Almost three years after the wait list scandal broke at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VA is STILL failing our veterans – and almost no one has been held accountable.
That is because it’s nearly impossible to fire a bad VA employee!
Congress is working to change that insanity and our Veterans desperately need our support to get this accomplished! Our veterans deserve better from the nation they have served.
Thanks to courageous whistle-blowers in Phoenix and a fed-up House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, the world was exposed to rampant VA dysfunction and corruption. Dozens of veterans had died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA.
This was, unfortunately, just the tip of the iceberg. Across the country, VA officials had manipulated lists to hide real health-care wait times. Thousands had met the same fate: waiting, and dying, at the hands of a calcified and soulless bureaucracy.
Investigations were launched, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki eventually resigned.
Almost three years after the VA scandal broke, no such restructuring or reform has occurred. Instead, almost nothing has changed at the failing Department of Veterans Affairs. VA officials have kept their jobs, and veterans continue to be treated like second-class citizens inside their own system.
The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act would allow the new VA Secretary to immediately fire any VA employee found guilty of misconduct. This would end the dysfunctional VA status quo that allows bad employees to remain on paid leave for months – sometimes even years. The bill would also strengthen protections for whistle-blowers who speak up against wrongdoing at the VA.
Whistle-blowers continue to say that records of VA wait times are still being manipulated across the country, with the VA’s own inspector general recently finding that over half of VA medical facilities investigated still use “improper scheduling.”
We have to stop the insanity! Please CONTACT your Senator and urge them to Support The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act!
Our bravest and finest deserve no less!
Concerned Veterans for America is a project of Americans for Prosperity. Simply put, their mission is to advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity that we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.
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