It Wasn’t The Best Year For The VA, Here’s The Worst 2015 Had To Offer

The Department of Veterans Affairs drew fire in 2014 for manipulating appointment waitlists while veterans died without care, but despite hopes that the agency would clean up its act, it hasn’t fared any better in 2015. In fact, increased scrutiny has resulted in more light shed on incredibly serious problems plaguing the department. From patients dying while they wait to gross over-medication, here are the top five worst VA scandals of 2015. A year after the waitlist scandal, the number Read more […]

VA Nurse Still On Payroll Despite Charge He Beat 70-Year-Old Vet To Death

A 70-year old U.S. military veteran, Charles Lee Johnson, died of an apparent beating by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who continues to work in the hospital more than two years later as he awaits trial on manslaughter charges. Fredrick Kevin Harris, a nurse’s aide at VA’s Alexandria, Louisiana, hospital, is out of jail on bail and remains on the government payroll, reporting to work each day. His duties have–for at least significant periods after the death–included continuing Read more […]

VA Employees Played Carnival Games Instead Of Caring For Vets

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is extremely disappointed in revelations that Tomah VA employees spent part of a work day on taxpayer dime playing the human version of Hungry, Hungry Hippos. “Given the serious problems that have surrounded the Tomah VAMC, it is more than disappointing to see Tomah VA employees playing games and engaging in such unprofessional behavior during work hours while veterans wait for care,” Johnson told The Daily Caller News Foundation. A leaked video Read more […]

Citizens Fire City Council for Removing Veterans Memorial

Have you had the feeling that your elected representatives were not representing you? Of course, you have. We have all felt that way and not just when we were represented by those against whom we voted. But, if you could, would you remove them? Most of us would not resort to such drastic measures, but one city has. Christian News reports Members of a city council in Iowa voted Monday to remove a veterans memorial that included a cross from a local park, and in turn, members of the community voted Read more […]

VA IG Confirms Worst Fears: 300,000 Vets Really Did Die While Waiting For Healthcare

A total of 307,000 veterans have died while waiting for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their healthcare applications, a new inspector general report found. Allegations of mismanagement at the Veterans Health Administration’s Health Eligibility Center led to an investigation by the VA office of the inspector general, which turned up some astounding discoveries. Exactly 867,000 veterans still have their healthcare applications listed as pending in the database. Database records Read more […]

VA Whistleblower Was Forced To Leave Her Job After MONTHS Of Retaliation

Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblower and Army veteran Vanessa Lech says she was retaliated against by her supervisor and driven out of her job for calling attention to safety issues and sexual harassment at a facility in New Mexico. In October 2014, Lech started off as a social worker in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program in Albuquerque, N.M., after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Master’s degree in social work. Trouble started Read more […]

After Years Of Denial, VA To Provide Presumptive Disability Status To Marines Poisoned By Contaminated Water

Marines poisoned by contaminated water and ignored for decades have finally received some relief. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday it plans to provide presumptive disability status. For a 30-year period between August 1953 and December 1987, Marines at Camp Lejeune have suffered from exposure to chemicals in the base water supply. A total of 82 men have developed a rare form of breast cancer as of 2012. This is just one of the consequences of prolonged exposure. Others the Read more […]

Pentagon Approves 20 Percent Cut To Veteran Pensions, And Vets Speak Out

The Pentagon just approved a major plan to reform the military retirement system by reducing current pension size by 20 percent. That plan is now in the hands of Congress. Defense officials sent along a six-page whitepaper with the bill in an effort to help explain the policies, Military Times reports. A blended system maintains the current, though downsized pension system, and adds individual retirement accounts for personnel, called Thrift Savings Plans (TSP). Government contributions equivalent Read more […]

Phoenix VA Whistleblower Calls for Resignation of Officials Amids ER Staffing Crisis

Jared Kinnaman, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and whistleblower at the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, is calling for the resignation of Phoenix interim director Glen Grippen, who replaced Sharon Helman, and Secretary Robert McDonald. In two letters sent out Friday, Kinnaman recounted his struggle and efforts to promote accountability at the Phoenix VA, which so far have amounted to very little, despite promises of reform from the leadership. Still, the long Read more […]

Veteran Suspended from Mississippi College, Labeled ‘Threat’ After Requesting Non-Muslim Counselor

This is how we thank young, brave Americans who risk their lives fighting for our freedom. Instead of giving them respect, we give our enemies that respect, as well as deference and submission. Mississippi College is a Christian university located in Clinton, Mississippi, just west of the capital city of Jackson. Founded in 1826, MC is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the United States and the oldest college in Mississippi. A former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours Read more […]

Phoenix VA Gets Sued Following Wrong Diagnosis Which Led to Suicide

The infamous Phoenix VA hospital is in hot water again, after a filed lawsuit claims that a completely mistaken diagnosis of terminal cancer led one patient to take his own life. On October 5, 2012, a physician told 67-year-old Gene Spencer, an audiologist, Army veteran, and contractor who constructed 3,500 buildings in Arizona, that because the cancer had spread to his lungs, he should head home and prepare for the end. The doctor told him he had no more than a few weeks. A few days later and Read more […]

The ISIS-Fighting, Female Army Vet And Mother Of Three: ‘I Cried On The Way To The Airport’

Islamic State horrors have drawn some U.S. veterans back into battle, and then there’s Samantha Jay, the 25 year-old mother of three small children who left everything to fight the Islamic State. Samantha Lois Jay Johnston, her full name according to U.S. Army records, served from 2008-2011 as a geospatial engineer. She is a divorced mother of a five year-old and a pair of three-year-old twins. She hails from Emerald Island, N.C. Following initial news stories, The Daily Caller News Foundation reached Read more […]

Legislators Explode At the VA over Continued Retaliation against Whistleblowers

Since Robert McDonald has taken over as Veterans Affairs Secretary, one of his main priorities has been to crackdown on whistleblower retaliation. Three whistleblowers from across the country said that he hasn’t done enough. Lawmakers sitting on the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations exploded at officials from the VA and the Office of Special Counsel on Monday for dodging questions and failing to take the problem of retaliation in a serious and sober manner. All Read more […]

Hawaii VA Supervisor Resigns After Evidence Of Benefits Manipulation Surfaces

A new report from the VA’s top watchdog reveals that a supervisor at the VA Honolulu administration office regularly manipulated records to make it appear as though benefits applications were being processed faster than they actually were. As a slight difference from most of the scandals which were brought to public attention last year, this example concerns manipulated benefits claims, rather than manipulated wait lists for medical appointments. Additionally, the manager has since resigned, which Read more […]