VA Corruption: Two Recent Scandals that Prove the VA is Not Fixed
Alexandria, VA- It’s been three years since reports first surfaced about the tremendous level of corruption at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Reports of exceedingly long wait times at hospitals that resulted in the deaths of veterans came out daily. Unfortunately, V.A. corruption scandals have slipped from the headlines, but the problems persist. We’ve done some digging and found two examples that prove the crisis at the V.A. is far from fixed.
Reports surface that former Tomah V.A. head received a big buyout
USA Today recently published an investigative article in which they continued to uncover examples of ongoing VA corruption scandals. The article revealed that the former head of the Tomah, Wisconsin VA, Mario DeSanctis, received a six figure payout from the government after being terminated in 2015. This is the same Mario DeSanctis accused of concealing the over-prescription of opioid painkillers to veterans at the Tomah VA. This scandal resulted in the death of at least one veteran. According to the story, DeSanctis had been made aware of the problem as early as 2012 but did nothing to fix it.
DeSanctis fought his termination and subsequently received a $163,000 buyout from the government. DeSanctis’ payout further proves that real accountability is not a top priority for VA officials.
Secret Wait Lists Uncovered at Omaha VA Hospital
Although it was uncovered in 2014 that VA hospitals across the country kept secret waiting lists of veterans seeking care, the problem has continued. Earlier this year, an audit of the Omaha VA Medical Center revealed that officials kept secret waiting lists of veterans seeking mental healthcare. This was done in order to get around regulations passed by Congress in 2016 that set strict standards for how waiting lists are to be kept by the VA.
In response to the story reported by the Omaha World-Herald, VA officials claimed that, “no adverse patient outcomes occurred”. Veterans seeking mental healthcare treatment at the Omaha VA may disagree with that conclusion. To date, no VA employees at the Omaha VA Medical Center were terminated for their actions. So much for accountability, let alone integrity.
These stories prove that the VA has not been fixed and that cover-ups and that VA corruption scandals are still ongoing. That is why Veterans Action Network is mobilizing veterans across the country to take on corrupt VA officials and the politicians who do nothing to hold them accountable.
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