Monday, March 5, 2012

The VA should be for Veterans

Jim Fausone
Veterans Disability Lawyer

When you are really frustrated with the system, you think the VA hates veterans. Ok, not every employee at VA has such hate, but it sure feels that way to the veterans who get the runaround. We see it in the disability arena, but it is not exclusive as evidenced by an article about veteran business owners trying to get work from VA.

It is reported by some veterans the VA continues adversarial treatment of veterans instead of one of advocacy. This is baffling to many Veteran business owners who are trying to do business with the Department. "The VA, whose sole purpose for existence is to promote the welfare of Veterans, has flatly refused to honor a law known as Vets First which gives priority to Veteran owned business when the VA makes purchases. Even in the face of multiple rulings from the Government Accountability Office telling the VA its interpretation of the law is wrong the VA continues to subject Veterans to the humiliation of being placed behind non Veterans by the organization they rely on for support. What makes this issue such a flash point is the upcoming Veteran Owned Business Conference to be held in Detroit June 25th- 29th, 2012 by the VA. Many Veteran Business leaders call this the height of hypocrisy for the VA to promote this conference as the premiere event for the Veteran businesses when it disregards the very law meant to provide opportunities for Veterans to participate in the contracting process."

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