Buchanan ‘missing through inacation”
I would like to add my voice to the concern that Congressman Vern Buchanan is MIA. I have had an Agent Orange claim with the VA for eight years now. The Notice Of Disagreement I filed with the VA (they denied my claim even though I have a number of “presumptive illnesses” associated with AO exposure and my DD214 clearly shows that I was in Vietnam. I have also submitted photographs of me in Vietnam).
When I have called upon Mr. Buchanan’s office for assistance, the only response I get is that the matter is “in process.” I knew that already, since the VA sent a letter that stated exactly the same thing.
I thought that the idea of being representative meant that you go to bat for your constituents. Apparently I was mistaken; it must mean that your staff sends out form letters telling you what you knew before asking them for help.
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The last action Mr. Buchanan took for veterans was getting ID cards issued for us. (Those are still MIA!) Big deal; ID cards don’t do a thing to straighten out the mess that is the VA and they don’t help processing claims.
While I get excellent health care from the VA’s Bay Area medical facilities, I cannot say one good thing about the claims and appeals process. Nor can I think of anything good about having Vern Buchanan being in Washington supposedly “representing” me and fellow veterans.
I think that instead of MIA a better acronym might be MTI: Missing Through Inaction.