VICTORY AT LAST FOR MAINE VETERAN
STRICKEN WITH CANCER - JIM WALLACE
"GUINEA PIG" IN 1950'S A-BOMB TESTS
FINALLY GETS DISABILITY PENSION FROM
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION - "THANK GOD
FOR MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM," WALLACE
SAYS - "I NEVER WOULD HAVE GOT THIS
WITHOUT YOUR HELP." - 75 YEAR-OLD EX-ARMY
PARATROOPER RATED 50% DISABLED FROM
PTSD - NO MORE "CO-PAYMENTS" FOR PILLS
GETS MILEAGE $$$ ON DOCTOR VISITS
Some would say Jim Wallace deserves a 100% disability rating from the Veterans Administration.
Others would agree the elderly man from Maine who fought the VA bureaucrats for many years and lost every time, should have been compensated for the cancer that has ravaged his once-strong body.
In fact, MilitaryCorruption.com interviewed a brave VA doctor, John Gooey, a top surgeon at the Boston veterans hospital, who dared write a letter on official stationary stating Wallace's throat cancer was specifically caused by "ionized radiation" and that the Pembroke, Maine man's illness should be counted as "service-connected."
When you have a VA doctor declaring that fact in writing, one would think it'd be a "slam-dunk" for approval of a disability pension. However, the long and shameful history of the government's position on compensating thousands of "guinea pigs" - GI's from 50 years ago who were exposed to high doses of deadly radiation - is that no money will be paid for that particular ailment.
A JOINT EFFORT TO WIN WALLACE JUSTICE
FROM THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
Wallace appealed to the usual suspects - politicians like local Congressman Mike Michaud - for help, but got nowhere. When MCC stepped in and tried to co-ordinate our efforts with various Michaud staffers we were shuffled around and got the brush off. Through incompetence or indifference - the result remained zero.
Enter Jim Bachelder, former Maine commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Working with his best staffer at VA Togus, and MCC blasting away at the hospital big shots with three stinging articles on two-million hits-a-month web site MilitaryCorruption.com - we were able to turn the tide in Wallace's favor.
The strategy of resubmitting his claim, this time for PTSD, enabled VA officials to "save face" and, even though they granted him a paltry 50% rating, instead of the 100% Wallace deserves, Togus could be happy that no precedent was broken in favor of paying compensation to the fast dying-off tribe of "atomic vets" - perhaps the most-abused and victimized group of American veterans still alive today.
EVIL WILL PREVAIL WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING
We urge our readers to look below at our "related stories box" and check out the previous three articles that stung the bureaucrats and embarrassed them into action. And let us not forget the other nameless, faceless veterans out there who have suffered the same discrimination Wallace did, but do not have a powerful web site on their side. God help them, each and every one.
"Thank God for MilitaryCorruption.com," Wallace said. "I never would have got this (pension) without your help."
That's partly true, but others deserve a bow as well. Curt Whitehouse, a Vietnam vet who deeply cares about his fellows veterans and despite his own disabilities, always tries to help others, was the one who first alerted MilitaryCorruption.com to the Wallace injustice. Whitehouse in Maine deserves and gets a "salute" from this soldier for his care and compassion for others.
Thanks also go out to the many people in Maine and elsewhere who prayed Jim Wallace would finally win. It's easy to get depressed and discouraged when the years go by and you make no progress going up against the bosses and bureaucrats.
But there are many good and kind people in the VA system, albeit not always in the top positions, who have quietly celebrated Wallace's "victory" as a win for themselves. There are those who have to remain unacknowledged for obvious reasons. To them, and courageous Dr. Gooey who put his job on the line, we will always remember you.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The best newspaper columnist in Maine, by far, is the inimitable Kent Ward of the Bangor DAILY NEWS. We want to thank our friend, the "old dawg," for his kind and generous words in a recent column on the Wallace case which appeared in the NEWS earlier this month.]