Investigators ask VA to stop conducting costly, ‘unwarranted’ examinations

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa Bay area attorney has witnessed the impact of “unwarranted reexaminations” revealed by a VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation.

Reexaminations are ordered after initial exams in some U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims cases. According to an OIG report, the second follow-up exams were often “unwarranted” and costly to taxpayers.

Meet Bill Sterbinsky: USMC Veteran and Founder of SRQ Vets

USMC Veteran, William Anthony (Bill Sterbinsky) of SRQ Vets is the real deal. He's a doer, not a talker. Bill talks a little bit about where he came from.

SRQ Vets Hosting Memorial Day Weekend Hike Over Ringling Bridge

VA drops ball on VA MISSION Act education mandate, CVAF picks it up

ARLINGTON, Va.— On the heels of the fifth anniversary of the VA MISSION Act being signed into law, Concerned Veterans for America Foundation (CVAF) resurrected information contained in a website shut down by the VA that explains veterans’ community care options.

Are federal investigation findings why Tampa Bay area veterans’ claims are delayed and denied?

January 13, 2023
A retired combat Marine who now represents veterans fighting for VA benefits called the results revealed in a federal investigation into the agency’s claims process “atrocious.” As Operation Iraqi Freedom exploded 7,000 miles from Florida, Sarasota’s Bill Sterbinsky enlisted with the Marines after the 9/11 attacks, and he fought in Iraq from 2006 to 2007.

"It's not about the day off", veterans hold Memorial Hike to honor fallen heroes

May 28th, 2022
“We want to make sure that them up there see us living down here,” said Bill Sterbinsky, co-founder of SRQ Vets.

“We don’t treat it like a depressing day. We treat it like how they would want us to treat it. That’s the reason that people give their lives is so the rest of us can continue forward," said Eddie Dorman, Commander of Post 3233.

Suncoast remembers and honors fallen heroes during Memorial Day events

May 29th, 2021
There are many different events here on the Suncoast honoring our veterans this Memorial Day weekend. One of those events taking place was at Sarasota National Cemetery, the other taking place around the downtown Sarasota area.

Burn pit exposure qualifies veterans for health care under new bill

April 27th, 2021
U.S. Marine veteran Bill Sterbinsky was exposed to burn piles, where waste is disposed of, daily during his time in Iraq from 2006-2007. While he hasn’t experienced any symptoms, he signed up on the burn pit registry and has lost comrades to illnesses believed to be from burn pit exposure.

Our Precious Freedoms: Bill Sterbinsky

June 21, 2019
“I remember … seeing people jumping around and saying things and yelling. And I remember walking into a small dressing room, and this itty-bitty TV was on, and the [twin] towers were up there. One was burning, and we saw the second bird hit the second building.

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