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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
That is Not Fair
have to really prove up PTSD to VA rating officials to receive about $25,000 a
year in disability payments. But here is a report of a student locked up
and forgotten by DEA for
five days and he gets $4.1 million from the federal government. This is
A UC San Diego student who was forgotten
in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days without
food or water described the incident as a "really, really bad, horrible
Daniel Chong, 25, will receive $4.1
million from the government to settle his claim. For reasons that remain
unclear, Chong was left
for five days in a 5-by-10-foot windowless room without food, water or
toilet facilities after being swept up in a campus raid on April 20, 2012.
He claims his quick weight loss allowed him to
slip out of a pair of handcuffs. He also claims to have suffered
hallucinations and having to drink his own urine to survive. He tried to break
a fire sprinkler to get water but failed. He
screamed for help but soon became too weak.
DEA employees found him covered in his
own feces and severely dehydrated.
Veterans are stuck pursuing claims
within an administrative system. Maybe if they had the right to file
a civil suit, they could settle for fair and large dollar amounts.