1,200 veterans wrongly told they got fatal disease???
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – At least 1,200 veterans across the country have been mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological disease.
One of the leaders of a Gulf War veterans group says panicked veterans from Alabama, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming have contacted the group about the error.
Denise Nichols, the vice president of the National Gulf War Resource Center, says the VA is blaming a coding error for the mistake.
Letters dated Aug. 12 were intended to notify veterans who have Lou Gehrig's disease of disability benefits available to them.
Calls to the VA were not immediately returned Monday.
Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, is a rapidly progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.
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I don't want my medical records available to anyone who works for or can tap into a government database. The chances of lost records, deleted records, or incorrectly cross-referenced records is scary when you look at it in a grand scale. God forbid you have a common name and someone screws up and next thing you know your records show you have syphilis and testicular cancer.
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