VA Disputed Claims Update

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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David McArthur, a small business owner, became emotional when he asked Mitt Romney what he will do to take care of veterans like his son, who suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In tears, McArthur said to Romney, “The government has repeatedly denied services because his wounds aren’t visible. He will never be able to return to the regular work force. This week President Obama’s administration, again, cut his benefits. Sir, will you look me in the eye and tell me he’ll be taken care of.” Subsequently, McArthur shared his son's struggle of getting veteran benefits on the televised “Huckabee Forum 3: Jobs” program. On 11 MAR on Fox and Friends, McArthur was teary saying this isn't about just him, but also the thousands of other parents who face this reality on a daily basis. The Veterans Affairs department at a local level cares a great deal, McArthur acknowledged, but the problem he says is in Washington. He contended that this isn't a Democrat or Republican issue stating, "I don't even think our politicians really know what's going on. I think they're shielded from the truth."
His son suffered brain injuries from a sonic blast and as a result has migraines 70 percent of the time. Since his wounds are unseen, "He literally was told on the battlefield … you're either stupid or faking. He went days without having the first MRI. Fortunately a lot of things have changed since then on the way they're handling it." McArthur said of his son who now lives with him, "When you see a young man that can't tie his shoes, that can't go down steps, that can't pick up his own daughter, can't bend over …" and yet when people look at him they assume he's doing well because they can't get inside his head where the injuries are. He was recently informed by the VA that it would be 4 to 5 months before his son’s claim would be processed. As a result of being able to ask Mitt Romney that question, his son received a call 5 MAR from a VA representative telling him that his claims are being processed and he'll have a check within a month. On 6 MAR he received another phone call saying the claim has been completed and the check is in the mail. "Come on folks, my son's important but so is every single one of those men and women that are out there that have been wounded like this," he said. To view the Fox and Friends interview refer to http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/03/11/update-wounded-marines-dad-asks-romney-about-veteran-benefits-sons-claims-being-processed/ [Source: Fox News Insider report 11 Mar 2012 ++]

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