My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Virginia
I am a disabled veteran. About a year ago I got into a little scuffle with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Long story short, my problem actually made it on to Fox News:
At the time of the story, I had an active claim against the VA that resulted in a moderate back-pay. I took the money and started a 501(c)3. The non-profit's mission is to reach out to homeless veterans in an attempt to help them access their earned medical, dental, and pension benefits.
It would seem the VA is not very appreciative of my efforts to help homeless veterans. There may also be repercussions from the Fox News story, but here is the end result: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/08...w-is-harassed/
Shortly after the above story broke, I found it impossible to get medical treatment for my various combat-related health problems. I was, however, able to document this medical malpractice quite easily. So, six months ago I filed a Federal Tort Claims Act suit against the VA Medical Center. The case is proceeding rather well, with a fully supportive Independent Medical Evaluation.
Something I have begun to notice is an inordinately high amount of individuals around me in my daily life that have VA Medical Center parking stickers on their vehicles. I know this because I am a volunteer at the VA Medical Center (remuneration, thus protected by EEOC). I have a VA parking sticker on my car as well. Also, the further my medical malpractice case against the VA advances, the more frantic and obvious the attention on me becomes.
Case in point, a few weeks ago, my wife and I stopped by the local Burger King to grab something to eat. We ordered, and stepped to the left to await our food. An individual walked into the Burger King and promptly began a conversation with the girl behind the counter. The individual then openly stated that he was an informant for the Department of Veterans Affairs Police. I recorded the entire incident on hidden camera.
To clarify before anyone asks, yes, the VA Police are fully authorized the use of confidential informants under 38 C.F.R. § 1.496, and VA Police can operate both on and off VA property under 38 U.S.C. § 902. The VA Police also have a rather colorful reputation for dirty tricks and retaliation.
On top of all the above, there are also irrefutable and documented incidences of civil rights abuses against me, and they have been filed and carried forward by the VA Office of Resolution Management, but they now appear to have stalled with no real resolution.
I have attempted to deal with this problem by using the VA chain of command. I filed my grievances six months ago (as of the 17th of this month, May 2011), Last week I requested an update of status, requesting any partial or incomplete evidence. The VA responded by sending me two utterly irrelevant letters from last year on a totally unconnected issue.
At this point I will consider filing an actual lawsuit against the VA. Does anyone have any experience in this area? Thank you in advance.