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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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  • michelle August 13, 2015, 9:46 pm

    This does not make any sense to me’ I’ve met a couple Veterans in my life’ one of the vets’ I’ve actually met was phony about his injuries’ every time i have seen this man he is living it up in no pain what so ever. riding bikes’ going 4 wheeling’ swimming just fine’ walks just fine runs just fine’ an collects so much money monthly and yearly just fine for Injuries no one can see and he is pretty smart as well to be still scamming the way he does. he is a big scam in everything he does not to mention I know for a fact all this vet does is buy Drugs and sells them making more money on the side’ he also does the drugs he sells, also yes it goes on he is seeing a woman who collects social security monthly but does not report it to social security so that is extra money this house hold.. they recently just got 60 thousand dollars and have been bragging about it on face book showing off all the stuff they are buying with the money with there new play money. that is not including what he gets monthly’ these people are terrible people and has been doing this fraud for years’ I have not seen no injuries what so ever from this man’ I feel sorry for the real vets who actually was hurt and still hurt to this day’ them i can see them collecting that much money they deserve it the most. people missing legs arms that can’t work’ I appreciate the vets for what they do to help our country. what i don’t appreciate is what I just describe’ everyone loves blaming social security and welfare for taking all the money are you kidding me. Its people like this taking all the money they are no better than the celeb’s in my opinion being over paid.. anyway these people have been scamming for a while’ Its awful how they continue to get away with it’ I know this has been a long rant but come on something has got to give’

  • someRtakerssomeRgivers August 17, 2015, 10:34 am

    This subject infuriates me to no end! My father has lived since he was 19 years old with no legs, full of shrapnel, a painful skin graft from his neck to his glute, and symptoms of Malaria. He is a tough Veitnam Combat Veteran who never complains, works small jobs on his own land and will come in early just to witness his blisters on his stumps. He then retires to his wheelchair early evening cause the pain is too great, however he will never admit it.

    Now, I have an ex-friend who went to Germany during peace time for the GI Bill and free college tuition. He graduates from college and in the meantime always told me he would retire by the time he hits 40 years old. I knew something was going on around his 39th birthday, this poser was crying and complaining of “Not being able to make a decision” so he made multiple appointments at the local VA Hospital. One year later, he’s living high on the hog, swimming, kayaking, snowmobiling, ATV’ing, snowshoeing, vacationing, buying a new home, working on yard work, operating a new tractor for hours on end. Does not have one lick of disability. One thing that I learned is that SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKERS, and OTHERS ARE GIVERS. My father is definitely a giver! This jerk is a pure taker!!! Thief!!!

  • unknown August 26, 2015, 10:02 am

    Why does a veteran with 50% to 80% disability for his knee being damaged receiving a nice check monthly be able to do that and also working as a deisel mechanic lifting heavy tires and freight ,walking all day be able to claim disability and people who really need it cant receive it,is that allowed??

  • sickoffreeloaders August 26, 2015, 12:25 pm

    I know of someone who gets full disability says he cant work but can ride a motorcycle during the summer all day long plus boating and fishing also. He also can ride a snowmobile in the winter. Can also stand for hours in the bars. Even helps a friend trim tree’s! If someone can do that I would think there is some sort of a job he can do. Iam tired of coming to work everyday to support people like this especially when others who are not Vets cant get anything.

  • Busted32 August 26, 2015, 6:50 pm

    I know a freeloDer who draws extra for my kids and his but neither live with him!!! My kids live at my home,& on my insurance and all my other benifits, so how is he allowed to draw money for my children?? He’s divorced from my kids mother, so how&why is he allowed to get money for them??? Is that not fraud????

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