Monday, October 4, 2010.
The United States Supreme Court today ruled that two veteran service organizations lacked 'standing' to represent veterans in a case before the Supreme Court alleging that the VA was taking too long (sometimes up to 5 years) to process a veteran's claim, including the appeal (which is almost always necessary).
In defending one of the most inefficient organizations in the history of the United States, the Supreme Court, has once again, asserted its arrogance against all those who have given their all defending this country . . . and the Court's liberty to make such decisions.
No wonder the suicide rate is so high among this group of veterans! I completely understand a veteran's desire to no longer be a burden upon his family and a liability to his friends. And the VA is exacerbating this problem by siding with the very culprits whose inefficiency and uncaring attitude should be cause for a major Congressional investigation.
I recently visited a VA claim center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. I spoke with an anonymous worker who told me that one lady spent all morning polishing her fingernails, drinking coffee, and talking with family members on the phone. Veteran's issues were almost non-existent, and claims workers visited about the OU and OSU football games, the upcoming deer hunting season, and how each of them needed a vacation!
The Supreme Court stated that these service organizations lacked 'standing.' However, many, if not most, of these veterans have signed official Powers of Attorney, granting to these service organizations the authority to act on their behalf.
By this precedent, mental patients, alzheimers patients, and others requiring a care provider will no longer have adequate representation, because the Supreme Court will no longer grant them 'standing.' If an official Power of Attorney is no longer recognized by the Supreme Court, there could be many negative ramifications in other legal professions.
Shame on the VA. . . and shame on the U.S. Supreme Court. You no longer represent those who gave their lives for your freedom to act in such a disgusting manner. . . you represent the powerful special interest groups who lobby for federal workers. Say goodbye to civil rights for veterans and hello to an ugly, ugly bench.