Lawsuit against VA claims systemic discrimination

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A new lawsuit accuses the Department of Veterans Affairs of discriminating against black veterans for decades.

The legal action was filed on behalf of Conley monk junior, a 74% former U.S. marine who was denied benefits for PTSD following his deployment to Vietnam.

Monk is among thousands of Black Veterans who were denied disability compensation between 2001 and 2020.

According to VA records, 37% of white veterans who applied for disability benefits received them, compared to just 30% for African Americans.

The department agrees that some Black veterans have historically been wrongly denied access to VA benefits because of racism.

A VA press secretary acknowledges that real efforts are underway to fight institutional racism, rather than to perpetuate it.

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