The Military Times reports that the "Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices have been ordered to immediately stop shredding documents" after an investigation found some benefits claims and supporting documents — such as certificates for births, deaths and marriage — among piles of papers waiting to be destroyed. VFW National Commander Glen Gardner said the problem could be significant:
"The question that begs to be asked and answered is how many veterans had their disability and compensation claims disappear down a paper shredder?"
Among the records found waiting to be shredded were applications for disability compensation, education benefits, home loans and pensions for low-income veterans, officials said.
I wonder if that's what happened to Jeremy Hinzman's application for conscientious objector status? He applied while he was in Afghanistan, but the military "lost" the application.