Misuse allegations in disabled veterans program

Posted at 1:15 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 15:45:10-04

5 On Your Side Investigators have uncovered hundreds of allegations of misuse in a program aimed at protecting disabled veterans.

A VA spokesperson said there were 1800 allegations of misuse involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Fiduciary Program during FY 2015.

A VA spokesperson told 5 On Your Side Investigators misuse was found in 390 of those cases. When misuse is uncovered, the cases are then referred to the VA’s Office of Inspector General for further investigation.

Fiduciaries found to have misused or mismanaged funds are barred from future service.

The VA appoints a fiduciary for disabled veterans who are no longer competent to manage their affairs.

A fiduciary is legally responsible for overseeing the veteran’s VA benefits, paying their bills, and balancing their budget.

The issues go beyond allegations of misuse.

You won't believe what we found when we tracked a trail of mismanaged money here in Northeast Ohio.

Thursday at 11 p.m., our Exclusive 5 On Your Side Investigation  “Breach of Trust” reveals the significant problems with a program that’s supposed to protect disabled veterans.