The then General Counsel with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mary Lou Keener, was held responsible for denying appeals made by the disabled American veterans for authoring the VAOPGCPREC 7-93 and VAOPGCPREC 27-97. These written documents state that according to Section 505 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvements Act, veterans who did not serve ‘on’ Vietnam land basically is subjected to less benefits than those who served inland from the period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, and also from the period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975. In the statement made by the disabled American veterans opposing VAOPGCPREC 7-93, they referred to her denial to a medical appeal by the naval veterans simply because herbicide agents containing dioxin, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) were only acquired by military veterans on land when studies showed that naval troops had a higher risk of NHL than that of the military troops.
The disabled American veterans also opposed the VAOPGCPREC 27-97 for denying a veteran’s eligibility for improved pension. The problem was that Mary Lou Keener was confusing presumptive herbicide exposure with wartime service for pension therefore denying the veteran his eligibility for improved pension. Mary Lou Keener is constantly referring to Legislative History and Congress Intent resulting in the numerous denials for AO claims from the U.S. Navy. In theory, Mary Lou Keener was presumed to abusing power as to keep her husband, Hershel W. Gober as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. She was supposedly saving money in the Veterans Affairs budget, which was the reason for many denials for AO claims to veterans of the U.S. Navy. Mary Lou Keener was abusing her autonomous right in lieu of her husband. She was not only refusing medical services to veterans but she was also refusing their appeal for improved pensions due to medical conditions acquired from the time of service. Obviously, Mary Lou Keener’s moral integrity comes in question, taking in the fact that she also served as a nurse in the naval service and her father was a World War II navy veteran. If legally we would refer to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, thee health benefits have a lot of catch to it as proven by the Mary Lou Keener case. The government itself violates its own laws by looking for an escape hole. Through the Mary Lou Keener case we can also see how corrupt the government can be in the sense that Mary Lou Keener’s mother got Dependent Indemnity Compensation while her husband, Hershel W. Gober was again the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs. If the selected cancer study was continued then maybe Mary Lou Keener wouldn’t have been able to issue the VAOPGCPREC 7-93 and VAOPGCPREC 27-97, as recent studies show that NHL was more likely to be acquired by naval troops in the service from the period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, and also from the period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975.
Through this study we may determine the process of the government through actions made by the General Counsel of Veterans Affairs, which is undoubtedly unfair. First, the government should be specific in including all veterans, naval and military, who served in the Republic of Vietnam. Second, the government should be aware that all those appointed in the Department of Veterans Affairs are unbiased. Third, the government should be constantly renewing and issuing bills for the benefit of those who served in the Republic of Vietnam.
Overall, Mary Lou Keener had abused government power in the sense that she had issued the VAOPGCPREC 7-93 and VAOPGCPREC 27-97, which only condemned rights of veterans in the U.S. Navy.