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Week Ending Sunday, February 17, 2019
Volume 10, Issue 07

As I’m sure this would apply to most Veterans across the country, the VA truly angers me in many ways.
Suicide rates are climbing, yet the VA says they’re declining.
The VA says Veteran Homelessness is declining, but the facts say just the opposite, they are indeed climbing again.
The VA used to publish what they called the Monday Morning Worksheet where it showed the number of claims, appeals, etc., but then before they stopped publishing the report, they altered it to reflect an entirely different story, mostly, in my personal opinion to cover their asses!
Agent Orange claims over the past 50 plus years has risen as well as we’re still finding out more about what these rainbow chemicals actually do to your body, and some take years and years before they surface, yet the mountain of evidence continues to rise as well.
Wait times and proper, accepted standards of medical care are on the decline again as well. And we continue to sit back, relax, and let it all happen.
Under Links to Other Stories, you will see a link to an article which is rather detailed.
Then we still have the “offset” between retirement and DIC benefits for widows where the government is stealing approximately $1,200.00 per months from Widows, which is $14,400.00 annually.
This “offset” also known as “double dipping” seems to be a favorite issue of members of Congress especially come election time.
Someone will always present a new piece of legislation to resolve this problem, but once elected, it’s forgotten and this has been going on for at least the past twelve years and it seems they put that piece of legislation up to get re-elected, and never once bother to stop and think just how badly this affects our widows!
Over the years, I’ve received a number of letters from widows asking me to help them, and there isn’t anything I can do but the normal routine, to ask people to get involved, calling their reps in DC frequently in order to get the bill to the floor, voted on and passed.
Many of these widows for financial reasons all brought on by the very Government that send their spouses off to war and were KIA, or came home only to die a slow death due to contamination have ended up selling their home or losing it due to inability to pay their mortgage.
Imagine you and your spouse living in a house that you worked your tail off for, scrimped and saved to make the down payment, then you pass on, and within a period of time your widow has to sell a home you’ve lived in for 10, 20, 30 years just to save money and be able to live on what you’re being given.
Then we have the problem which has been ongoing for decades where the VA promotes people “within” the current ranks to Director, and those very same people were taught how to scam the system and end up making thousands of dollars all on the backs of those whom have served!
Is this right, absolutely not, but when people just refuse to speak out, what can be expected?
The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center is a prime example. And that fight to make it right has been going on for years. Veterans protested every Sunday, week after week, rain or shine, some were threatened, some arrested.
VA Land was leased out to the Brentwood elitists who owned various businesses catering to civilians, private schools, hotel services, a dog park, and more which brought on a lawsuit which was won, yet there are still civilian businesses on land that was donated with strict provisions it be used for a Veteran Nursing Home back in the 1800’s.
We again seem to have a VA Secretary who doesn’t seem to accomplish anything of substance, and where are we? Sitting back, watching a ball game, chugging down a beer, or just doing what ever, but still remaining silent.
I know I’ve said this a million times over, but, without your help, how can anyone expect real change in the VA Healthcare System? How many lives does it cost before we take serious action?
I know I’ve personally posted many articles on how another Veteran lost his life due to the VA, so it’s really no secret it’s happening!
So, again I am asking each and everyone to get involved, call your Reps in DC every week, we prefer Fridays as everyone wants to go home either early or on time to have their weekend fun, lets slow them down, and show how serious we are.
And you don’t have to be a Veteran, spouse of a Veteran, or children of a Veteran, civilians are more than welcome, even urged to help by calling, E-Mailing, what ever it takes.
Just keep it civil, no foul language, no screaming, just plain and simple requests.
The idea is, provided we can get the thousands upon thousands of people doing the same thing at the same time (and I recommend every Friday) is that it will slow down operations in their office, and in many cases prevent your Rep from doing the one and only thing they’re good at, “LINING THEIR POCKETS” and will force them to take immediate, swift action to provide what we’re demanding and get it to the floor for a vote and passage, just so they can get back to “lining their pockets!”
We announced three weeks ago that we’ve officially closed all our Face Book Pages and are now officially on MEWE.COM for everything. So if you’re interested in following us on any of the various pages, all the links further down in the newsletter will take you there.
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!
Jim Davis 

VA Evicts Groups that Help Vets; Dog Park, Baseball Stadium, Prep School Athletic Fields, Upscale Store Parking Stay
The Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) facility that illegally rents its sprawling grounds to institutions that don’t serve veterans just evicted several groups dedicated to veterans, including a nonprofit that for decades has comforted dying vets and another that helps those who are disabled.
While the VA gave the volunteer organizations the boot without offering an explanation, it continues housing a parking lot for nearby upscale shops, a university baseball stadium, a dog park for the professional dog walkers of affluent residents, and athletic fields for a fancy prep school.
It marks the latest of several scandals involving the misuse of this VA property, where a top official pleaded guilty to multiple felonies last year for taking bribes from a parking lot operator that defrauded the agency out of millions. This month at least five established nonprofits dedicated to providing veterans with therapeutic activities, counseling and other valuable survival skills have been evicted while private businesses that don’t benefit vets remain.
The Jewish War Veterans is among the organizations that just got kicked out along with Twilight Brigade, the Disabled American Veterans, Vet-to-Vet and the Association for Parrot C.A.R.E., which provides therapeutic activities for vets at its parrot sanctuary. A local newspaper reported the latest travesty at the southern California VA this week, but Judicial Watch has for years investigated, sued and obtained government documents involving the VA’s illegal use of this parcel.
The 338-acre property in West Los Angeles, which includes the National Veterans Park and Veterans Home, was deeded to the federal government in 1888 for the specific purpose of caring for disabled veterans. Thousands of disabled veterans once lived on the grounds, which also had churches, theaters, a library and post office. In the 1960s and 1970s the VA quietly closed the facilities, according to the American Legion, and ousted mentally disabled veterans.
In recent years, the property has been used for many causes unrelated to veterans. Among them is a stadium for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) baseball team, an athletic complex for a nearby private high school, laundry facilities for a local hotel, storage and maintenance of production sets for 20th Century Fox Television, the Brentwood Theatre, soccer practice and match fields for a private girls’ soccer club, a dog park, and a farmer’s market.
For nearly a decade a group called the Old Veterans Guard has filed complaints against rampant corruption at the Los Angeles campus, specifically for abusing and misappropriating VA property. The group assembled weekly and on Memorial Day to protest the VA’s failure to make full use of the facility to benefit veterans, particularly those who are homeless. The government retaliated by sending VA police to harass and intimidate them at weekly rallies.
One of the group’s leaders, an elderly Army vet named Robert Rosebrock, got criminally charged for posting a pair of four-by-six-inch American Flags on the outside fence of the Los Angeles VA on Memorial Day in 2016. The fence is part of the “Great Lawn Gate” and marks the entrance to the Los Angeles National Veterans Park. Judicial Watch represented Rosebrock in the federal case, which was tried in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The court eventually ruled that Rosebrock was not guilty of violating federal law for displaying the flags above the VA fence.
Judicial Watch sued the VA Police and other agency officials for violating Rosebrock’s and his fellow protestors’ Constitutional rights. Judicial Watch has also sued the VA twice for documents related to the non-veteran use of the Los Angeles facility and obtained records that show the VA paid private businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars to reimburse them for terminating unlawful lease agreements.
A 2011 lawsuit accusing the VA of misusing the Los Angeles grounds and illegally leasing the land forced the agency to make changes. As part of a settlement, the VA announced that it would dedicate the West L.A. campus to “serving veterans in need” by, among other things, designing a plan to help end homelessness among the county’s veterans. The legal settlement also compelled the VA to terminate leases with private businesses that were never supposed to be there in the first place.
The records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the VA paid Twentieth Century Fox Television $435,000 and a construction company building an illegal amphitheater on the north side of the grounds $287,318. The television studio used 72,160 square feet of VA land for parking, storage and maintenance of production sets.
Just a few months ago a federal auditexposed rampant fraud and corruption involving the illicit land sharing agreements made by crooked VA officials in Los Angeles. Judicial Watch launched an investigation into the deals and has three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests pending.

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H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act
On January 8, 2019, Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL) introduced H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act. 
This bill would extend concurrent receipt authority to longevity retirees with service-connected disabilities rated less than 50 percent disabling. Under current law disabled veterans with longevity retirement from active military service who are also in receipt of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability determination of 50 percent or higher may retain both military retirement pay and their compensation.
DAV strongly supports H.R. 303 as it would end the unfair policy of forcing many military longevity retirees to forfeit some of their retired pay in order to receive equal amounts of disability compensation from the VA. This legislation is in accord with DAV Resolution No. 104 and would eliminate concurrent receipt for all longevity retirees.
Please use the prepared electronic letter or draft your own to urge your Representative to support and cosponsor H.R. 303. As always, we appreciate your support for DAV and your grassroots activism in participating in DAV CAN. Thank you for all you do for America’s veterans and their families.
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