2015, 10:15 pm

    I recently had a FOIA request for some documents regarding my equitable relief process denied. Strange thing is, the request never showed up on my eBenefits account. The request was never processed, yet it was denied.
    I have addressed this matter all the way to Secretary Hickey. Still no answer. The denial letter stated Exemption 5.

  • Patrick D. February 3, 2015, 11:02 am

    This person has claimed to be retired military getting many benefits from government. He has no current drivers license and accumulated many unpaid fines which state not military yet does much business on his wesite. Became the president of the board for our condo association and has gained four units in the past three years. Something is wrong with this picture and hope this is looked into because he rents these units out like vacation rentals when this is a long term residential condo. Is it that easy to lie about military status to claim benefits? How do we get justice?

    [Admin’s Note: Patrick, Is it possible that this guy inherited some money? If you and other condo owners are unhappy (and suspicious) you could run a background check. With the Internet being what it is today there is a lot you can learn about a person. Also, if you have enough votes have you considered changing the CC&Rs to prevent condos being rented as vacation rentals. If that doesn’t work you might want to check with local authorities if a permit is required and if he has one (he’s running it like a business typically there are health and safety laws that need to be followed. Sounds like the guy ODed on Monopoly as a kid.]

  • Stacey February 4, 2015, 9:14 am

    I know someone that is collecting 100% VA benefits. Before he started collecting benefits he was a union carpenter but gave it up to collect from out government. He never actually stopped working though. He had been doing construction work ever since and last year opened a construction company using his sons name and social security number. He makes quite a good living doing this. His don has nothing to do with the business other than using his info. He is on every job site. Up on roofs, ladders, swinging hammers, and everything else related to running a company. Including dealing with customers. I think its disgusting that someone like this is collecting a substantial check from the government because he can’t work then runs a business and takes money from the hard working people out there trying to make a living that aren’t collecting “free money”. It hurts hard working people as well as those trying to get benefits that are struggling to get any help due to the overload of people like him cheating the system. What can be done to stop this? It’s not fair to take good off the tables of those who really deserve it. He’s a fraud and it needs to stop!!

  • Synthia February 21, 2015, 1:05 pm

    I have reported fraud by a VA social worker, Corinne H., receiving a 90% rating, non combat vet, very able bodied and never gets her own mental health issues addressed, working fulltime in the VA Heath Care system in San Diego. This person even tried to get more money for bunions on her feet – blaming the military, she hasn’t been military in decades-hey, its the tight high heels This person has not been required to do regular C & P exams, is blogging risqué pictures on “Lesbian Love” and under “Social Worker” on her Pinterest – writing crazy things about me, my children and stating she can get me meds-she is not a doctor and appears to have a grandious opinion of herself. She states that I am psycho, off my meds, bi-polar….the list is too log to mention-non of which is true. She is further engaged in bondage and S & M(according to Biker or Not)-not my business, but clearly when someone is reported to the VA OIG, and this social workers Director, as I have done-something should be done. The unethical behavior of a federal employee, lack of morals and continued harassment from this person-should result in some sort of reprimand at the very least. Federal employees should be held to a high standard of ethical conduct. This is not the case and clearly this social worker needs to be reevaluated for her alleged disabilities. It’s time the VA spends time on truly needy veterans who live on the street, who are combat veterans….not the greedy! She is able to do anything physical….clearly. She is greedy and has acquired a lavish lifestyle-3 motorcycles, Mercedes…. All the VA needs to do is look at where the money she gets tax free is going-it’s all over the internet social sites. She is a fraud!!!!

  • Zahmill March 1, 2015, 12:46 pm

    I know someone committing fraud. She was discharged from the military for fibromyalgia but I’ve seen her carry beds..TVs.. and even go paint balling and sky zone jumping higher than she ever claims she can jump. She didn’t even fulfill her initial obligation. Someone instructed her to get out and collect benefits. Its crazy because she is very able bodied.

    • Annonymous March 17, 2015, 3:10 pm

      The problem is that the fraudulent claims continue for years, even decades because the VA doesn’t follow up on the alleged disabilities. I know someone making an extremely good living-education…compliments of the VA. If a person claims mental health issues that are not obvious, yet can focus on a high GPA in college and getting a high paying position with the VA as a social worker. WHY IS THE VA NOT CHECKING HER FOR HER SO CALLED DISABILITIES???? She is a scam artist for sure and should be charged with fraud. It is ridiculous what our non-combat vets get for making up disabilities. Oh, the list goes on with this person and she goes through life unscathed. I have reported, documented, etc. to no end and they don’t do anything about this person. She forged a federal document when she was a service officer-I reported this to VA OIG nothing happened. Bankruptcy fraud-nothing happened.

  • Derek March 22, 2015, 8:42 am

    Hello Please Help!

    Creating, Possessing or Distributing Child Pornography is a crime, also falsely accusing someone of the above is a crime! Circuit Court Judge V. M. has silenced all allegations and evidence in this case, even down to a pending professional discovery and analysis.

    A year later as Pro Se, I attempted to file a Modification of Custody since the Judge never addressed the issues of “Child Sexual Abuse Content Contain on the Media” I was hit with continuances just as before and 6 week before I was to return to court, I was ambushed by two Chicago Police Officers in an attempt to take the only Forensic copy. I filed suit against the police for their brutality, and when I stood in front of the Judge. Judge M. said the court received a third parties letter stating “that the 7 page transcript was copied from the original and they never listened to the audio.” The Judge held me “Contempt of Court.” Stating that it was illegal for me to send this type of material via internet. The court did not give me a 30 day notice that a third party had address an issue into this as I gave the court a 30 day notice that I was entering material into the case by a third party. Judge M. rules by hearsay and not evidence or fact has given herself judicial immunity for her judicial functions.

    Judges have no judicial immunity for criminal acts, aiding, assisting, or conniving with others who perform a criminal act, or for their administrative/ministerial duties. When a judge has a duty to act, he does not have discretion he is then not performing a judicial act, he is performing a ministerial act.

    So, 18 U.S. Code § 2252 remains in lower court until I can being justice to my children. Who I believe the adults are captured on this media sexually abusing my two helpless children is insignificant to what these children are coerced in preforming with adults. Child Molesters are the sneakiest low lifers on earth. Any evidence on the sexual child (victim) cannot and must not be silenced accepting hearsay as fact that nothing happen to a child, this evidence must be destroyed in the proper matter and justice served!

    I cannot post anything online from this media the court silenced without jeopardizing my freedom not one critical events involving these minors from the 90 mins media, it’s too graphic, but was able to locate a highly concerning segment on the same media. This event is of this minor child (male) trying to articulating to his mother the adult’s promiscuous activity and the adult are trying to silence him. Please listen carefully to the child https://youtu.be/mNzJxYTjNf0. Other videos at the same website are of the police ambush during court proceeding and one video is voice capturing setting up for a pending attack on me, just two days before the police video. It’s interesting that the court issuing of continuances was proceeded though these two events. A Judge is responsible for activities inside the court room as well as outside!

    My two teenage children have no knowledge of their life as minors being sexually mistreated with adults, I didn’t want them to be traumatized by such horrible memories such as I am. The location of my daughter’s anal birthmark is a hot topic between the adults on the media. A closer inspection of this audio at that point (11:32 12:01 on track 1 of 3) reveals a depiction of two adults coercing a child to engage sexually with an adult male (Franklin T., a family member). He was involved in a 15 year V.A fraud on May 29, 2002 he received the 14th illegal U.S Federal Reserve Check, he is the adult voice captured at 11:42 – 12:02 on track 1.

    After the attack on my two children, Dec 2002 Mr. T. was arrested and incarcerated on non-related case. During that time I discovered his method of how to gain illegal funds from the V.A dept. I was the one who prepare the 15th claim form and my mother (E. T.) submitted the claim for $8086. I waited a while for the processing to begin and informed the proper authorities of the fraud, in time to stop that check from being issued. In 2004 I was interviewed by two FBI agents, I informed them as to what Mr. T. had done to my two children and attempted to hand them the audio. The Agents told me that someone from the State Attorney’s Office would be in contact with me, they never did. The FBI agents showed me 15th documents 6 of which I played a major part in creating those agents, not only took credit for something they know nothing about. They intentional covered up material information, evidence that V.A fraud totaled over $100k was given to Drug Lords generated over $3.1M was used for the advertising campaign for the 2007 United States Presidential Election and the agents as well helped silence 18 U.S. Code § 2252.

    Certain material content of the above nature exist or doesn’t, the only way this can be brought out of the dark is with your help! Every child abuse case matters, it starts by someone coming forward and the closure begins. If no one is willing to believe an adult raped victim, what chances does a molested toddler have? A letter from the Professional Forensic Company I retained during the court process, it’s not in the court clerk’s office anymore, why? Again it is insignificant as to who I accuse, all that matters is that tangible evidence exist on a sexually abuse child and its being silenced. Regardless of what authorities say, as long as I believe that some evidence exist of my child being mistreated, it is my responsibility to bring it out of the dark as a loving father that is my duty! You have an important opportunity to be hero’s to my two children and me and most importantly your acting to help vulnerable sexually abuse children stuck in our court system without proper representation and little funds to plea their care in states all over America.

    Please help is not the above content a concerning matter for you as it is for me, please trust me you don’t want to ignore this case. If you do, we will only be about to speculate as to how, but we won’t know who hit! Sometimes the FBI best lead to solving a crime is though information the public provides, if you find any one thing above to be factual, I guarantee these perpetrators involved wouldn’t even tell you that! Help save my two children and you might really be saving your own!

    Sincerely,
    A Love father & devoted soldier

    [Admin note: Names are redacted.]

  • R. E. April 11, 2015, 10:25 am

    My now Ex husband M. got 100% VA disability in 2008 from AZ—90% then extra for not being able to work. M. got a spinal cord stimulator installed in 2008 paid by Tricare (over $100,000) while I was in the military and was recovered. He didn’t want to lose all his benefits ($5077 each month) since he got for his Disability with VA ($3119) and Social Security ($1308) with $450 from SSN for his kids he now uses for child support. (His take home pay which is tax free is $4427) Since he is 100% disabled by VA he got the Judge convinced during his divorce that VA disability is not included in child support.

    He dragged out his divorce for two years without paying child support while getting VA disability with married benefits. This man is convinced since the VA declared him disabled he is exempt from paying taxes and his bills. He stopped paying his mortgage for over a year, ran up credit cards then declared bankruptcy during his divorce. Ruined his wife’s credit and the divorce judge couldn’t touch the bankruptcy property during divorce—so declared a divorce with stipulation have to get permission from Bankruptcy court judge to hear the property issue. M., after getting Spinal Cord stimulator, started volunteering full time as Police Augmentee. He wore full police gear, running in and out of police cars and chasing criminals while wearing bullet proof jacket and gun. He worked full time, full hours with the regular police in the [redacted] AL Police Department. He did this for 3 years until filing for divorce (2010-2013). Then took a leave of absence since it looks bad during divorce to claim disability while doing full time volunteer work. This is clearly a case of fraud. There are many vets, including myself waiting on VA disability benefits and this man is living high and not paying any taxes. To add insult to the tax payers, M. is getting free medical through Medicaid. This kind of fraud and misconduct should be criminal. I am not whining—I want proper justice. I have filed a VA complaint but not heard anything. I will be writing every congressman I can find on this issue. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    [ADMIN’s Reply]
    When it comes to taxes report the situation to both the IRS and his state board. There may be violations in regards to Medicaid that should be reported as well. Unless he specifically claims physical limitations it’s difficult for anyone to gauge the amount of pain he can endure. Photos/videos is the best documentation when a fraudulent disability is claimed and are difficult to dispute and will help your congressman take action The more documentation you provide with a complaint the better. Good luck to you and your children.

  • Confused but Proud April 18, 2015, 5:34 am

    Well I am going to first say forgive the writing skills. Seams to me since it took one letter from a retired DOCTOR to blow this Phoenix thing open and the thousands of complaints from the VETs did nothing I would send all the fraud complaints of disability to the provider who signed them off as disabled a maybe one will remember what integrity is and not wait until they retire to save try and save the lives of the men and woman who served while he was in med school. I installed Sen John McCain’s security system in his Phoenix home years ago cant help but wonder how many letters of complaint he received from Phoenix Vets hoping he was their security system. Someone explain something to me. The first thing out of boot camp the Coast Guard sent me to FBI shoot dont shoot school so when we were in harms way I didn’t kill a friendly. The last thing I wanted was to be the 18 year old kid with the m16 thats why I joined the Coast Guard. My point is my job was to do what I was told if it meant be a killer that was my job period. Why if I would have been shot or the Coast Guard kid as we speak putting his ass on the line every day not as respected and valued with the same benefits as every bad ass kid who after 911 said I want Marines infantry so I can go kill me some 911 lovers the front lines of war. Granted I am pretty sure no comparison to the Coast Guard guy but bet your ass if needed he would be side to side and dam sure didn’t volunteer for the horrors of war. But yet he is less than and I don’t get it. If it was a draft thats different but I dont go to my groups and talk about the waves were just to scary and now I cant take a bath cuz it reminds me of my sinking ship. It was my job. I took my dead butty to his Mom as she cried at my feet as I stood attention at his coufin. I cant get it out of my head her asking why why cuz her son joined the Coast Guard not the front line bad asses. It was my job period end of story. We all hope well I did anyway that during my time war would not be declared but knowing its my job if it does. Men I have not one clue what that level of combat experience is like but if I wanted to brag that I was a bad ass I wouldnt be crying about it cuz it was my job nore would I feel better than the non war Vet. Now remember all Navy,Coast Guard, and Air Force who never picked up a weapon are more respected and I just dont get but I am sure I am going to find out some opinions.

    Much respect !!!!

  • Confused but Proud April 18, 2015, 6:04 am

    Once again my point is this. If you loose a limb in piece time or war time it don’t matter you out a limb and you volunteered. So my local VA hospital and office has sabotaged me and my disability claims to the point of a low life clerk lying and steeling my soul by accusing me of saying if the VA dont give me what I want I will blow the place up. Men words or tears cant come close to ya I am saying it not even WAR can equal that. Just because thirty five years later I now need disability for the things I said on my discharge physical and somehow I don’t deserve it because it wasn’t war time and thats wrong. I lived with it and asked for nothing for thirty years if there’s anything left after putting the kids back together I would like to die with whats left cuz I earned it. Shame on the Boise VA shame on you!!!

  • Angel April 19, 2015, 7:29 am

    I have a neighbor that has stated that he faked his disability by answering most questions in the psychological test in the scale from 1 – 10, 6 and he got 100% disable status. Was planning to have the wife to apply for benefits as the only person to take care of him as he could not even drive. He is consider to have PTSD and has stated he does not have it at times, other times he claims he does. The fact is that he shoots fireworks, his gun in the pond across the street of our house and constantly smokes pot, even distributes in the close gas stations. Is this a wrong thing?

  • Bill April 23, 2015, 7:18 am

    i work at a VA hospital and am a proud veteran. It appears every body who is getting out of the military is getting disability. The Vietnam veterans are jealous so they are all going after it. I see nothing but fraud and very few real combat related disabilities if any. Even employees all around me who are veterans are either getting it or going after it. It is disgusting. I blame a lot of it on politicians who wrap the flag around themselves and proclaim all that serve are war heroes. NOT. I also blame it on the rats of this generation who are of the mindset that the government owes them something when they get out. Getting disability, forcing their way into government jobs because of veteran preference. There is no shame.

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