Good evening, everyone. I wanted to drop in real quick.
I’m taking a few moments for myself this night watching “Wedding Crashers” with my husband. (For anyone who doesn’t know me personally, I’m probably the worst person to sit down and watch a tv show or at home movie with because I am constantly getting up to grab food, check my email, attend to my kids…anything.)
I came across an article this morning that I feel needs more recognition. In the past, I’ve talked about my frustration with veteran entitlement and usually my sentiments focus on people who think because they served, they are owed preferential treatment every day moving forward, but this issue is a bit more elevated. In this situation, what the veteran has done is deplorable.
The article I saw this morning, shared on Military Times, discussed how former Master Sergeant Mack Cole Jr. pretended he couldn’t walk to obtain more healthcare benefits. Ugh. Seriously?! I don’t think the 27 month prison sentence is enough punishment for this sort of behavior.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have wanted disability compensation for a back injury but to exacerbate it to the extent he pretended he couldn’t walk is an insult to all our veterans who have lost the ability to walk on their own two legs. I don’t know what that pain looks like and for individuals who cope with paralysis or the loss of one or both lower limbs, I cannot imagine the anger some might feel looking at this guy.
His descent into healthcare fraud is a part of why it’s so challenging for veterans to go through the disability claims process. When we go in to honestly talk to the claims examiners, we have people like this tainting the visibility and integrity of our community. People like this guy might be the only veteran others encounter and their misconduct leaves such a terrible impression.
Remember he is part of the minority, not the majority of our population.