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Secretary of Veterans Affairs


VA won’t audit 72,000 PTSD claims

Veterans Affairs officials have dropped plans to audit more than 72,000 post traumatic stress disorder disability claims for evidence of fraud, noting that they now believe most of the irregularities in the system are simply clerical errors. Secretary Nicholson announced that a closer look at that investigation showed mostly administrative problems such as missing documentation. “In the absence of evidence of fraud, we’re not going to put our veterans through the anxiety of a widespread review of their disability claims,“ he said.

The decision comes after months of angry criticism from lawmakers and veterans groups. VA officials said that in lieu of the audit, they’ll review policies for training personnel who handle the disability ratings and adopt stricter administrative oversight. The investigation into the PTSD cases was prompted by inequities found in how disability benefits vary greatly from state to state.

Source: Leo Shane, Stars and Stripes , Nov 12, 2005

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