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On Post Shooting at Ft Bragg, Officer shot in formation, More Casualties of Untreated PTSD

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 28, 2012

The Shooter- Ricky Elder, Ranger- PTSD

Stars and Stripes July 15, 2012

In October 2006, Elder deployed to Iraq. Nine months later, medical records show, he was working as a gunner on a Humvee when it was hit by a roadside bomb. The explosion threw Elder out of the turret, causing him to lose consciousness momentarily. His buddy died in the blast.

According to medical documents, the doctors who examined the then 22-year-old Elder shortly after the blast found that he suffered from post-concussion amnesia, as well as “irritability, dizziness, visual disturbance and ringing in his ears.”

Afterward, at Elder’s request, he was allowed to go to the morgue to see the body of his friend who had died.

“Patient crying heavily. Heard saying in heavy tears, ‘I don’t want to live anymore,’ ” a doctor wrote in a narrative summary.

After he was returned to his room, the summary says, Elder became “instantly agitated after crying on bed” and struck a bulletproof window so hard that it shattered the glass.

Updated 6pm

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) — One soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident June 28, 2012.

During a unit safety brief a Soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third Soldier who was in the area was also slightly wounded in the shooting.

“This is a tragedy for our community. We don’t yet know the reasons for the shooting, but are working with the unit and the affected Families to help them through this difficult period,” said Col. Kevin Arata, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer.

ABC News  June 28, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (WTVD) — Fort Bragg law enforcement said it is responding to a shooting incident on-post that occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

Officials urged drivers and pedestrians to avoid the historic district of Fort Bragg until further notice.

The historic district is an area near Knox Street close to the 18th Airborne Headquarters and FORSCOM near the heart of Fort Bragg.

Officials did not immediately release more information. Sources told ABC11 that an officer was shot during a formation. The officer’s condition was not known.

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CNA’s Deadly Paper Games, Just another CNA DBA Suicide in the making

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2012

It is certainly going to have the desired result. 

They are going to kill him and it is going to be soon. 

Before the year is out I believe this man is going to commit suicide.

PTSD Claims to be Expedited

CNA’s Deadly Paper Games do not begin or end with this Injured War  Zone Contractor

Nearly 14 months to the day of a Department of Labor District Director signing an Order approved by an ALJ stating that CNA must provide medical for a  severely Injured War Zone Contractor’s injuries, the details of which were gagged…..

And 3 1/2 months after Injured War Zone Contractor asked the District Director to find them in Default for not doing so……..

CNA produces a stack of  FAXES supposedly sent to Injured War Zone Contractors Doctors stating that they have “re-approved” payment of diagnoses and treatment, most of which were never approved, ever, much less “re- approved”.  In fact for most of the Doctors CNA denied diagnoses and treatment for blast injuries for many years.

Several Doctors stated that yes they received a FAX but that it did not mean they accepted the approval and that it did not guarantee payment.  Payment would have to made in advance.  CNA’s reputation for non payment is no secret.

The rest of the doctors state that they never received “approval” at all.

Unemployed and otherwise uninsured Injured War Zone Contractor pays for some visits via credit card as they are so vital.  Doctor then sends a bill to CNA for payment despite not having received an approval,  which CNA refuses.  Injured War Zone Contractors scheduled visits are then cancelled due to non payment by CNA.

These are deadly games CNA plays in order to continue to deny medical even after a hard won order is produced.

And who do they claim is vague, ambiguous, and whose claims are not supported by Facts, or should we say FAX?

It must be the very well respected and credentialed doctors, or the Attorney, or the Injured War Zone Contractor

This negligent paper game continues despite a recent medical report from February stating:

“I do not understand the entire bureaucracy issue.  He tells me that CNA has written to us and that we are approved for Workers’ Compensation.  We have no record to that effect.  We are just not going to be paid and they are not going to authorize treatment.  Bureaucracies have their problems but this almost seems to be purposeful.

It is certainly going to have the desired result.  They are going to kill him and it is going to be soon.  Before the year is out I believe this man is going to commit suicide.

And he’ll be just another CNA DBA Suicide.

Note:   CNA’s response is to ask for an informal conference.  Several informal conferences, a settlement conference with a Judge, orders signed by a Judge and the District Director, and yet another informal conference after an 18 month default is even a consideration???  Let’s just run this out until the end of year and we won’t have to worry about this guy anyway!!!!

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Defense Base Act Attorneys: Attorney’s Fees

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2012

The Defense Base Act provides for claimants fees to be paid by the Insurance Company.

See Who Pays your Defense Base Act Attorney Fees ?

Why then would Defense Base Act Attorneys either charge their DBA clients on a contingency basis, by the hour, or take their fees out of a settlement amount ?

And why would you let them?

Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

At Least 418 Civilian Contractor Deaths in 2011

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 5, 2012


According to the US Department of Labor’s  Defense Base Act Case Summary Report at least 418 Defense Base Act Death Claims were filed in 2011.

Civilian Contractor Casualties and their related costs are one of the best kept secrets of the Wars.

The Department of Labor does not release the names of the claimants

We scour all internet sources for the names of the Contractors Injured or Killed and are able to identify less than 10% of those reported.  Click on our Contractor Casualties tag for most of those we indentified and visit our  Memorial Pages which we apologize for being behind on.

We’re breaking this down with more details coming

Please contact us at if you have questions regarding the casualty count

See also At Least 87 Contractors Dead in Fourth Quarter of 2011

   At Least 49 Civilian Contractor Deaths filed on for First Quarter of 2012

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At Least 87 Contractors Dead in Fourth Quarter of 2011

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 5, 2012

Fourth Quarter 2011 Contractor Casualties numbers are taken from the DoL’s Defense Base Act Case Summary

so only reflect the numbers of Casualties legally reported to the Department of Labor.

These numbers reflect Defense Base Act Claims from around the world and claimants of all nations, employers, and carriers.

Contractor DBA Death claims filed from Oct 1, 2011 through December 31 2011 –       87

Contractor Injuries Claims filed –                                                                                                              3,552

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, Uncategorized, Zurich | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Department of Labor District Offices Dead in the Water

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on December 16, 2011

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, DBA Attorneys Fees, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Follow the Money, Injured Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Melt Down, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Ronco Consultilng, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

U.S. welcome disappoints L-3 Iraqi interpreter who lost his legs

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 26, 2011

“Delays and denials in paying claims are the rule”  Henry Waxman
Published June 12, 2009 5:38 pm

Rabeh Morad removes his right leg.  And then his left.  He sets aside the prosthetics and pulls down an elastic sock, exposing a shriveled stump, just below his knee.

“This,” he says, “is what I gave to America.”

He’s a proud man, stout in frame and loud in voice. He was a successful electronics merchant in the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriyah before answering the U.S. military’s call for interpreters.

Now he’s a refugee. Jobless, distraught — sometimes suicidal — he’s struggling to pay the rent on the small, tidy apartment he shares with his wife and 12-year-old daughter in West Valley City. Along with his other bills, he owes the United States $90 a month for his family’s airline tickets out of the Middle East.

Morad, 54, is among hundreds of wounded interpreters forced to flee Iraq after being exposed as American collaborators. Many waited in other Middle Eastern nations, dreaming of the welcome they’d get once they received permission to immigrate to the United States. Dozens have completed the journey.

Now, they’ve found themselves in a nation not nearly so grateful as they’d imagined it would be.

‘American was going to give us freedom’

Morad had picked up bits of English while working as a merchant sailor on an oil liner in the Persian Gulf. Even today, he struggles to express his thoughts in his second language, but when the U.S.-backed Coalition Provisional Authority took over Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s 2003 ouster, it came with woefully few officials who spoke Arabic.

Morad’s broken English was good enough for provisional government work; he was employed by the CPA for half a year.

Three years later, with violence mounting in Iraq’s Shiite-dominated south, the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division needed an interpreter near the holy city of Najaf. San Diego-based Titan Corporation, which has taken in billions of dollars providing translators to the U.S. military, offered Morad the job.

“I thought Saddam was a criminal,” Morad says. “America was going to give us freedom, and I wanted to help with this.”

Titan paid Morad $242 a week. The Army sent him to work with Lt. Emily Perez, a recent graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Twenty-four years her senior, Morad called Perez “my beautiful child.”

On Sept. 12, 2006, during a patrol near the city of Kifl, a roadside bomb — shaped to ensure maximum lethality — exploded below the Humvee in which Morad and Perez were passengers.

Perez was killed. Morad lost his legs.

‘I always believed’

When U.S. military members lose limbs in combat they’re stabilized in Iraq, evacuated as quickly as possible to the Army hospital at Landstuhl, Germany, then sent to specialized care facilities in the United States. They’re provided physical therapy, job training and counseling. Some receive computerized prosthetic limbs that cost more than a house. Many heal so well that they end up back in uniform — and some who have asked to do so have even returned to combat.

Titan’s interpreters took a different route. After initially being treated at U.S. military hospitals in Iraq, most were sent to Amman, Jordan, where they lived dormitory-style in a hotel owned by a local doctor. There they awaited surgeries and — many hoped — a ticket to the United States. Their care was basic, their prosthetics decidedly low-tech. In most cases, they were treated only for physical injuries, not psychological wounds.

Morad spent a year in Jordan waiting for doctors to tell him he had reached “maximum medical improvement.”

That’s where he met Diyar al-Bayati, another interpreter who, like Morad, lost both legs in a bombing while working for the U.S. Army. Just 20 years old, al-Bayati underwent painful surgeries in Jordan while holding fast to the belief that a grander life awaited him in the United States. He figured his sacrifice would help expedite the immigration process he’d started months earlier, at the urging of the U.S. soldiers he worked alongside.

“I always believed that I would live in America,” he said. But, he sadly adds, he figured he would come here with legs.

Last spring, al-Bayati finally arrived in Utah — and by coincidence, just weeks before Morad — but he found his service to this country counted for little when it came to accessing medical care. He’s still waiting for a set of prosthetic legs. He wheels around in a simple folding wheelchair, and sometimes in a second-hand motorized chair donated by a good Samaritan.

Someday, he says, he’ll return to Iraq.

‘I could not go back’

It was more money than he’d ever seen, but Morad knew he was getting a bad deal when a representative from Titan’s insurance company, AIG, offered him $112,000 in compensation shortly before he was discharged from the Jordan hospital. Settlement documents, written in Arabic and English, said that amount “adequately covers the cost of any necessary future medical treatment.”

Morad disagreed. He wanted to immigrate to the United States and knew the costs of medical care would be high. “But the man told me ‘You are old, so this is all you will get.’ ”

Morad signed the contract. “There were some who refused to sign, and they were sent back to Iraq,” he said. Officials who have worked with injured interpreters have confirmed that the men were often pressured to sign settlements they deemed insufficient, under threat that they would be dropped off at Iraq’s border if they refused.

At that time, about 250 of Titan’s interpreters had been killed in Iraq — many executed in retribution for cooperating with U.S. forces. And when insurgents couldn’t get to the interpreters themselves, they went after their families.

“Of course, I could not go back,” Morad said.

While disappointed, he figured he could use the settlement to start a small business in the U.S. — creating a job that would keep him on his feet for only a few minutes at a time, which is as long as he can stand.

Morad arrived in America last spring. But he never got the lump sum he expected.

Instead, he receives a check for $344 every two weeks. That and the limited money he receives as a refugee — money that is about to run out — pays his rent and little more. At the rate he’s being paid, it will take Morad 13 years to receive all the money in his settlement.

‘Really disgraceful’

AIG declined to comment on how it compensates injured Iraqi interpreters. But officials familiar with the system say the benefits are dictated by the policies purchased by Titan and other defense contractors.

Most companies buy the minimum amount of coverage required by the Defense Base Act (DBA) for contractors operating alongside the military. The 67-year-old law ties compensation to a contractor’s wages — not to the cost of their future care or living expenses.

Still, California Rep. Henry Waxman is confident that insurers can and should do more. During a May hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, Waxman complained that insurance companies have pocketed extravagant profits while the American taxpayer — who foots the cost of defense contracts — gets stuck with the bill. In one case, he noted, AIG was paid $284 million to cover contractors employed by the defense company KBR. Of that amount, just $73 million went to injured contractors.

Meanwhile, the injured “have to fight the insurance company to get their benefits,” Waxman said. “Delays and denials in paying claims are the rule

Please read more here

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Civilian Contractor or Mercenary? Who do you work for, What is your job?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 19, 2011

Guest  Commentary September 19, 2011

In response to Civilian Contractor or Mercenary?

Wow.. that pretty much proves everyone (Our Government and News Sources) have been misleading the public doesn’t it?

“(F) Hs not been sent by a State which is not a party to the conflict on official duty”

Well the US Govt sent most of the guys and most of the guys were in the military, active or reserve

“(D) is neither a national of a party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a party to the conflict”

Well, if you are working for your own Govt.. it is clear your not a Mercenary!!

A mercenary is someone who works for a “Foreign Govt”. Most had govt orders and some had Diplomatic Passports. Explain that one!!!

You need to ask yourself why our own Government would allow such a misconception to continue on for so long?

I will tell you why.. remember the Blackwater shooting in September 2007 they so widely publicized? Well if they admitted it was really a diplomatic mission from the State Department that was involved, how would that look diplomatically?? I will tell you.. not very good. So they blame it on an “Evil Private Company” that is scolded and is “Put out of business” so the other countries think we are being tough… then that company opens under another name and all the workers are seamlessly transferred over and continue working.. Hummm

Lets take a closer look.. really what is the difference between a US Soldier and a “Contractor”

1) Volunteered for service: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

2) Received payment for services: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)
by the US govt directly or indirectly
(“did it for money, or Country”)

3) US Govt provided weapons and
equipment: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

4) Had to sign a contract to Join: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

5) Had to have a US Govt Security
Clearance: US Soldier (Not Required) Contractor (YES)

6) Took orders from the US Govt: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

7) Had to take an Oath and swear
allegiance to the US Govt: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)
8) Was paid directly or indirectly
by US Tax payers: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

9) Had a term of enlistment or contract: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

10) If wounded in a war zone would be
medically evac’d by the US Govt: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

11) could carry a loaded firearm
anywhere including inside the
US Embassy: US Soldier (Some) Contractor (YES)

12) Provided medical care by the
Military Hospitals inside the
war zone: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

13) Have full access to Military
APO/AFO mail system: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

14) Traveled by US Military Aircraft: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

15) Officially conducted offensive
operations: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (NO)

16) Officially conducted defensive
operations: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

17) Had access to Military Commissary
PX/BX and health and welfare
privileges: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

18) Had the ability to detain anyone
suspected of committing a crime or
threat against US or coalition forces: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

19) Authorized by the US Govt the use
of deadly force: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

20) Authorized the use of Deadly force
against fellow Americans in the event
a dignitary (Diplomat, Congressman
Senator or Presidential figure) was
in imminent danger: US Soldier (YES) Contractor (YES)

I can go on and on… So can you please tell me the difference?? Most of you out there are probably now realizing that you have been in the ether, and now are beginning to realize it, someone didn’t tell us the truth!!!

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Insurers Deliberately Confuse Consumers

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 30, 2011

It’s about time the government took action to end these companies’ practices that — yes, I’ll have to say it again — “make it nearly impossible to understand, or even to obtain, information we need.”

“Insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and make it nearly impossible to understand — or even to obtain — information we need.”

This was deliberate, I told the committee, because the more confused and ill-informed consumers are, the more money insurers make off of them

Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch  by Wendell Potter

Wendell Potter Former Head of PR for Cigna

A couple of years ago, when Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia asked me to testify about little-known health insurance industry practices at a hearing of his Senate Commerce Committee, I initially was reluctant. I knew that if I was completely honest, my life would change forever.

What he was asking me to do was to disclose practices that have contributed to the growing number of Americans without insurance, the even faster growing number of us who are underinsured, and the phenomenal increase in insurance industry profits over the years, even as the ranks of those without coverage swelled.

The purpose of the hearing was to determine what Congress could do to require insurance companies to provide more pertinent and comprehensible information to their enrollees and prospective enrollees to help them understand what they were buying. What could the government do, the senators wanted to know, to help consumers figure out their benefits, compare different policies, and truly understand what would be covered and what wouldn’t, and what their total financial obligations would be, including out-of-pocket costs, in the event of sickness or injury?

I agreed to testify in hopes that, as an insider — an insurance industry executive for two decades — I might be helpful as members of Congress drafted this important part of larger legislation to reform the U.S. health care system, especially the health insurance industry. Without disclosure, it’s hard to understand what you’re paying for — and what you can count on in return.

Please read the entire article here

Two long-time advocates of greater transparency joined me on the panel: Karen Pollitz, then research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, who would later join Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ consumer information and insurance oversight education team, and Nancy Metcalf, senior editor at Consumer Reports. Both of them encouraged the senators to require insurers to provide not only useful and understandable information but to do so in a standard format. Without that, they argued, consumers still would not be able to compare one health plan with another.

Insurers Deliberately Confuse Customers

I couldn’t have agreed more. In my remarks, I told the committee how insurers deliberately confuse their customers and dump the sick — all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.

I went on to say that insurers “make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and make it nearly impossible to understand — or even to obtain — information we need.”

This was deliberate, I told the committee, because the more confused and ill-informed consumers are, the more money insurers make off of them

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More Medical Waste

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 3, 2010

by Bryant Furlow at the New Mexico Independent

Despite a seven-year string of rate increases on New Mexico policyholders, the firm has not curbed executive compensation, officials testified at the hearing.

Top individual HSCS executives’ bonus pay for 2007, 2008 and 2009 well exceeded the company’s claimed $20 million loss over those three years on New Mexico health insurance policies. In 2008 alone, HCSC’s CEO and a company vice president took home nearly $20 million in bonuses, for example.

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Looking for Rebecca Radar

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 30, 2010

A friend and former coworker of the late Kevin Radar has asked us to put him in touch with Kevin’s widow Rebecca Radar or his brother-in-law Jeff Coffman of Penleton, Ore.

Kevin was killed in Iraq in August 2004 when the fuel truck he was driving for KBR exploded.  His friend was there when it happened.

Defense contractor companies typically conceal the truth about combat deaths leaving survivors with nagging questions about what had really happened to their loved ones.

AIG settled he claim in January 2010, more than five years after Kevin died.

Please accept our belated condolences.   Should you wish to contact us please send an email to

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Eric W. Hooker, Civilian Contractor, Died April 21, Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 28, 2010

It was unclear Tuesday how Hooker died. Messages left with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service public affairs office were not returned, and calls to Hooker’s Drums home went unanswered. Here

Eric W. Hooker, 41, of Clear Springs Circle, Drums, passed away April 21 in Iraq while serving as a civilian contractor with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Eric returned to the United States from Iraq at Dover Air Force Base. He became the first civilian to be granted a dignified transfer ceremony under a new policy from the Department of Defense.

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 27, 1968, he was the son of the late William E. and Doreen (Maude) Hooker and resided in Drums for the past six years after moving from Hanover.

While serving in Iraq, he was employed as a loss prevention manager for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Although not currently on active duty, Eric was an Army veteran, and was also a member of the American Legion.

Eric was a member of Hazle Azalea Fellowship Lodge No. 327 of the Masons. He was a member of the Shriners and was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Eric was a loving husband and father, who enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Surviving are his loving wife of the past 18 years, the former Stacey Lynn Easten; and a daughter, Paige Leigh Hooker, at home.

A celebration of life memorial gathering to share memories and stories will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Beech Mountain Lakes Community Clubhouse, Beech Mountain, Route 309. There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eric W. Hooker Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o KNBT Bank, 24 S. Hunter Highway, Route 309, Drums, PA 18222.

Harman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Condolences may be e-mailed from and more information is available at www

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My Next Target

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 27, 2010

By T Lee Marshall   AIG WAR

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T. Christian Miller Wins Special Recognition ICIJ Daniel Pearl Awards

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 26, 2010

ICIJ Names Winners of 2010 Daniel Pearl Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A gutsy, collaborative series by four European news outlets about toxic waste dumping in Africa and a surprising exposé by a freelancer on payoffs by U.S. military contractors to the Taliban won the 2010 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.

In addition to the two winners, the judges awarded a special Certificate of Recognition to T. Christian Miller , Disposable Army, ProPublica; Doug Smith and Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times; and Pratap Chatterjee, freelance (United States), for their impressive series “” on how injured civilian contractors working for the U.S. military have been abandoned by Washington. Read the full story here

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Thousands of vets missing out on better benefits

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 6, 2010

By Associated Press on Apr 2nd, 2010

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Only a fraction of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed claims.

As of mid-March, only 921 vets have applied out of the 77,000 the Pentagon estimates are eligible, according to numbers provided to The Associated Press by the Physical Disability Board of Review. The panel was created in 2008 but started taking cases in January 2009.

More than 230 cases have been decided, about 60 percent in favor of improving the veteran’s benefits, while an additional 119 case were dismissed as ineligible.

Advocates and even the board members themselves want the review panel to do a better job of getting the word out.

“Quite frankly, I would like to see more opportunities for us to reach out to these people,” said Michael LoGrande, president of the three-member board that has a staff of 10. “But we are doing the best we can with the limited people and resources we have.”

LoGrande said the board is trying to reach eligible vets mainly through veterans groups.  Read the full story here

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