The Department of Veterans Affairs cautioned veterans week to be wary of organizations not affiliated with VA gathering veterans’ personal information and providing benefit and general services information.
Kevin Secor, VSO liaison for the office of the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said in a Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees advisory that an organization called Veterans Affairs Services is doing just this.
“VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal,” Secor said. “Our legal counsel has requested that we coordinate with the Department of Defense to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.”
In addition, the Office of General Counsel, VA, suggests if veterans have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, to pass that information on to staff attorney Michael Daugherty at this address:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20420