Department of Veterans Affairs fixes compensation snafu after 10 News Investigators stories

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- After a series of 10 News investigations pointing out costly typos on veterans' compensation documents -- and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' failure to fix them -- the VA has sent out an accurate version of an important form for the first time in five years.

Congressman Bill Young, R-Seminole, sent a series of letters to Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, after the 10 News Investigators identified inaccurate reimbursement rates on veterans' pension forms back in in April 2011.

Congress mandated a higher mileage reimbursement rate in 2008, but the VA sent out hundreds of thousands - possibly millions - of inaccurate medical reimbursement forms to pension-eligible veterans and family members.

Shinseki, who is also a member of the Cabinet, admitted the form "should have been updated years ago" and in 2011, promised a fix.  Later in 2011, the forms were finally updated online, but in January 2012, the 10 News Investigators reported inaccurate forms were once again mailed out to veterans all over the country.

Now, the new 21P-8416 form finally reflects the Congressional-mandated reimbursement rate of 41.5 cents per mile.  It also has new considerations for Medicare Part B & D and private insurance, to better-explain reimbursement to veterans and their family members.

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