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But at the same time that the program across the country was growing as a whole, some VAs were dumping caregivers in huge numbers and that VA is sort of infamous for being erratic from place to place. While this program was growing, Fayetteville which is where Jim and Alishia Graham go had dropped hundreds of caregivers from the program canada goose uk outlet over canadian goose jacket that same period of time.
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LAWRENCE: Twelve days later, they suspended their revocations, meaning that they Canada Goose Outlet aren’t going to kick anybody else off. And they suspended it for three weeks. And then they extended that another six weeks. I haven’t been able to get them to respond to my request for clarification about what exactly they’re evaluating during this time. And the key thing also is that their review doesn’t seem to be helping people who were, you know, perhaps unfairly kicked off like Alishia Graham and her husband Jim.
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official canada goose outlet LAWRENCE: Right. I mean, there’s an appeals process that they can go through if they think they’ve been unfairly kicked off. But as far as I can tell from the VA, they aren’t looking at people in the past who’ve been kicked off. They’re just evaluating them for the future. official canada goose outlet
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