"I WAS A HUMAN GUINEA PIG AT ATOMIC
A former Army paratrooper from Maine is wondering why his V.A. disability pension was suspended after he returned home from having a serious operation for throat cancer - a condition brought on by the soldier's exposure to atomic radiation back in the 1950's.
Jim Wallace, 74, of Pembroke, Maine says his 50% disability pension from the Veterans Administration was inexplicably suspended six years ago when he got back to his Washington County home from an operation at a Boston VA medical facility.
The surgery was critical, with Wallace diagnosed suffering from throat cancer.
MilitaryCorruption.com has obtained letters from eminent doctors, including a physician affiliated with the VA itself, that state the man's medical condition is "service-connected.
LETTER FROM VA DOCTOR PROVES WALLACE "SERVICE-CONNECTED
Highly-respected Dr. John E. Gooey, Chief of the Head and Neck Surgery unit at Boston's VA Hospital, wrote on May 18, 2004:
"Mr. Wallace has been under my care since Dec. 17, 2001. He was (operated on) January 15, 2002 and a cancerous tumor cell removed (from his throat).
"(Mr. Wallace) stated that he had a history of ionizing radiation exposure when he was present during atomic bomb testing in the Marshall Islands during his service career. The pathology report on the resected surgical specimen includes the comment: 'The carcinoma invades the mandible. There are extensive radiation changes.'
"It is my opinion that his exposure to ionizing radiation was the most significant factor in the development of his oropharyngeal cancer, and as such, this condition should be considered service-connected."
Well, it doesn't get more clear-cut than that. So why isn't Wallace receiving his disability pension, and why wasn't it increased from 50% to 100% (permanent and total)? The Veterans Administration's own doctor calls the radiation poisoning "service-connected."
DID THE BEANCOUNTERS DEPRIVE A VETERAN
Could it be, after the expensive surgery performed on the Maine man, the VA sought to recover costs by suspending the nearly-destitute ex-GI's monthly pension?
We know there are many good people in the VA system. But all it takes are a few rotten apples and uncaring bureaucrats to make the others look bad. Perhaps this case is one that has simply "fallen through the cracks."
Still, that doesn't mean that fairness should be ignored. You, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine (up for re-election in 2008) as is Rep. Mike Michaud, can do more than accept the inevitable paper-shuffling and delays that this poor veteran has endured to this point in time. By applying pressure in the proper places, you can quickly restore this veteran's disability pension and recover the monies that were unfairly denied him for a period of six years.
MAINE MAN ASKS OUR HELP AND WE QUICKLY RESPOND
Perhaps if you could read the hand-printed letter we got from our fellow Maine native, your heart would be touched enough to make sure that this case is swiftly taken care of.
"I'm in real bad health," Wallace pleaded, "and don't expect to live very much longer. I was a human guinea pig, exposed to two nuclear bomb tests, and as a result, am loaded with cancer of the throat, lung, jaw, etc.
"I've submitted all kinds of paperwork, but nothing happens. My government has abandoned me. I am at the end of my rope and I'm asking for your assistance. Please help me!"
Don't worry, Mr. Wallace. We will. With more than 1.5 million "hits" a month on MilitaryCorruption.com, we are read daily at the Pentagon; the White House; by the secretary of defense's office and the FBI. They don't necessarily like or even respect us, but they know we have a great deal of influence. They realize this story cannot be ignored once it has appeared on MCC.
What person with an ounce of humanity would deny this man his rightful benefits? Jim Wallace deserves justice, and we will see to it he gets it, even if we have to call the senator and congressman's office every day until this case is properly resolved.