Nearly One-Third Of 847,000 Vets With Pending Applications For VA Health Care Already Died

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald (L) following a briefing on US military veterans healthcare at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 13, 2015. The government announced a new advisory committee of private sector, non-profit and government leaders to improve the VA's ability to improve care for veterans from the Phoenix VA that was at the center of scandal last year regarding the health care of US military veterans. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)WASHINGTON — More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans with pending applications for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.

Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower on the VA’s failings, provided HuffPost with an April 2015 report titled “Analysis of Death Services,” which reviews the accuracy of the VA’s veteran death records. The report was conducted by staffers in the VA Health Eligibility Center and the VA Office of Analytics.

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