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Trouble for the Department of Veterans Affairs which is already under fire for allegedly mismanaging disability benefits with a staggering 600000.
Claims currently back lot.
Now accusations of retaliation by the department.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has details.
There are new calls for veterans affairs secretary Eric consecutive step aside this time the accusation is that since Becky has retaliated against -- -- independent group.
Tasked with investigating gulf war illness a multi symptom condition.
Veterans say stems from exposure during the first gulf war.
To toxic chemicals in Iraq including burn -- oil fires and anti nerve agent pills provided by the military.
Veterans advocates stations -- he was angered by 2012.
Vote of no confidence.
By the research advisory committee of gulf war veterans illnesses.
The group said it had quote.
No confidence in the ability or demonstrated intention of VA staff to formulate and execute an effective VA gulf war illness research program.
Last month -- -- -- he signed a directive that will slash the group's budget and limit the board's independence from the VA.
A -- veterans' advocates say is designed to -- gulf war illness.
Under the rug and unfortunately.
-- secretary were confronted would the these recommendations are parts of the B investigated.
May have opted to shoot the messenger.
Longer troubled by.
That are purported to have been made.
The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement strongly denying any wrongdoing and says it has -- -- nine new diseases.
Associated with gulf war illness since 2010.
Quote funding for gulf war research has increased from five point six million dollars in 2011.
To six point seven million dollars in 2012.
To an estimated seven point three million dollars in 2013.
But a former VA research doctor turned whistle blower told congress in March the VA was manipulating scientific evidence to suggest.
Gulf war illness was psychological.
Despite evidence to the contrary the whistle blower accused the -- of not wanting to honor these claims Shannon.
Jennifer thank you.
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