Nope, they keep ignoring them afterward. As a result, the LA County Morgue has dozens of dead vets in its drawers, who have no families to take care of them, but have depended on volunteers for their last services, and the VA for their cemetery plots and headstones.
Guess who hasn’t been holding up their end of the log? The morgue wrote to the VA, according to CBS:
[T]here are about 60 decedents of probable veteran status that have awaited disposition for about a year as a result of a personnel change in the Veterans Affairs office and stringent identification/eligibility processes required by the VA.
The VA deployed one of its army of six-figure-plus-pay, plus-lavish-benefits, PR dollies to ask the public and the morgue, “Who are you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?”
Cindy Van Bibber, a VA spokesperson said, “There’s personnel changes every day but that certainly doesn’t take away from the service that we provide any veteran.”
She says “at no point” did the City Morgue contact the VA and tell them about the bodies piling up there.
“We definitely weren’t contacted or we would have had a service for the veteran,” she added.
Van Bibber said the process to get a proper burial should take about three days, not a year and a half.
It should, shouldn’t it? There’s something on which we can agree with PA Dolly, Cindy Van Fibber. But funny thing, it has taken a year and a half. Or more. And 28 of the 60 abandoned vets were still in the drawers at press time. And the letter to the VA is in the LA County Morgue files, even if the VA’s crackerjack paper pushers can’t find their copy.
It was a brave attempt at, “These are not the stiffs you are looking for,” but The Force is pretty feeble with this particular payroll patriot.
Is it firing time yet?