The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation (Committee) will meet on December 5 and 6, 2017. The Committee will meet at 1722 Eye Street NW., Washington, DC 20006, in the third-floor training complex. The sessions are open to the public and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. EST each day.
The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The Committee is to assemble and review information relating to the nature and character of disabilities arising during service in the Armed Forces, provide an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the rating schedule, and give advice on the most appropriate means of responding to the needs of Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
The Committee will receive briefings on issues related to compensation for Veterans and on other VA benefits programs. The Committee will allocate time for receiving public comments, which are limited to three minutes each. Individuals wishing to make oral statements before the Committee will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals who speak are invited to submit one-to-two page summaries of their comments at the time of the meeting for inclusion in the official meeting record.
The public may submit written statements for the Committee’s review to Stacy Boyd, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Compensation Service, Policy Staff (211A), 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, or via email Stacy[dot]Boyd[at]va[dot]gov.
See my previous post, Does the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation Know What You Think?, for more information about the Committee and how you can offer them advice or suggestions.
UPDATE: I uploaded an 92-page WHITE PAPER, titled Psych C&P Exams are Unfair to Veterans, which I am sending to the Committee for their consideration. Here is an excerpt from the first page:
|unfair (adj.) – 1. unmerited, wrong; 2. biased, discriminatory; 3. unethical, dishonorable.i|
Psych C&P exams are unfair to veterans because:
1a) Many veterans receive unmerited disability compensation due to false positive C&P exam conclusions.
1b) Similarly, many veterans do not receive disability compensation, which they merit, due to false negative (wrong) C&P exam conclusions.
2) Research indicates that a number of C&P examiners (psychologists and psychiatrists) harbor implicit discriminatory bias against African-American veterans (and perhaps other veterans of color) leading to significantly higher rates of false negative exam results for those vets, and significantly higher false positive rates for White veterans.
3) In addition to failing to examine themselves for possible racial biases, many C&P examiners engage in possibly unethical behavior by failing to conduct comprehensive, evidence-based psychological assessments for PTSD and other mental disorders, consistent with well-established professional guidelines and standards.
4) These long-ignored problems have created a VA disability benefits program that dishonors veterans by awarding compensation to veterans who do not merit the benefits, and by denying compensation to veterans who most certainly do merit the assistance they need and have earned.
i. Cᴏʟʟɪɴs Tʜᴇsᴀᴜʀᴜs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Eɴɢʟɪsʜ Lᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇ – Cᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇ ᴀɴᴅ Uɴᴀʙʀɪᴅɢᴇᴅ (2nd ed., 2002), http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unfair