A retired Marine is looking for an attorney. Robert Rose, the Tennessee Marine who has been fight a one-man battle against the V.A. Medical System over the denial of pain medication for vets, wants to start a class action suit.
Rose—reached by telephone on Saturday night—said he’s not only hoping to seek remedies for living vets who have been denied care but also for those who have committed suicide.
While it’s not known how many veterans have taken their lives due to the reduction in pain medication, the Department of Veteran Affairs noted last year that the overall veteran suicide rate is twice the normal rate.
In June, Rose filed an SF 95-form with the office of Inspector General. Rose’s previous suit was dismissed because he hadn’t gone through the correct due process, which includes filing an SF-95 form. The Inspector General’s office has six months to decide how to react to Rose’s claim that the opioid guidelines violate the 5th Amendment rights of veterans.
He expects in December they will either deny his claim—which means he’ll be able to sue—or will ignore it which will start another six months before legal action can be taken.
Rose said, “This has to be a class action suit so that every veteran who has been denied care can get relief. It’s not about me, it’s about us.”
Rose, who is caring for his ailing wife, has drawn the attention of U.S. Senator Marcia Blackburn. She wants nothing to do with him and sent him a registered letter this summer that said she would neither meet with him nor speak with him on the phone.
Rose hasn’t been able to identify an attorney to handle the class action suit he wants to file.
We’ve been following his battle with the V.A. and the federal government since 2017. Here’s one of our early stories with Rose.
Rose, over our suggestion not to, asked that we publish his phone number if an attorney wants to reach him. Rose can be reached on Twitter @RobertDRoseJr1 and his phone number is 423-794-8241.