Mar 15 2019

Capella University Lawsuit

Capella is not the only one doing this, but they are the latest to get slapped with a lawsuit from students standing up to this bait-and-switch style degree fee. It is alleged that Capella University lied about time and the cost of advanced degrees. Basically they tell you it will be 3 years for your doctorate or PhD. Even if they tell students it will be approximately 3 years, most will get well over that estimate. Each extra term costs the student somewhere between $4200 and $5000 depending on the discount given.

The doctorate degree will require a dissertation and that is the grey area used to keep extending the students time. The student will write chapters 1 through 3 and get a final approval from their mentor and 2 other instructors just to have it shot down over and over again in the Scientific Merit Review (SMR). One would think that after several iterations and approval by 3 Capella staff who have terminal degrees, the paper would make it swiftly through SMR. This is usually not the case. Then the Instrument Review Board (IRB) can be very painful according to some students. Capella uses an antiquated system for IRB review and will often send the paper back for very minor issues (box not checked or typo). These items could quickly be fixed by just calling the student, but the school makes more money if it is kicked back. Once kicked back, it could take another week or more of the students time. This can happen more than once.

Here is the write up from another site:

The Capella University Lawsuits

Capella University has been hit by numerous lawsuits in recent years, which opens the school up to claims from people attempting to discharge their loans via the Borrower’s Defense to Repayment Program.

The lawsuits make Capella uniquely eligible for BDAR Discharges because they include accusations that the school violated Federal laws and committed fraud against potential students, which is exactly what the Federal Government is required to receive a Borrower’s Defense Discharge.

None of the lawsuits are good news for Capella, but the worst is probably the one brought against them by a police pension fund that claimed Capella used “abusive and fraudulent recruiting and financial aid lending practices” in order to increase both their revenue and the price of their stock.

However, the police union isn’t the only group going after the school in court, as other former students have claimed that Capella strung them along regarding the quality of their PhD work not because it was bad work, but in order to keep their tuition money flowing for as long as possible.

And keep in mind that this is just a very small sample of the legal troubles Capella University has found itself embroiled in. If you do a quick Google search, you might find that Capella University and the word “lawsuit” go hand in hand.



Nov 1 2017

Do Veterans Receive Hiring Preference for SES Positions?

The short answer, according to OPM, is “No. The reason is that 5 USC 2108(3) which defines the term “preference eligible” provides that this term does not include applicants for, or members of, the Senior Executive Service.”

There is a problem with this and it doesn’t appear to have been addressed by anyone.  The 5 USC 2108 was last revised in 1952, approximately 20 years before the Senior Executive Service (SES) was carved out of the GS pay scale system (it used to go to GS16, GS17, etc.).  In other words, it was meant to apply to the entire pay scale.  By separating the top end of the pay scale out and giving it a new name, the government has effectively rendered veterans preference null and void. This should be challenged by someone to bring the spotlight on it.


Oct 2 2015

Camp LeJeune Water Contamination

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.
Learn about research on past chemical contamination.

Health benefits and eligibility
You may be eligible for VA health benefits if you served on active duty (Veterans) or resided (family members) at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987:

Veterans who are determined to be eligible will be able to receive VA health care. In addition, care for qualifying health conditions is provided at no cost to the Veteran (including copayments).

Eligible family members receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred from the treatment of qualifying health conditions after all other health insurance is applied.

Qualifying health conditions include:

Esophageal cancer

Breast cancer

Kidney cancer

Multiple myeloma

Renal toxicity

Female infertility

Scleroderma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Lung cancer

Bladder cancer

Leukemia

Myelodysplastic syndromes

Hepatic steatosis

Miscarriage

Neurobehavioral effects

A Camp Lejeune Veteran does not need to have one of the 15 health conditions to be eligible to receive VA health care, nor do they need a service connected disability to be eligible as a Camp Lejeune Veteran for VA health care.

Veteran health care
If you’re already enrolled in VA health care, contact your local VA health care facility to receive care.

Not yet enrolled? Apply online or call 1-877-222-8387 for help. Inform VA staff that you served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during the covered time period.

Family member health care reimbursement. 

VA is reimbursing family members for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered conditions. We can only pay for treatment after you have received payment from all your other health plans.

Apply online for reimbursement or call 1-866-372-1144 for help.

VA will attempt to obtain all relevant evidence available for you within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Please note: VA will still review your application if you do not send evidence, but it may take longer to process while we confirm information with other agencies.

What type of evidence can I submit with my application?

Documentation showing dependent relationship to a Veteran who served at Camp Lejeune, such as marriage license or birth certificate

Documentation showing you lived on the base for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987, such as copies of orders or base housing records

You paid health care expenses for a covered condition respective to the following date ranges.

If you lived on Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 then you can be reimbursed for care that you received on or after August 6, 2012

If you lived on Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1956 then you can be reimbursed for care that you received on or after December 16, 2014

You will be able to continue to receive health care from your providers. VA won’t be providing you direct health care.

Don’t cancel your health insurance. This program only covers the 15 health conditions listed above. It doesn’t meet the minimum standard for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Camp Lejeune legislation
Read the law signed Aug. 6, 2012 (216 KB, PDF). VA published regulations for Veteran health care and interim final regulations for family member care Sept. 24, 2014. On December 14, 2014, the Camp Lejeune Law (1.47 MB, PDF) was amended in the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015” to extend the eligibility period back to August 1, 1953.

IOM released its report, Review of VA Clinical Guidance for the Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation, March 11, 2015. VA has assembled a group of clinical and other subject matter experts to review and revise the clinical guidelines.

Compensation benefits
The Aug. 6, 2012 law applies to health care, not disability compensation. A Veterans acceptance into the Camp Lejeune Healthcare Program does not necessarily qualify a Veteran for a service connected disability, or any related compensation.

Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. 

– See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/#sthash.aOFV7m4D.dpuf

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/


Jan 28 2014

Anti-miltary Liberal Attempts To Justify Cutting Military Pensions

Military Retiree Cuts “No Big Deal” to this douche bag KorbCob

No need to read his propaganda, its just regurgitating any anti-military diatribe you have ever heard to justify screwing the one group of people we should avoid hurting at all costs.

Great Reply to the bullcrap though:

Hmm where do I start with a dumbass anti-military article like this.  First, the military, retiree or otherwise, should be the last thing these turds cut.  Cut their own retirement, the freebies for the illegals, or the kickbacks to the states.
This cutting the military BENEFITS that were EARNED absolutely breaks faith with the military.  Doesnt matter if only 20% retire, we all understand you dont screw people over for something they earned just because their numbers are small. If that were the case we could go ahead and cut further into their retirements using your logic.
Working age, again you say its ok to screw the guys that are working age because of the ass-hat assumption that this is somehow okay in your book.  Their age should have nothing to do with how congress (and folks like you justifying it) screw someone over.
I don’t know what pot smoke filled room you wrote this garbage in, but NOTHING was given to retirees over the last decade, what little they received its all EARNED.  The COLA you mention is crap, it always lags inflation and active duty.  Retirement erodes over the years because the COLAs approved suck.  An 0-5 that retires now will make much less than an 0-5 that retires 20 years later.  Tircare sucks, many doctors will not take it and many only can afford to take a few at the pitiful rates Tricare pays them.  Now the rates all went up to thanks to Husseincare. Retirements are taxed, both federal and in many cases state levels.  This further decays what small retirement is received.
You need to go back to clown school or come see me and Ill slap some reality into your anti-military ass.
No Big Deal
Ken Jones,
USMC-USAF


Feb 9 2013

How To Extend Shipping Entitlement For Military Retirement Move.

RETIREMENT SHIPPING EXTENSIONS

Extension

You must use your household goods move within one year of retirement or try for an extension.  Extension are not guaranteed and are governed by Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR).  Pertinent JFTR portions are attached as part of this article.  If you need the latest JFTR then search for it on Google. The image above is also link to the latest JFTR I could find.

They can only give a one year extension at a time, then you would have to ask again in 11 months.  I assumed this is so, if you forget about it, you will lose it and they don’t have to worry about you any more.  Your thousands of dollars go back in the pot for use elsewhere.  I recommend you set a few reminders in your smart phone or something similar so you don’t lose this benefit.

You can get up to 5 extensions.  This is the time limit to use the funds from the particular “pot” of money from which your move was to be paid.  For an appeal beyond 5 years, see the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHO) for the address to write for you appeal.  Use certified mail or they will ignore your letter and pretend they never received it.

For the first 5 extensions, your letter should contain at least the following:

Name:

Rank:

SSN:

Mailing Address:

Phone #s:

E-mail Address:

Reason for Request for Extension (IAW the JFTR – please see below or attached)

Copy of Retirement Orders******Not the DD214******

Signature:

I have attached my friends extension request.  His was approved (USAF) for job searching.  Extension Request.  I stripped out some of the required information listed above so make sure yours includes that.

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May 31 2011

Disabledveterans.org and Vetset

 

http://www.disabledveterans.org/

 

http://www.thevetset.org/