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Injured War Contractors Sue Over Health Care, Disability Payments

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 27, 2011

T Christian Miller ProPublica September 27, 2011

Private contractors injured while working for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan filed a class action lawsuit [1] in federal court on Monday, claiming that corporations and insurance companies had unfairly denied them medical treatment and disability payments.

The suit, filed in district court in Washington, D.C., claims that private contracting firms and their insurers routinely lied, cheated and threatened injured workers, while ignoring a federal law requiring compensation for such employees. Attorneys for the workers are seeking $2 billion in damages.

The suit is largely based on the Defense Base Act, an obscure law that creates a workers compensation system for federal contract employees working overseas. Financed by taxpayers, the system was rarely used until the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the most privatized conflicts in American history.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians working for federal contractors have been deployed to war zones to deliver mail, cook meals and act as security guards for U.S. soldiers and diplomats. As of June 2011, more than 53,000 civilians have filed claims for injuries in the war zones. Almost 2,500 contract employees have been killed, according to figures [2]kept by the Department of Labor, which oversees the system.

An investigation by ProPublica, the Los Angeles Times and ABC’s 20/20 [3] into the Defense Base Act system found major flaws, including private contractors left without medical care and lax federal oversight. Some Afghan, Iraqi and other foreign workers for U.S. companies were provided with no care at all.

The lawsuit, believed to be the first of its kind, charges that major insurance corporations such as AIG and large federal contractors such as Houston-based KBR deliberately flouted the law, thereby defrauding taxpayers and boosting their profits. In interviews and at Congressional hearings, AIG and KBR have denied such allegations and said they fully complied with the law. They blamed problems in the delivery of care and benefits on the chaos of the war zones

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Keep it clean on Facebook

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 4, 2011

We do not recommend giving up your Facebook Friends or Groups but remember that this would not be a good place to exaggerate your well-being or circumstances in order to impress your friends.

Social media and workers comp

Cross Posted from Workers’ Comp Insider   August 3, 2011

Are Facebook, Twitter and other social media postings fair game when conducting a workers comp fraud investigation?

We’ve posted on this topic previously, including a reference to a successful Facebook-related investigation conducted by New York State Insurance Department’s Fraud Bureau: social networking, workers comp & the law. Now, two of the experts that we cited in that post – Professor Gregory Duhl of the William Mitchell College of Law and attorney Jaclyn Millner – have a new article that is worth your attention: Social media and insurance fraud.

In the article, they answer our opening question with a strong affirmative, making a comparison between internet searches of public social networking profiles to the more common fraud investigation tool of video surveillance of property-casualty claimants. In fact, they make the case for why insurance investigators should be spending even more company time on Facebook, suggesting that postings or photos can substantiate some other evidence found in an investigation. While privacy issues are of concern, they state:

A privacy argument is unlikely to prevail in court because a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in whether he or she has a social networking account or in what is posted in his or her profile. Even if a claimant protects his or her social networking profile information with privacy settings, the information is available to at least some third parties, to whom the claimant gives access (the claimant’s “friends”).

Some courts have gone so far as to say that there is no privacy interest in information stored on the internet because even if information, such as social networking information, is protected with privacy settings, it could be accessed by certain members of the public.

The recent case of Romano v. Steelcase Inc. shows that anything posted on Facebook or any other social networking site, whether the user has privacy settings or not, is likely discoverable.

Please continue reading at Workers’ Comp Insider

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Defense Base Act Insurance Company CNA’s TPA Private Investigator/Interrogator in South Africa: From SpyKids to Double Agent

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 9, 2011

Since this was posted Injured Contractors “covered” by CNA in South Africa have been intimidated, had their lives threatened, and their family members have been threatened.


South African Injured Contractors want to know:

“Since when is it ok for honest injured contractors suffering from “TBI” AND “PTSD” plus others who lost legs and arms and even eyes to be investigated by criminals and people who served terrorist dictators????

According to those SA Injured Contractors we’ve spoken with this double agent has promised them

“the world, the stars and the moon, even telling them that he will see that they get better and higher amounts for mileage traveled than what CNA are currently paying”

All an attempt to placate them while CNA continues to screw them over.

Well at least they hired a professional liar and thug this time.

Kevin Woods Convicted Murderer

Were you forced to deal with this man in an attempt to get your Defense Base Act Benefits?

All three were serving life prison sentences and several attempts have been made, to get them earlier released, a violent one by the apartheid South African government in 1988 and Nelson Mandela as well as Thabo Mbeki have pleaded with Robert Mugabe, to pardon them, Mandela on a state visit in 1997 and Thabo Mbeki on several occasions after he became President.

Frequently they have been described as political prisoners and Peter Stiff described them as the last POW’s (Prisoners of War) of the South African Conflict in his book Warfare by other Means.

But were they really political prisoners or POW’s?

Let’s have a look at their past.

All three had been recruited after Zimbabwe became independent in 1980 into Project Barnacle that was later renamed Civil Cooperation Bureau, an apartheid South African death squad, that can take credit for countless extra judicial killings inside and outside South Africa.

They were recruited by a former Rhodesian police officer by the name of Brian, his correct name was Gary Branfield.

Branfield was also responsible for the planning of the terror attack on Gaborone on 14th June 1985. He died two years ago as mercenary in Iraq

He formed a murder squad in Zimbabwe involving only Zimbabwean citizens.

The group, codename Juliet, consisted of

– Kit Bawden, ex Rhodesian Soldier, gang leader –

– Michael Smith, Ex Rhodesian soldier, born in Bulawayo, who after Zimbabwe’s independence served for a short while in apartheid South Africa’s terror and destruction gang, called Reconnaissance Commando. He then returned to Zimbabwe and served as farm manager in Chikari.

– Barry Bawden, cousin of Kit Bawden

– Guy Bawden, brother of Kit Bawden

– Kevin Woods, former officer in the Special Branch of the British South Africa Police

– Philipp Conjwayo, former British South Africa Police officer, not member of the inner circle of that group, apartheid also here.

All of them were united by their hatred for black majority rule and their admiration for apartheid South Africa.

Their first task was the murder of Oliver Tambo, ANC president with a car bomb, while Tambo was attending a ceremony at the Heroes acre in Harare.

The plan was later abandoned for unknown reasons.

Next came the attempted assassination of Jeremy Brickhill on 13th October 1987.

Brickhill was a journalist and apartheid enemy. Pretoria decided, that he has to be murdered.

Guy Bawden planted a bomb under Brickhill’s car, when it was parked at a shopping center and detonated it. Brickhill survived that assassination attempt, albeit with severe injuries, His abdomen was ripped open, his left leg and hip severely injured and he had to undergo several operations first in Harare and then London and remained permanently disfigured and disabled. Eighteen people nearby were also injured.

Next came apparently the kidnapping and smuggling of an ANC cadre by the name of Jabulani to South Africa.

This was followed by a bomb attack on an ANC safe house in Bulawayo on 11 January 1988.

This attack was specifically hideous, as the gang including Philipp Conjwayo recruited an unsuspecting Malawian jobseeker, Obert Mwanza, to drive the bomb loaded car to the ANC house and hoot at the gate.

This was the signal for Kevin Woods and Kit Bawden for the remote detonation of the car from a safe distance. Mwanza died, one ANC man was severely injured.

The Zimbabwean police arrested Woods, Smith, Conjwayo and Guy and Barry Bawden. Except for Guy Bawden they were all sentenced to death in November 1988, later on the Supreme Court converted it to life imprisonment.

Guy Bawden was charged for the attempted assassination of Jeremy Brickhill, however the Police could not prove it, he was released on medical grounds in 1990.

Kit Bawden managed to escape to South Africa.

That was, however, not the end to it.

The CCB decided, even before they were convicted, to free them.

Again this plan was cooked up by Major Brian, who never appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, assuming, that he could get away with all of it.

They recruited a white Zimbabwean army pilot by the name of Gary Kane. The plan was, to attack the prison van, that was ferrying the prisoners from the prison to the court, free the prisoners and pick the whole party up with a helicopter to be stolen by Gary Kane.

Part of the ground attack party was assembled in Namibia, later on reassembled and supposed to drive via Kazungula border post from Botswana into Zimbabwe.

Here everything went wrong, for them as their car was searched and they try to flee.

The Botswana police managed to arrest one guy by the name of Sammy Beahan, he was deported later on to Zimbabwe and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The other part of the attack party, who had entered Zimbabwe from South Africa ran into problems as well, the stolen Helicopter picked them up and they managed to escape to Redcliff, where a South African plane was waiting for them, however not before shooting and severely injuring a 11 year old girl, who was watching them out of curiosity.

Were they political prisoners? Certainly not.

They were simply mercenaries, Zimbabweans killing foreign freedom fighters or their supporters and on the payroll of a foreign country.

They were given later on South African citizenship, before the apartheid government went out of office.

Now the buck was passed on to the new South African government, to look after them as well.

Mugabe was right not to release them on the request of Nelson Mandela, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Thabo Mbeki.

Nobody could have blamed him, if he would not have pardoned them now.

A few quotes on Kevin Woods:

He is a cowardly killer, capable of shooting anyone in the back.

Woods is a snivelling coward. He should answer for the murder of Eric Roberts – he is no hero.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Medical Examinations, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Follow the Money, Injured Contractors, Interviews with Injured War Zone Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, PTSD and TBI, spykids | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Civilian deaths up while defense contractors downsize in Middle East

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 18, 2011

We’ll be reporting here soon on the Defense Base Act Claims numbers as reported by the Department of Labor and who has caused them to be so skewed

Thanks to MsSparky for putting this together

In a recent article published by to, the foremost authority on overseas contract employment, it was reported there were over 179,000 civilian DoD contractor personnel deployed in Iraq (Operation New Dawn (OND), Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

As you can see the contractor numbers are down significantly from the 250,335 reported in Iraq and Afghanistan in March 2010.

According to DOD, there were 250,335 DOD contractor personnel in the CENTCOM AOR compared to approximately 272,000 uniformed personnel in the region who are supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during the first quarter of 2010.

Sadly, while contractor personnel counts were down, contractor deaths were up. Overseas Civilian Contractors scours the various reports in an attempt to compile an accurate list of contractor deaths and injuries. They feel that even one contractor death unaccounted for is one too many. They report that during the 4th Quarter of 2010 there were 140 civilian contractor deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The total number of deaths for 2010 was 513 up from 336 for 2009. The total number of civilian contractor deaths since 2001 is 2,540. In addition to deaths, there have been nearly 66, 500 various injuries reported for civilian contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Contractor employee numbers down, contractor employee deaths up. It’s not looking good!

Please see the original at MsSparky

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Turkey Shoot: Spy Kids and Private Dicks

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 23, 2010

In keeping with the spirit of the season we’d like to do a rerun of this post from Workmans Comp Insider

“the next time he is asked to don camouflage, he just might want to take a pass”

Turkey Shoot

William Wehnke, 51, claims to have spotted a wild turkey in his field in rural Annsville, New York (population 3,000). He took aim and fired at the turkey and managed to hit Matthew Brady, a workers comp investigator, who happened to be crouching in the field, dressed in camouflage. Brady was apparently performing surveillance on Wehnke, who is collecting workers comp benefits for an unspecified injury. Whatever his disability, Wehnke is obviously capable of operating a shotgun.

Local authorities are not buying Wehnke’s story about the turkey. He’s been arraigned on a three-count grand jury indictment that includes felony second-degree assault and unlawful manner of taking. He is even charged with using inappropriate ammunition for hunting turkeys. Wehnke is in a lot of trouble for his little turkey shoot.

Investigator Brady was hit in the side, back and legs. He underwent surgery and presumably filed his own workers comp claim for what is surely a work-related – if highly unusual – disability.

Images – Lasting and Otherwise
I could not help but think of the other Mathew (sic) Brady, the 19th century photographer whose iconic images of the Civil War still resonate with us. As pathetic as investigator Brady’s situation is, his earlier namesake fared even worse. After the Civil War, Mathew Brady found that war-weary Americans had little interest in purchasing photographs of the bloody conflict. Having risked his fortune on his Civil War enterprise, Brady lost the gamble and fell into bankruptcy. His negatives were neglected until 1875, when Congress purchased the entire archive for $25,000, which might sound like a lot, but was not even enough to cover Brady’s debts. He died in 1896, penniless and unappreciated. In his final years, Brady said, “No one will ever know what I went through to secure those negatives. The world can never appreciate it. It changed the whole course of my life.”

The world may ultimately take little note of the suffering of the other Matthew Brady, wounded as he crouched in that desolate Annsville field. His life, too, has been significantly changed. But he at least will benefit from the wonders of modern medicine and the cushion of weekly indemnity, until he once again pursues his craft as a comp investigator. But the next time he is asked to don camouflage, he just might want to take a pass.

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WARNING to DBA claimants/ injured civilian contractors in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama:

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 9, 2010

AIG (via the taxpayer) is paying this firm to spy on you for days on end, and what’s worse is they guarantee “well over a 90% video success rate on all files … Unheard of in the industry.”
In other words over 90% of us are lying about our injuries, or they either grossly exaggerate and/or photoshop and manipulate the video surveillance which is a far more likely scenario.

Private Dick

Your Claims Defense Specialist !!

Alliance Investigations,
P. O. Box 1451, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818
Telephone – (229) 400-0841 Fax – (229) 246-7229 Contact: Darrell D. Cox (President)
It’s surely just a matter of time before someone gets hurt in the ongoing despicable practice of stalking and filming DBA claimants, many of whom suffer from PTSD, TBI and other war-related trauma known to significantly reduce impulse control. The fact that two insurance whores now team up to spy on claimants at any given time is just making matters worse.
The latest culprits making their living by spying on injured contractors for AIG are S.R. Stone and M.A. Wheatley presumably of Bainbridge, GA. If anyone can dig up mug shots please send to us asap.
Case No.: 2009-LDA-00055
S.R. Stone testified that he is a private investigator for Alliance Investigations performed video surveillance of the Claimant from 4:37 PM, September 24, 2008 through September 27, 2008.
He identified EX 23 as an accurate report of his activities during his surveillance of the Claimant as well as containing the previous surveillance attributable to his associate Mr. Weatley. Mr. Stone testified that he was working another case when he was called on September 24, 2008, and assigned to assist Mr. Wheatley in the surveillance of the Claimant.
On re-cross examination, Mr. Stone testified that at some points in time he was five to ten feet away from the Claimant while the Claimant operated the motorcycle and sometimes he used the zoom-lens on the camera.
Testimony of M.A. Wheatley (TR 35-46)
Mr. M.A. Wheatley testified that he is a self-employed licensed private investigator and has been an investigator since May 1995. He is licensed in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. He reported that he conducted surveillance of the Claimant for a day and a half on September 23 and 24, 2008.
He stated that the portion of EX 23 from 2:07 to 5:14 PM, September 24, 2008,
reflected the observation he and Mr. Stone made since they were both observing the same
activity together at that time.
NOTE to the computer-savy among us, the software they use is Trackops.

Alliance Investigations is a specialized investigative agency, specifically focused on the needs and demands of the insurance industry. We provide services to clients in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama and operate on an old-fashioned philosophy whereby success is achieved through quality work, honesty and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. In addition to our commitment to quality, our clients also receive an industry-exclusive product quality guarantee for surveillance investigations.

(Are they guaranteeing to produce positive results for the insurance company whether they exist or not?)
Quality Assurance Policy
On any 2-day surveillance budget in which we fail to obtain documentation of your CLAIMANT, we will continue with additional surveillance at no cost to your office. How do we do it? Our Investigators are without peers. Simply put, we can afford to guarantee you results on your Worker’s Compensation or Liability claims investigations because our field Investigators are just that good.
As an adjuster or defense attorney, you’ve heard that phrase, said it yourself many times and by now, probably believe it to be true.
While other companies may take that slogan to heart, we at Alliance Investigations make it our mission to limit the misses and amplify the hits.
AND we have become quite good at it. In fact, as a company we maintain well over a 90% video success rate on all files … Unheard of in the industry.

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Vetted International Celebrates Their Fifth Anniversary

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 6, 2010

Before (Vetted) attended to my file, I almost died of infections. This company came to South Africa and negotiated with all of my medical suppliers…Vetted was the best thing that could have happened to the South African Contractors. “

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) May 6, 2010 — Vetted International, Ltd. ( turns five years old today and celebrates their milestone with a reflection on their history and the journey ahead

As a former US Marine and City of Raleigh Police Officer, Vetted CEO Brian Sjostedt has worked a lifetime of public service and never anticipated celebrating a five year anniversary as a private company’s chief executive. Sjostedt founded Vetted International in May 2005 after spending 14 months in Iraq temporarily assigned from his Police Department to assist with reconstruction efforts. Sjostedt lived “outside the wire” in Baghdad’s Al Mesbah District, and served with a contracted Defense & Logistics firm as the Security Manager and was later promoted to Deputy Director of Operations. Sjostedt ended his assignments in Iraq as the company Director of Operations. Brigadier General Henry Miller (US Army, Retired) described Sjostedt’s reliability in a letter as “being counted on for thoroughly researched advice and an honest appraisal whenever asked…I trust his leadership and decision making abilities in difficult situations.”

While in Iraq, Sjostedt was exposed to extraordinary courage by the local Iraqi personnel assigned to his protection details. “I was always amazed at the level of sacrifice they were willing to make for us at minimal wages,” stated Sjostedt. The employees he was referring to had diverse and useful backgrounds. “Their previous experiences included officers in Saddam Hussein’s former Republican Guard and former US Agency operatives that lost their jobs after the initial occupation was successful.”

Operations in Iraq resulted in catastrophic casualties and fatalities in Sjostedt’s company. Before departing Iraq, Sjostedt started Vetted International to provide additional income to the employees he regarded as his protectors during his stay. Sjostedt learned of a law called the Defense Base Act in which compensation benefits were statutorily due in cases that the contractors were injured or killed while supporting the United States mission. “I never saw those benefits paid when I was there, so Vetted’s employees were trained to investigate facts surrounding incidents.” Insurance companies and injured contractors that had an interest in those facts quickly became the beneficiaries of Vetted’s investigations.

Vetted further identified a lack of sufficient medical care for Iraqis working to support the US mission and quickly assembled a team of doctors and coordinators to provide services according to United States standards of care. Multiple lives were saved as a result. Vetted has specialized in catastrophic injury medical management, impairment assessment, prosthetics procurement, patient training, emergency evacuations and remains repatriation.

Vetted’s services were not only limited to local Iraqis. Other patients covered under the Defense Base Act came from numerous countries such as Fiji, Nepal, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Peru and Chile. Vetted would continue to manage the medical care of those patients after they were evacuated home. In anopen letter, a contractor in South Africa describes his care with Vetted; “Before (Vetted) attended to my file, I almost died of infections. This company came to South Africa and negotiated with all of my medical suppliers. Most of all they settled my debts…Vetted appointed a medical professional to take care of my day to day needs. They further looked at how they were going to get my life back to normal as possible….Vetted was the best thing that could have happened to the South African Contractors.”

While services initially started with decisive reactions to incidents, Vetted is now focusing on prevention. “We want to mitigate risk more so than respond to it, so we are encouraging our clients to participate in pre-deployment loss prevention programs that include baseline dental, medical, psychological screening, background checks, and cultural and regional training,” stated Sjostedt.

In the past five years, Vetted International has completed assignments in 54 countries.

Vetted International is a corporate and government solution based company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Vetted utilizes a global network of integrity driven local national professionals to minimize risk and implement responsive action plans in various permissive and non-permissive environments. Foreign and domestic insurance companies, financial institutions, government departments and ministries, government agencies and contractors and healthcare organizations have relied on Vetted’s unique capabilities.  More on Vetted here

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Lawmakers: Limit Spying on Workers

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 5, 2010

Bill aims at limiting spying in workers’ compensation cases

Colorado, but a good start  full story here

Lawmakers are pushing legislation that would limit the ability of workers’ compensation providers from spying on employees who have made a claim.

The bill stems from discussions by the Pinnacol Interim Committee, after lawmakers looked to tighten control over the state’s workers’ compensation provider of last resort. Concerns were raised about the company spying on injured workers to validate claims.

House Bill 1012, sponsored by Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, would only allow surveillance with reasonable cause.

The bill would prohibit an insurer or employer from spying on workers who have submitted claims unless the insurer or employer has a “reasonable basis” to suspect the employee has committed fraud. Employees would be allowed to request an expedited hearing before a administrative law judge to challenge the surveillance.

Insurers and employers would also be required to destroy all material collected unless the materials are “reasonably necessary” to resolve an ongoing claim of fraud. Violations would result in a $1,000 per day penalty.

Pace points out that of the $4.7 million spent last year to spy on 2,500 workers, only 11 were found to have actually committed fraud. He said workers are complaining that the surveillance is used to intimidate workers into accepting lesser payments.

“The insurance companies are abusing it, it’s evasive, and it’s our responsibility as legislators to stand up for average Coloradans, and not for the special interest and insurance companies,” said Pace.

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Defense Base Act Compensation Blog Most viewed posts in 2009

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 1, 2010

These are based on statistics from Jan 1 2009 through Dec 31 2009

Tangiers International Updates

And still awaiting the outcome of the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice investigations into Tangiers International.

We’ll report on our own findings at the same time.

More on this below     On your toes Tacticor

DBA CNA Casualty Anniversary

Is it just the photo of these really good looking guys or do people have a problem with CNA  and ‘He who must not be named’  tactics used for dragging claims out for six and more years while denying medical and cutting off payments?

KBR has blocked MsSparky from their Servers

Tag Teaming to keep the info train rolling

The Defense Base Act Compensation Blog was soon blocked as well !!

Fluor did not waste anytime following suite

Danny Fitzsimons Discharged From Army with PTSD

This is a tragic tale of two dead contractors, Darren Hoare and Paul McGuigan,  at the hand of a third contractor who was fighting a “War within his head”.   He was hired by several different security companies despite his diagnoses of PTSD and known drug and legal problems.

It took the publicity and outrage of the world but the company who last hired him has since starting doing background checks.   And yet, due to the DBA sanctioned right to deadly negligence, the burden will be borne only by the dead, injured, their families, and what’s left of Danny Fitzsimons tortured mind.  Danny awaits trial in Baghdad.

Civilian Contractors Toll in Iraq and Afghanistan Ignored by Defense Dept

by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica – October 9, 2009

Despite the importance of civilian contractors to its mission, the Defense Department hasn’t been measuring their sacrifice. More than 5,200 soldiers have died in the two war zones, meaning that one civilian contractor has died for every three soldiers.

Dropping the DBA Ball
CYA Statement of the year from the one in charge of the ball

“The problem that we see a lot is where injuries occur overseas the knee-jerk reaction is the insurance company says,‘I can’t pay right now. I don’t have documentation,’ ” said Miranda Chiu, Labor’s director of policy for Defense Base Act claims.“They drop the ball.”

AIG Faces Hearing on Denial of Medical Claims by Contractors Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan

Kucinich, the chair of the committee’s domestic policy panel, said earlier that he was “alarmed” by a joint investigation [4] by ProPublica [5], ABC News [6] and the Los Angeles Times [7], which found that the troubled insurance giant routinely denied medical care to civilians injured in the war zones. Rep. Elijah Cummings [8], D-Md., first requested [9] a hearing after the reports aired earlier this year. Kucinich’s panel will be joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders [10], I-Vt.,

Independent Medical Evaluations AIG and CNA

Dispelling the Myth that insurance company Defense Medical Evaluations are in someway unbiased Indpendent Medical Evaluations.   Only the DoL can arrange for an Independent Medical Examination under the DBA.    The insurance company is entitled to have you see a doctor of their choice, under certain restrictions,  but this is a Defense Medical Evaluation.

Tangiers International DBA “Medical Providers

Tangiers International , AIG’s Medical Provider/Spy Kids Caught Lying

Tangiers Vice President a Dept of Labor Employee

Remember Them Too

Don’t Contractors Count When we Calculate the Cost of War? By Steven Schooner

Despite the light that Memorial Day will shine, briefly, on the U.S. death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan, don’t expect an accurate accounting of the real human cost of our military actions abroad. The numbers you’ll see — mostly likely just under 5,000 fatalities — won’t tell the whole story.

How CNA Treats Foreign Claimants

“I arranged for a meeting with CNA Global and Donna Sprags. The nursecase manager Jody Mcewan arranged the meeting In Chicago at the offices of CNA Global. I left South Africa with a Medic, a Nurse and my wife.

When  I arrived at the building of CNA I was told that “she will not see me and was thrown out of the building by security”. The trip cost me $15 000 and I have outstanding medical debts of $150 000.

AIG their IME, PTSE, The Saga Continues

The Infamous Dr. Griffith and those who enable him

In Memory of Tim Eysslinck

We lost Tim to PTSD five years ago April 23.  Tim’s wife and children have been denied DBA benefits in a most disturbing series of events replete with fraudulent statements.  And his widow paid the original lawyer who allowed this to happen.

Texas District Court Rules Iraq War not Life Threatening

Casualties not Counted

Eysslinck Files

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