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  • i don’t know that would happen when I go to togus they know where I’m from and pay me at there scale of milage and pat at their rate ,They have never asked me anything about how far it is to and from home and togus,If you choose to ride the dav bus you don’t get travel pay

    • Anonymous

      My spouse used the day bus. I rode with him because he was disabled and unable to see. It was a nice outing. You got to see some small towns that you didn’t even know existed. They were small enough that if the fire truck went through town they figured it was a parade. lol

  • Anonymous

    Now if they would only shut down the fraudulent mileage reimbursement for methadone patients…

    • Anonymous

      If they would only shut down all reimbursement for methadone “patients”. That would be a good start.

  • Anonymous

    I’m grateful enough for the care I get at Togus that I don’t put in for mileage; I never have.

    • Anonymous

      Well said. Like you, I too am grateful and do not file mileage claims, and I live 287.86 (575.72 miles round trip) miles north of Togus. Although I don’t have to go that often, when I do it always involves RON.

      • Anonymous

        Good for you.  That’s a long way.

    • If you live a distance from Togus, you really should put in for travel. It’s a good program for veterans.

      • Anonymous

        I’m just 50 miles away and only go a few times a year, so it’s not a big deal for me.  The guy who’s the subject of this story, however, sounds like a real cheat.  Over $17,000 stolen in 3 years, and he lived in Chelsea, almost next door to Togus.  He could have walked.

  • jdtex

    Help me out here.  Are patients being paid for their travel, or are these VA employees?  If you are a patient, how much more FREE stuff do you need?

    • Anonymous

      Patients with service connected disabilities and some low income patients do get mileage allowance.  I’ve heard of 4 individuals who set up their appointments on the same day , carpool , split the cost of gas and drive away with a hefty profit on us. I’ve also heard of some who qualify for low income even though their partner ( live in ) has a good job . They don’t count the income of the unmarried partner to determine poverty. They do count the income if one is married thereby penalizing the married couple.

      • Anonymous

        But what about the majority of them that have put their life at risk for this country and some have been disabled for life?If they live far away then they should be allowed to get the reimbursement. The ones that “game” the system are in the headlines. There are always going to be a few that do this.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve heard of, does not make it true.

  • Anonymous

    Tilting at windmills Ambrose?  I do not findeven the smallest justice something to scoff at.  But somebody else….seems like the flimsiest escuse.

  • Anonymous

    When will a state put a corporations to death? Not ever. Corporations paid good money to become “people”. 

    • AmbroseBear

       
      I saw it on a bumper sticker and liked it. But, your right, MyNameIsTaken.  I hope not too right, though. That’ld make many people sad and depressed who are working hard to get “Overturn Citizens United” legislation passed to overturn the infamous Supreme Court ruling that money was not property, but free speech. 

      I suppose, then, one can not be charged for theft of money, since it is now “free speech” and not “property”? Go figure. Scalia is obviously a shill, stooge and mouthpiece for the big business, big oil, big insurance and military industrial complex profiteers … (i.e. Bechtel, Halliburton, GE, Boeing, Grumman, Northrup, Monsanto, AIG, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Koch brothers and …. Marx brothers.

  • Anonymous

    “receiving $17,725.37 in mileage reimbursement — $17,361.83 of which was unwarranted.”

  • It’s too bad that people take advantage of a program such as this. I bet there is a lot more of this going on then they let on. If your gutsie enough to steal from the government, you should lose you all your benefits. If the punishment were harder I bet less would do the crime. Just saying.

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