To the untrained eye, he might have looked like a decorated war hero.
But it didn’t take long for two Marines to decide there was something off about the uniformed man outside the military funeral, who wore medals as prestigious as the Silver Star. And when they started asking questions, they became even more convinced: The guy was a fraud — a fake soldier.
Beginning Tuesday, veterans filing or appealing claims must use standardized forms, a controversial move that the VA says will streamline the process, but some advocates say it will cost tens of thousands of veterans their benefits.
A Philadelphia VA office kept veterans waiting for months to get answers to questions, paid millions in duplicative benefits and housed some employees in a vermin-infested warehouse, according to a federal report.