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  1. Exclamation Warning - Veterns Commission Survey

    Subject: VA Watchdog dot Org - VA NEWS FLASH - 12-01-06 #1

    http://www.vawatchd og.org/nfDEC06/ nf120106- 1.htm

    VETS' COMMISSION SURVEY: WHY ARE THEY ASKING ALL OF THESE

    PERSONAL QUESTIONS? -- The Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission

    survey is supposed to quiz vets about "VA views and experiences. "

    However, it appears to be more of a probe for personal

    information. VA Watchdog now advises all veterans NOT to co-operate with
    this survey.

    The Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC) is conducting a
    nationwide poll of disabled veterans and surviving spouses.

    Background on the survey here...
    http://www.vawatchd og.org/nfNOV06/ nf111806- 1.htm

    Documents being sent to veterans here...
    http://www.vawatchd og.org/nfNOV06/ nf112106- 3.htm

    Initially, I felt that this survey would not delve into extremely personal
    information. I was wrong!

    I have received feedback from a regular VA Watchdog reader who took the
    survey.

    Now, I must advise all veterans NOT to take part in this survey.

    There is no reason for the VDBC to be probing veterans for highly-personal
    information.

    It should be noted that the VDBC says the survey will take 30 minutes. The
    reader who forwarded the survey information tells me it took over 80
    minutes, the surveyor had a difficult time reading the questions and
    entering the responses. This can only lead to errors in the information
    gathered.

    Again, do NOT take part in this survey. The VDBC should not be data-mining
    veterans!

    And, we have no verifiable guarantees about how this information might be
    used in the future.

    Also, this survey is being conducted by a third-party contractor, ORC Macro.
    This company advertises itself with this statement: "We are recognized as
    one of the top companies providing research to the Federal Government."
    Information on ORC Macro here...
    http://www.orcmacro .com/06_MobisBro chure.pdf

    You will notice some of the services ORC Macro provides to the Federal
    Government: Data Mining, Behavioral Interviewing, Cognitive Interviewing
    Techniques, Disease Registries, Emotional Intelligence, Income Verification,
    Knowledge Acquisition and Record Matching.

    Not a company I'd be letting get into my personal and medical information!

    Below are excerpts from the email I received from the veteran who took the
    survey.

    I, most certainly, would not answer these questions!

    ------------ ---

    "The questions were tricky ones, they repeated the questions in a different
    way to see if you were telling the truth."

    "They kept asking me about my disabilities and work."

    "They also asked me about my volunteer work."

    "Can I work without the VA pension? was one question."

    "If I did not have the VA would I look for work?"

    "How badly am I hurting right now? Can I at least vacuum as a daily chore.
    Can I take care of my yard? Can I do yard work?"

    "Do I get along with my family? Do I get along with my spouse? No questions
    about my relationship with my son."

    "How injured was I?"

    "They wanted to know what I can do as far as my injuries related to the
    service. Asked about was there a difference between when I left for the
    service and when I got home? How I was treated?"

    "They asked about my hearing."

    "They were interested in last week's activities. They asked if I have
    hobbies but not what kind."

    "They asked who told you you cannot work? I said doctors and they wanted to
    know which doctors as far as VA and regular doctors."

    "How do I feel about working? Would I ever want to work again? Could you
    ever work again?"

    "They did ask if I was getting enough compensation for my injuries."

    "They asked me about when I have energy, what do I do? Also where do I
    sleep? And where do I sleep the most?"
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Rocky
    173rd Airborne Brigade (Sep)
    Charlie Co. 75th Rangers
    CMDR CVMA MI 35
    USP Motorcycle Assn. (USPMA)
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Missing In America Project (PGR)

  2. #2
    Agreed Rocky these questions are not only very probing but appear very unnecessary too.

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    It's called, "Let's screw over the guys who got screwed over over there!!".
    IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW, KNOW THAT WE BROTHERS IN ARMS WILL NOT GO INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN ALONE.

  4. #4
    Thanks for the heads up.

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