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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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  • Vicki June 7, 2014, 8:07 am

    My son was in jail for seven months. He was drinking and over medicating with AMBIEN prescribed by the VA. He was driving 100 mph in a 30 mph zone. He has no recollection of this. So due to that and several other violations he spent time in jail. He was quite open about getting high by taking too many AMBIEN. So here is the clenched. He went to the VA upon his release from jail. He is in their six week program for addiction. The VA prescribed AMBIEN for sleep to my son who loves how it makes him feel. He went seven months without it and they just gave an addict his drug. He could have said no but he didn’t. There have been thousands of reports on the catastrophic effects on individuals, and the VA is handing it out to Veterans who already have serious PTSD and chemical dependency. My son is at the VA in Been Bay, WI.

    [Admin Note: One of the reasons that you don't hear much about this on the news is because of the Federal HIPPA rules. It is only when individuals go to trial and the court record becomes public do you hear about the drugs the violator was using.]

  • Pete June 9, 2014, 11:15 am

    I just recently found out the VA was paying out money under my name/information and I have yet to go in and file anything aside from educational benefits, and I have yet to be seen after separating to file even the initial paperwork from my exit physical. How does this even happen?

    [Admin Note: It would be a good idea to get a copy of your credit reports--you're entitled to one annual report from each of the credit bureaus. One company that will do a lot of the leg work for you is Life Lock. Haven't used them myself, but it is worth checking out.]

  • Angi June 12, 2014, 2:06 am

    My husband and I are separated. He has held the divorce up for several years, because he was active duty Army, and didn’t want me to get part of his retirement benefits. He recently retired from the Army, due to PTSD. He is hiding out in Georgia and the court system, or his family is doing nothing to help me because I don’t have an address for him, and he is receiving benefits for a family, and we are not receiving anything. We were put out of our home, and I have had to take extreme measures in order to keep food on our table and a roof over our heads. What can be done about this, and who do I need to contact.

  • GI June 12, 2014, 1:52 pm

    This must be the silliest forum out there. Obviously, the Administrator knows nothing of C & P, or just plain ignorant like 99% of these people? Mr. Administrator, if in fact these people who claim to be working within the VA System, or as a RATER, have compromised their position. Therefore, must be singled out and reported to the VA POLICE.

    You claim that you take links you want and turn them over to whom ever, in the VA? Hogwash! Such comments, and actions read within this site sound like an extremist group? In fact, 99% don’t understand anything about why and how someone gets a rating. Yeah, like someone went in and lied through MRI’s, etc. and months to years of doctor appointments. Frankly, your problems and cranking should go toward the system and not the VETERAN. This is nothing more but a soap opera. In closing, you have more fraud happening with SS, WIC, and WELFARE, than VA. Veterans are put through shitloads of evaluations, time off of work, and headaches, then when they get a rating, it was not their choosing. This is why I take low regards, to tasteless innuendoes posted from start to finish in regards to bottom line ENVY AND JEALOUSY THAT SOMEONE HAS SOMETHING I WANT!!! Only in America!

    [Admin Note: Apparently you're not aware of the people who have reported VA Fraud to no avail. You might want to actually read the material because nowhere do we claim to turn links over to anyone in the VA. What we do recommend is that fraud be reported. Or top concern is that the men and women who have valiantly served this country get the treatment they need. It doesn't take a genius to understand that fraudulent claims have created a bottleneck for legitimate claims, which is evident by the recent problems involving waiting lists at the VA hospitals. Minimizing the impact VA fraud by claiming that fraud happens with other social services does a great disservice to those Vets who are desperate to obtain help.]

    • ri June 25, 2014, 4:25 pm

      I personally have heard stories of people committing fraud (from their own mouths). One guy told me he didn’t sleep for 2 days and drank 2 bottles of NyQuil so he could score higher on his sleep apnea test. he received 100% due to the results. 4 years of service, no time in theater. recently another guy told me he purposely had surgeries done in the military that he needed from college and then claimed his old college injuries for disability and even got 70% for anxiety in which he takes no meds for and has no signs or symptoms. he served 4 years, no time in theater. there is a lot of fraud and it only ruins it for the people who really need it. and it doesn’t help the people who get it either. You don’t benefit by selling your dignity. I have other stories that are worse, but take too long too explain. can’t even tell you how many people put on neck braces and use a walker only when they go to the VA. We have a guy on camera who limped all around the hospital and the moment he was out of site the camera caught him changing his gate. the system needs to change and quit rewarding people for injuries that were there before they served as well as injuries that are a part of normal aging. it is truly ridiculous and where the money comes from i don’t know, how long we can keep this up as a nation, i don’t know, but it runs deep.

  • GI June 12, 2014, 9:48 pm

    Mr. Administrator, how would you know what is bottle necking the system. What fraud are you reporting genius? Again, you are spouting about something you know nothing about? I have read posts, and it’s all jargon. It’s much easier to get state disability than Federal ratings. FACT. You have a recent guy on here claiming to be a VA RATER with a 10% disability? Sounds to me he has committed fraud? Or just a cry baby because he didn’t keep accurate records while in the military? I am done here. You’re another one of these people who are extremists raging war against ghost fraud, and in essence, pumping other clueless ranters who may be in a situation of being sued for slander, or character assassination. I am done here. Best of luck with your pointless soap box agenda. Regards.

    [Admin's Note: You are absolutely right. Your perception is far beyond what the average person can comprehend; it's brilliant. There is no way that your flawless thoughts can be argued against. To add to your writing of pure intellectual wisdom would only be a disservice to what you've already stated.]

  • Bert July 3, 2014, 10:25 pm

    I think that winnowing out fraud in the example of PTSD is something that even the experts throw their hands up at, because you just can’t tell. One thing that you can tell, though, is that there are people who used to be in the military, might or might not have been shot at/shot other people, but who are now out of the military, and are not adapting well to civilian life. Some of these people have heard of PTSD, and have learned from their barracks buddies how to ‘fake the funk’, and take a ride on the public for the rest of their lives.

    Disability fraud is not unknown to the civilian world, insurance investigators have gone back and found people with serious back problems that later magically healed themselves after receiving a disability judgement. Some percentage of military-related disability probably also has similar characteristics.

    Put differently, how depressed could you act, to get 100% VA disability, which translates as $2,800/mo gross income, for which you have to do absolutely nothing?

    My feeling is that if a person is 100% disabled, then they need to figure out military nursing homes, where these folks can get the care they need. If they miraculously start to recover upon receiving 3 hots and a cot and a place to shower, but no hard cash, then maybe the situation will resolve itself.

    Disability payments do help. They help people to replace income that they won’t be earning, on account that that leg never did heal right, or the concussion shock of the grenade or whathaveyou was sufficient to permanently give them brain damage of some kind. Actual battle injuries, or at least, LOD injuries, where personnel get hurt during training exercises and are similarly maimed for life as a result, and they do happen, because the military is not an OSHA-approved safe working environment. But, sorting out WTF, requires savvy surgeons and claims adjuciators who are long since past wise to the ways of scammers, and ready and able to call representatives of the Federal government to cross-check and re-interview claimants, in the general interest of thorough review of facts, and, at the end of the day, keeping it honest. Disability fraud is a problem, and that’s why the VA has an Office of the Inspector General, to keep things on the line and dress-right dress and otherwise generally as they should be.

    When The Government starts handing out money for any reason, the line forms to the right…

  • Katherine A. July 11, 2014, 2:31 pm

    What can be done if a VeteraN married your grandmother and turned her against you to keep your child for the compensation benefits of raising a child under the age of 18>?

  • isabelle July 12, 2014, 9:50 pm

    This system is a joke. Anyone rates Ptsd. VA foes not investigate the claims. There has to be a trail of mental issues. In twenty years there has to some reports. When a man run daily goes to the gym twice a day he is not physically impaired. Cheating does not count as mental case. My ex filed a fraudulent claim when I filed with DFAS. Do you see the timing. He rather die that pay what was a court order.

  • joyce July 14, 2014, 5:03 pm

    my son is using the system, yes he is a vet but he was a coward while in battle. now he is back and he is a pill head that takes pain pills just to get high and is claiming he has back problems. he has worked 6 jobs for very few months just to get unemployment checks and now he is playing the system for no reason to get paid from the government. he just had his hearing and said they claimed him 80% disable, when they send his mental meds in the mail they go straight to the trash, he doesn’t take nothing. now he is fixing to start his SS claim and that’s more money the taxes payers have to give him for something he don’t deserve for what being a coward and running from his battle buddies in time of need or freezing up and not shooting when ordered too. someone please help me find out who I need to contact about his false claims with the VA.

  • me July 21, 2014, 3:36 pm

    I know a woman who claims to be disabled but she is not i have photos of her fraud how do i report her

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