More than 600 veterans at Tomah VA will have their disability claims reexamined

More than 600 veterans are eligible to have their disability claims reexamined after VA officials identified problems with a former doctor’s work at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs first announced in April that the Tomah VA was reaching out to veterans who had received Neurology Compensation and Pension, or C&P, exams by former VA neurologist Dr. Mary Jo Lanska. The exam is an administrative review to determine whether an injury or condition is related to a veteran’s military service, and the outcome can affect the person’s disability benefits.

Minneapolis-based TV station KARE11 started reporting in 2022 that veterans seen by Lanska had their care and benefits improperly reduced. The VA said in April an initial review of exams performed by Lanska “determined some of those examinations were considered incomplete.” The neurologist was fired by the VA in May.