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From: TERRY RICHARDS <vetsjustice@yahoo.com>
Sent: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:07 am
Subject: BOARD OF VETERANS APPEALS ATTORNEYS WHO DESTROY VETERANS RECORDS TO GET $30,000 BONUS GO TO PRISON...

In the August 28 – September 10, 2000 issue of the Stars and Stripes Newspaper, it was reported by David Eberhard, the Veterans Affairs Editor, that in 1994 and 1995 two Attorneys that worked for the BVA drew prison time for separately committing fraud by destroying Veterans’ records that were sent to them for review, rejecting the Veterans’ cases on the grounds that the records were missing…

Both Attorneys said on the record that they believed the quick denials would make them appear more productive and eligible for “bigger bonuses” pursuant to The Senior Executive Service Act, which appears as Title 5 U.S. Code, Section 3131. This Act provides for substantial cash awards of $30,000 per year, more or less, to all Federal Managers who demonstrate to the Government that they are “responsive to the policies, and goals of the Nation”…

Eberhart went on to say that “the lure of cash bonuses tied directly to the twin ‘goals’ of production and cost-efficiency can be tragic for America’s injured defenders. Yet the VA system has enjoyed insulation from meaningful outside scrutiny into its system ever since Congress enacted the 1933 ‘Economy Act, which effectively closed America’s U.S. district courts to Veterans. These same Veterans had already been denied the freedom to spend their own dollars to hire attorneys to protect their legal rights concerning VA claims”…

Eberthart’s report further stated that “while some would argue that it would be difficult to guess the true extent to which the bonus-drive VA has result in contempt for the law, there are powerful indicators,” such as “the repeated declarations by Chief Judge Nebeker of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Nebeker knows from experience that the VA holds itself to be above the law. No one a the VA want the goose that is laying the golden eggs to be examined too closely”…

Eberhart’s final statement in his report was that Lord Acton adequately described this bonus and VA-above-the-law reality in his maxim that “All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

SET FORTH BELOW, SEE MY MESSAGE TO STARS & STRIPES NEWSPAPER & THEIR RESPONSE...

Sincerely,
TERRY RICHARDS
Vietnam Era Veteran
Retired-Disabled
Veterans Rights Advocate
Main Website: www.VFVS.com/VeteransCorner.html
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 66202 - St. Petersburg, FL 33736-6202
TelePhone: 727-288-6129

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RE: David Eberhard's article Aug 28 t0 Sep 10, 2000

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:38 PM
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Dear Mr. Richards,

 As far as we are aware of, three public accessible libraries/organizations have our newspapers archived. All are on microfilm and/or bound volume and none have the content indexed.

Library of Congress.

They have our papers (ESS AND PSS) on microfilm and bound volume (depending on year and such). Unlike us, their microfilm is open for researchers.

http://www.loc.gov/index.html (main site)

http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/stars/ (this site is specific for the S&S. It covers our history (http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/stars/intro.html) and also has the entire WWI S&S scanned and searchable.).

Note on their history part: The National Tribune S&S (the US based and distributed paper) is no longer existent.

NY Public Library (also has our paper on microfilm)

http://www.nypl.org/

The Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, PA

http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/

The S&S Museum in Bloomfield, Missouri also has our microfilm and some bound volumes and they do accept research requests just like we do.

http://www.starsandstripesmuseumlibrary.org/index.php

 If they cannot help you, please feel free to contact us again.  I did do a search with the information you gave me also but came up empty.  Let us know if we can assist you further.

Best regards,

Jim Richards

You MUST include this e-mail with all future correspondence so that we are better able to keep track of your original request.

Jim Richards

Library/Archives

European-Pacific Stars and Stripes

529 14th St. NW - Suite 350

Washington, DC 20045

Phone: 202-761-0867

Fax: 202-761-0890

E-mail: richardsj@stripes.osd.mil

Download our paper free, daily at http://www.estripes.osd.mil/

From: TERRY RICHARDS [mailto:vetsjustice@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 12:46 PM
To: Information
Subject: David Eberhard's article Aug 28 t0 Sep 10, 2000

Can you verify that this article was actually written?  If not, where else may I verify it?

 

In the August 28 – September 10, 2000 issue of the Stars and Stripes Newspaper, it was reported by David Eberhard, the Veterans Affairs Editor, that in 1994 and 1995 two Attorneys that worked for the BVA drew prison time for separately committing fraud by destroying Veterans’ records that were sent to them for review, rejecting the Veterans’ cases on the grounds that the records were missing…  Both Attorneys said on the record that they believed the quick denials would make them appear more productive and eligible for “bigger bonuses” pursuant to The Senior Executive Service Act, which appears as Title 5 U.S. Code, Section 3131.  This Act provides for substantial cash awards of $30,000 per year, more or less, to all Federal Managers who demonstrate to the Government that they are “responsive to the policies, and goals of the Nation”…

 

Eberhart went on to say that “the lure of cash bonuses tied directly to the twin ‘goals’ of production and cost-efficiency can be tragic for America’s injured defenders.  Yet the VA system has enjoyed insulation from meaningful outside scrutiny into its system ever since Congress enacted the 1933 ‘Economy Act, which effectively closed America’s U.S. district courts to Veterans.  These same Veterans had already been denied the freedom to spend their own dollars to hire attorneys to protect their legal rights concerning VA claims”…

 

Eberthart’s report further stated that “while some would argue that it would be difficult to guess the true extent to which the bonus-drive VA has result in contempt for the law, there are powerful indicators,” such as “the repeated declarations by Chief Judge Nebeker of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  Nebeker knows from experience that the VA holds itself to be above the law.  No one a the VA want the goose that is laying the golden eggs to be examined too closely”…

 

Eberhart’s final statement in his report was that Lord Acton adequately described this bonus and VA-above-the-law reality in

Sincerely,
TERRY RICHARDS
Vietnam Era Veteran
Retired-Disabled
Veterans Rights Advocate

Main Website: www.VFVS.com/VeteransCorner.html
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 66202 - St. Petersburg, FL 33736-6202
TelePhone: 727-288-6129