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U.S. Navy vet asks for education benefits regrets working for IRS Special

By Ernest Dempsey     May 9, 2014 in World
A U.S. Navy vet says working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was his biggest mistake as he has been damaged for life by the institution.
Recently, former IRS official Lois Lerner held in contempt by the House of Representatives made headlines in all major media outlets and sparked many a blog. But selective targeting of conservative groups isn’t the only charge against the IRS. One U.S. Navy veteran says he is struggling with moving his life forward after making the big mistake of working at the IRS.
Michael Collins-Frias, of California, is currently running a petition on Care2, titled ALL Veterans Deserve Education Benefits, in which he is calling on fellow Americans to stand with him in asking for education benefits for disabled veterans. The petition page tells that Collins served in U.S. Navy for eight years and now remains jobless while also denied education benefits because he wasn’t one of the vets who listed after 2001.
In his correspondence with this scribe, Collins told that he retired U.S. Navy with 100 percent disability but no pension.
He says that he then worked for the IRS for more than 11 months and that is where he fell into trouble when they learnt about his disability and immediately fired him for incompetence. According to Collins, an IRS official told him not to enter the federal building or be ready to get arrested. His life’s real challenge then started for he got no accommodation, no assistance, no reassignment.
The disabled veteran has since then applied for hundreds of jobs and failed to secure any one of those; and he says the reason obviously is “the black mark” placed upon him by the IRS on his personnel file. It continues to haunt him as he struggles to finish his MBA degree.
“I asked for a college fee waiver and was denied,” says Collins. “I asked what options were available; nothing is available due to the black mark placed upon me by the IRS on my personnel file. This was my penance for applying for my dream job.”
Collins holds a Bachelor in Business Administration Accountancy from National University, and needs to complete his final four courses to earn his MBA. However, his financial situation wouldn’t allow completing his education – the reason he has turned to the American people to support his cause of education benefits for all veterans with disability.
“This is not about me,” Collins says about his petition. “It needs to be about disabled veterans who want to improve their lives.”
To date, Collins’ petition on Care2 has received well over 15,000 signatures and it is short of only a few hundred more signatures to reach its target of 16,000 names.
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