At a meeting in March, a lead analyst in the VA’s compensation service was critical of the media, scientists and the VA’s own administrative tribunal for taking positions that differ from his. The VA said his comments “did not fully or accurately reflect VA’s position” but also said his quotes were being taken out of context.
The VA’s efforts to recoup overpayments made to veterans are putting many vets deep into debt, often with no recourse.
“You get all of these promises that, ‘Hey, you do 20 years and you’ll get this.’ And when it comes down to the end, it’s like, damn. You really can’t support your family when they are taking your whole check away.” That comment came from Army veteran Tad Steckler, 40, a retired master sergeant and winner of a medal for heroism, in an