Many people use July to take a family vacation, but the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t taken the month off from failing veterans.
From Colorado to North Carolina, VA mismanagement and misconduct is rampant. Here are July’s top five #VAFails from around the country.
- A VA doctor in North Carolina reportedly admitted he’d been drinking before showing up for work. He retired before the VA could follow through with firing him, so his benefits remained intact.
- Whistleblowers in Denver claim employees at the local Office of Inspector General have nothing to do and have hardly worked for an entire year. Employees allegedly watched movies, read or otherwise wasted time at work because of the lack of anything to do. The collective salaries of the office’s employees during that time was $1.2 million.
- Illinois veteran Bob Hart received a $30,000 bill for care that should be covered through the Veterans Choice Program. The VA hadn’t paid the private hospital for Hart’s treatment, and Hart was told the money would come out of his bank account if he didn’t pay the bill.
- A Florida VA hospital is under investigation for possibly covering up canceled radiology tests. The Tampa Bay Times reported “one of the plaintiffs said in a deposition that she reached out to a patient whose ultrasound test was overdue and learned that the patient had died. She did not know the cause of death.”
- The VA is behind schedule implementing changes to the Forever GI Bill, which was updated by Congress over a year ago. Some student veterans will have trouble with their housing stipends because of the VA’s slow progress.
And in case you’d like an update on an old #VAFail, the Aurora Colorado VA hospital is FINALLY done. It was only five years late and $1 billion overbudget.
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