Appeals Court Will Revisit Order To Overhaul VA

By: AP
By: AP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has put on hold its ruling that ordered a dramatic overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, because it wants to reconsider the earlier decision.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that a special 11-judge panel will reconsider the appeal of two veterans group who accused the VA of shoddy medical treatment and ignoring rising mental health problems, including an increase in suicides.

In May, a three-judge panel of the same found that the department took too long to process medical claims. That panel said the "unchecked incompetence" in the handling of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health claims was unconstitutional.

That ruling was invalidated Tuesday when a majority of the court's judges voted to rehear the case.

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  • by John on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    I'm a vet and I second what Bradman said. Cops, with some notable exceptions, are punks and bullies who hide behind badges and guns. They, the cops, don't like running into someone who won't push so easily.
  • by Anon Location: America on Nov 17, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Bradman: You may wish to temper your threats. The gov may not like what you're sayin.
  • by Bradman on Nov 16, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Don't start screwing with the veterans. You wouldn't like what the outcome would be if they banded together. Let's see, a good title would be, maybe, Occupy America. Veterans far outnumber, are better trained and armed than the police force... Just sayin'
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