Free Consultation- 800-945-4950
Menu

‘Sesame Street’ scandal rocks Department of Veterans Affairs

Over the past several months, we have discussed some of the numerous scandals currently tied to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These scandals have focused primarily on delays in care that the nation’s veterans have experienced at various medical facilities run by the agency and delays in both initial claim and appeal-related decisions for veterans benefits. Unfortunately, a new scandal has erupted at the Department of Veterans Affairs and it is anything but amusing.

According to the New York Daily News, a slideshow presentation presented to agency employees last month depicts frustrated veterans as the “Sesame Street” character Oscar the Grouch. Oscar is a frustrated and cranky character who lives in a garbage can and enjoys being filthy, frustrated and isolated. The idea that the federal agency most directly tasked with serving our nation’s veterans feels it appropriate to depict them as cranky, filthy, isolationist characters is reprehensible.

The presentation is titled “What to Say to Oscar the Grouch - Dealing with Veterans During Town Hall Claims Clinics,” and consists of 18 pages of slides. As one can tell from the title of this presentation, the Oscar the Grouch reference was not one made carelessly or in passing. This reference set the tone of the entire presentation and the approach the agency is currently taking in regards to veterans who are invested enough in the process to show up and have their voices heard.

The only potentially positive outcome of this scandal is that it will hopefully inspire VA administrators to mandate educational and sensitivity training for employees so that the nation’s veterans are never again exposed to such ill treatment.

Source: New York Daily News, “Department of Veterans Affairs training guide depicts upset veterans as Oscar the Grouch: report,” Michael Sorrentino, Aug. 29, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
quote
  • "Thank you so much for your constant help on getting SSI disability for my girl. Without ya'll I wouldn't have gotten her the health and financial help. If there is anyth..." Jennifer B, Tennessee stars
  • "We got your letter that you were closing our case. We just wanted to thank you for all the help you have given our family. Thanks again." James B, Alabama stars
  • "I really appreciate the service I received. Everyone was exceptionally courteous. Thank you." Robin H, Tennessee stars
  • "My friend said you were the best and she was right. I see why she said she'd never use another attorney. Keep doing what you are doing. Thank you." Glenn B, Tennessee stars
Email Us For Response

Need A Free Consultation?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

We serve clients throughout the United States. We charge no fees in disability cases unless we recover benefits for you. To schedule your free consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer, call 800-945-4950 or contact us by email.

Chattanooga, TN Dale Buchanan & Associates
1206 Pointe Centre Drive
Suite 110
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Map & Directions

Knoxville, TN Dale Buchanan & Associates
1111 Northshore Drive
Suite S-280
Knoxville, TN 37919

Map & Directions

Nashville, TN Dale Buchanan & Associates
1 Vantage Way
Suite 230
Nashville, TN 37228

Map & Directions

Jackson, TN
*Satellite Location
Jackson, TN 38305

Map & Directions

Manchester, TN
209 E. McLean St
Manchester, TN 37355

Map & Directions

Florence, AL
*Satellite Location
Florence, AL 35630

Map & Directions

Rome, GA
*Satellite Location
Rome, GA 30165

Map & Directions