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VA sends $4,000 bill to triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient after he spoke out against Obama
Poor Richard's News ^ | November 6, 2013

Posted on 02/28/2014 7:28:03 AM PST by grundle

If you want to see where government-run healthcare gets you, look no further than what the VA is doing to Airman Brian Kolfage after he spoke out against Obama. Our veterans who sustained injuries in combat deserve the best treatment we can give them, but the VA just sent Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage a bill for $4,000.

Here’s the letter he just received from the VA:

Kolfage is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and wants to know why his records were pulled in the first place. He’s written about the whole story on his Facebook page (emphasis mine):

Two months ago I received a letter from the VA stating they over paid me and that I needed to provide evidence proving otherwise. So I mailed in everything showing that in fact I wasn’t over paid what they were stating, hard evidence too. I then get a letter stating its been resolved. Now today I get this letter showing that they are taking money out of my disability compensation that I receive for losing my three limbs… I call the number listed and the automated system says call back another day, WTF, you’re taking my money and you can’t even answer the phones. This is the garbage that so many veterans have been dealing with over the past few years. And its complete [expletive] that someone can lose half their body for their country then they pull our records to nickel and dime us because the government is broke. After dealing with this for over a month I’ve decided to share my experience. This is exactly why we do not need a full blown government healthcare system run by the IRS, because they will target opposition, they will mess up, and they will take your money even if its by mistake. Then it will take months to even correct it, and this is just the VA, imagine this on a scale 30,000 times larger!

If this is how our nation treats our most severely wounded think about how they’ll treat those who are everyday citizens. The only people who are truly taken care of these days are those who control us and are politicians, they ensure their own are granted every privilege that they can come up with while screwing those who are trying to survive. IS THIS THE CHANGE YOU VOTED FOR? please tell WHY my record was pulled for one thing, and then a background check was done, then my money is being taken… for what? FREEDOM OF SPEECH!?

To his credit, Kolfage makes it clear that his objective isn’t to get any money out of this. He’s not looking for sympathy, just to expose how corrupt the VA is. He turned down one twitter user’s offer to pay for his medical expenses:



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KEYWORDS: briankolfage; disability; kolfage; lettertoobama; va; vamedicalrecords; vet; veteran

1 posted on 02/28/2014 7:28:03 AM PST by grundle
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping!


2 posted on 02/28/2014 7:29:14 AM PST by grundle
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To: grundle
Every agency in government has been politicized by the current WH occupant.
3 posted on 02/28/2014 7:33:44 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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4 posted on 02/28/2014 7:40:00 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: grundle

You would think that ObamaCare, aka, the affordable care act would cover this. As a disabled veteran myself, I received official letters stating that I was automatically enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare, and had to take no action courtesy of the VA. The VA made this possible by acting as an agent for the government enrolling those who met the criteria. Based on my experience, this poor guy should be covered for medical costs. If in fact there is a hardship due to overpayment, the VA has the power to recognize his hardship and accept their loss.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 7:40:26 AM PST by Jumper
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To: grundle

With government

It’s rarely malice

and almost always stupidity.

Somebody f***ed up the paperwork.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 7:40:59 AM PST by warchild9
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To: grundle

God bless him! He needs to run for office!


7 posted on 02/28/2014 7:41:12 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: grundle
"Kick 'em when they're up, Kick 'em when they're down, Kick 'em when they're stiff, Kick 'em all around"

~ Don Henley

8 posted on 02/28/2014 7:42:42 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
that's POLUTE-isized by the wh regime.

the occupant is not alone

If I was triple amputee, and I knew this story had gotten out via FreeRepublic, and maybe other outlets ... I would be EXPECTING THE CAVALRY !

This guy had better NOT be George Zimmermaned ... meaning ... screaming for help and no one actually came TO help, but a bunch'a people KNEW.

Hang in there, Airman Brian

9 posted on 02/28/2014 7:42:52 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: warchild9
Stupidity, like the IRS attack on conservative political groups ?

I don't buy it.

10 posted on 02/28/2014 7:42:54 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Didn’t say everything, just this VA f***-up.

Please, someone convince me the NSA spying is benevolent.

Please.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 7:45:24 AM PST by warchild9
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To: Jumper

the VA has the power to recognize his hardship and accept their loss.

Good luck with that.

What they eventually told me was, “when you die,
we will collect that 95 dollars from your estate.
But hey, I’ll be dead, so I got that going for me.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 7:47:05 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grundle
This is one corrupt, petulant & utterly disgusting group of slugs in this administration.

That is all.

13 posted on 02/28/2014 7:55:07 AM PST by skeeter
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To: warchild9
“With government It’s rarely malice and almost always stupidity.”

With the Obama Administration it is probably malice. Stupidity is random. It effects people regardless of their views. With the Obama Administration it only the good people who speak out who get attacked by the government. The IRS is a good case in point.

14 posted on 02/28/2014 7:57:58 AM PST by detective
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To: grundle

I’ve been to the VA, and I told folks that if you want gov’t healthcare, look at the $hitty service at the VA. My visits were some of the most disgusting and insulting times in my life. My solution, as a former combat vet, is to get rid of the VA, and let veterans have free, yes FREE, healthcare through a private doctor, paid for by the gov’t. The VA is just another bureaucracy in the government that is over-funded, and under performing. Any gov’t bureau can and will be used politically, so let’s shut it down - along with the NSA, IRS, EPA, FDA, and everyone of those boondoggles being used against the people of the US.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 7:59:43 AM PST by RobertoinAL
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To: grundle

$4,825....sh*t, that’s how much the VA spends on an unauthorized portrait of some foreign doctor they hired after her work visa was extended......


16 posted on 02/28/2014 8:00:17 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: detective

Historically, taxing authorities have always personified malice.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 8:01:33 AM PST by warchild9
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; warchild9

> Stupidity, like the IRS attack on conservative political
> groups ?
>
> I don’t buy it.

Agreed.

Never attribute to stupidity that which can just as easily be construed as malice.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 8:01:45 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: grundle

Everybody share this via email, Facebook etc.

This is Cuban communism in action. Venezuela.


19 posted on 02/28/2014 8:01:47 AM PST by mgist (.)
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To: Westbrook

‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’


20 posted on 02/28/2014 8:04:00 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Westbrook

Wait, wait...who got that backwards?

Hanlon’s Razor


21 posted on 02/28/2014 8:05:30 AM PST by warchild9
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To: grundle

THEN THERE’S THIS

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/24/va-employees-destroyed-veterans-medical-records-to-cancel-backlogged-exam-requests-audio/


22 posted on 02/28/2014 8:09:00 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: warchild9

With government

It’s rarely malice

and almost always stupidity.

Somebody f***ed up the paperwork.
******************************************************************

Really? It’s always amazing that such “stupidity” raises its head when an individual has criticized “the messiah Obama”.

It’s not stupidity at all. It’s VILENESS and EVIL, pure and simple. This vileness comes not only from Obama’s political appointees, it’s also endemic amongst the career (and vastly overpaid) civil servants.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 8:09:37 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

Most decisions made at the VA level are performed by career bureaucrats. My daddy has been fighting them for years.

The color of the face in the White House is irrelevant.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 8:11:47 AM PST by warchild9
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To: warchild9

Henlon’s razor:

You can attribute however you want, in the end, both the malice and the stupidity of others will hurt you, and you have the right to defend yourself.


25 posted on 02/28/2014 8:13:47 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

Wiki “Hanlon’s Razor”

You’ll get my joke


26 posted on 02/28/2014 8:16:30 AM PST by warchild9
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To: grundle

Unfreaking unbelievable. I had to pay back benefits when I got awarded 10% for Agent Orange induced prostate cancer because the biopsy came back as a benign tumor not malignant and was told to refile when the tumor became malignant. Using that logic for this Airman is take back the money as if the limbs grew back magically and they’ll give him the money back when he loses them again. VA logic knows no bounds of actual logic.


27 posted on 02/28/2014 8:20:37 AM PST by redcatcherb412
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To: redcatcherb412
A young man from my home town high school was drafted and sent to VN. He was in combat, driving a personnel carrier, when he ran over a mine.
The explosion came up through the floor and in addition to leg injuries, he lost one testicle.
He returned home, married and fathered three children that all help on his family farm. He was provided a 90 percent disability by the VA.
28 posted on 02/28/2014 8:39:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: RobertoinAL

I’ve wondered why cost-cutting hasn’t taken this turn already... but, I forget...bureaucrats need to justify their jobs.

Seriously, FREE HEALTHCARE for all vets at their own doctor is probably a much less expensive way to go - with better care!


29 posted on 02/28/2014 8:41:45 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: grundle

This regime has declared war on each and every person who lives in Acirema. They are doing it one at a time so no one notices.

What they forget is that in this day and age, information is spread at the speed of light. It is time to strike back.

DEFY, RESIST, EVADE, SMUGGLE


30 posted on 02/28/2014 8:45:32 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: warchild9

“It’s rarely malice and almost always stupidity.”

2 words: Lois Lerner.


31 posted on 02/28/2014 8:57:48 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Born to Conserve; warchild9; Eric in the Ozarks; detective
warchild9:" It’s rarely malice.
and almost always stupidity. Somebody f***ed up the paperwork.
Eric in the Ozarks (post#3) :" Every agency in government has been politicized by the current WH occupant. "
Eric in the Ozarks (POST #10) :"Stupidity, like the IRS attack on conservative political groups ?
I don't buy it."
detective (post #14):" With the Obama Administration it is probably malice. Stupidity is random. It effects people regardless of their views.
With the Obama Administration it only the good people who speak out who get attacked by the government.
The IRS is a good case in point. "
Born to Conserve:"Henlon’s razor:
You can attribute however you want, in the end, both the malice and the stupidity of others will hurt you,
and you have the right to defend yourself.

This is the most vindictive and opressive administration ever , and you can attribute it to the power and brains behind the throne !!
and It isn't the empty suit !!

32 posted on 02/28/2014 9:05:44 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

In my former job, I ran a team that consisted of myself and three other military retirees; I’m ex-Air Force; the rest of the group consisted of a retired Army MSG; a retired CSM (National Guard) and a retired Petty Officer (USN).

One day, I was talking to the Navy guy and the subject of disability pensions came up. He volunteered that he was collecting a 70% disability on one training accident and PTSD. Never served in combat; in fact, he spent most of his career as a recruiter and manager in the Navy’s recruiting command.

There are literally thousands of these dubious and false claims that are routinely approved; they clog the system and increase wait times for vets who truly deserve the benefits and often have to wait years for a determination on their claims. I retired more than a decade ago, but heard that most troops exiting the service (including the REMFs) claim PTSD, since it will give them a check for life and put them at the head of the line for VA care.

One more story about the VA. In my first job after leaving active duty, I worked with a retired Air Force Lt
Col, who spent his Vietnam tour at a ground radar site. Base was never attacked during year in the ‘Nam; if fact, he joked the biggest hazard he faced was bad food at the O Club. He was a retired O-5, and later retired from civil service as well. No kids; investment portfolio worth almost seven figures. Yet, every time he needed health care, he ran down to the local VA hospital because it was free. And, because he served in Vietnam (at a base where agent orange aircraft were stationed), he was considered priority one.

Needless to say, he never came close to those planes, the chemical, or the jungle where it was sprayed. But by being in the right place at the right time, he was at the top of the list for any VA-provided health care service.


33 posted on 02/28/2014 9:21:38 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: grundle
The next President has a LOT of cleaning up to do.

The zero king now reminds me of Sharkey (Sauruman) and the Cleansing of The Shire at the end of The Lord of The Rings (the book).

34 posted on 02/28/2014 9:22:47 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: RobertoinAL

The purpose of The Veterans Administration is not to assist Veterans. The purpose of The Veterans Administration is to provide government jobs for Democrats.


35 posted on 02/28/2014 9:24:01 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: grundle

Let us all repeat the VA motto....

“Delete, Delay, Deny And Hope They Die”


36 posted on 02/28/2014 9:28:36 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: warchild9
With government

It’s rarely malice

Once upon a time I believed that too.

37 posted on 02/28/2014 9:32:18 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
A cousin was combat infantry in 1966-67 and was dosed with Agent Orange on two major occasions. While there was no history of birth defects in his or wife's family, they had two very damaged children before deciding to forgo additional kids.
The VA in Des Moines ducked and dodged his request for testing or help with their children. A private MD testified there was no question that AO had caused the birth defects and shortened his life.
38 posted on 02/28/2014 10:03:43 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: tet68

Wish you luck and hang in there. I guess they will get their $95... Just file a claim for travel every time you visit (I don’t bother) but it will nickel and dime them to death administratively and you’ll get your pound of flesh, so to speak.


39 posted on 02/28/2014 10:23:25 AM PST by Jumper
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I used to work with a guy that was in combat in Grenada and got shot in one of his testicles during combat. Ouch!


40 posted on 02/28/2014 10:29:39 AM PST by Two Kids' Dad
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

No surprise...my late brother-in-law (career Army combat engineer) was exposed directly to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. Before he died in 1988, he filed a claim with the VA. Took years, but his widow finally received benefits almost a decade later (she passed away in 2012). My brother-in-law was a longtime smoker, but the VA couldn’t rule out the possibility that Agent Orange played a role in the cancer that eventually claimed his life.

Don’t know what options your cousin’s family has at this point, but I’d encourage them to keep fighting, if possible. The VA is a maze on its best days; too many dubious or fraudulent claims seem to sail through, while others (like your cousin’s) are rejected.


41 posted on 02/28/2014 11:39:58 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: grundle

It drives me absolutely crazy that liberals don’t understand that this is how government-run institutions operate, and have operated, since time immemorial. I’ve known this since I was 17. What’s wrong with people?


42 posted on 02/28/2014 2:13:40 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Doogle

Thanks for the link.


43 posted on 02/28/2014 2:45:54 PM PST by grundle
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To: NTHockey

...and “SSS”...


44 posted on 02/28/2014 5:48:07 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: grundle

Sorry, but I have family members who work for the VA and they tell me that the VA has “equal oppurtunity screw-ups” all the time. When I ask them “what do you mean by ‘equal oppurunity screw-ups’,” they respond, “The VA screws everyone equally regardless of race, creed, religion, or whatever [yes, I paraphrased the comments in quotes.]


45 posted on 02/28/2014 6:04:20 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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