US politicians behind Veterans Affairs corruption

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US politicians behind Veterans Affairs corruption

… by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor     …with  Press TV,  Tehran

 

An American political commentator says the corruption at the Veterans Affairs is partly pressured by politicians who want to see good reports.

You can listen to the 3:30 minute phone interview on PressTV here.

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“You have corruption, but also political pressure of ‘show us…we want to hear good reports’, and because it’s a mess, the managers start having to look for ways where they can hide the problems,” said Jim W. Dean of Veterans Today in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

Dean said that Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama’s pick to head up the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, faces great challenges in fixing the VA on both sides.

“There is two key parts here,” said Dean. “We have the obvious situation of VA that is swamped with demands of not enough money and there is supposed to be miracle workers who give everybody everything they want when they don’t have resources to do it.”

“And yet they are under a lot of pressure to generate statistics that they are doing a good job,” he added. “The politicians want those good statistics… so they want something to show the people that they are doing a good job.”

“The politicians are playing a game that they really care, but they really want to fake it. So now they are stuck. They have to basically pretend that they are doing a wonderful job, so they start cooking the books and they have to hide backlogs and things like this, which should have been reported for years and years and years,” he continued.

Dean called for an investigation of the corruption as to “why they allowed it to go on” because they are “just as guilty as any white-collar managers in the VA or possibly more guilty.”

Problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs came to light this past spring when more than 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for care after being kept off the books at a VA facility in Phoenix.

The incident led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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5 Responses to "US politicians behind Veterans Affairs corruption"

  1. EvieO  August 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I am appalled of learning about the corruption that has been allowed to continue within the VA department and all the people who have tried to make the people in the decision making seats aware of this… and they have totally been ignored. I think about the guy at the end who put their lives on the line for all of us and for some reason or other required medical care… now they are back on the front line…putting their life on the line again…. highlighting the fact that they are not getting the medical help that they justly deserve.

    At the end of the day, all I can say is FRAUD is FRAUD and even be as bold to say these are crimes of war. All those people involved with the decision making processes should all be made accountable for what they have done even if a new law had to be made to do this. Give all those dear veterans the care and help they deserve as well as to their families. This is the least we can do for them.

    They took care of our home front at least we should take care of their backs.

  2. dave  July 27, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Let’s NOT FORGET THE VSO’S AND ORGANIZATIONS THEY ARE COMPLICIT ALSO!!! AS WELL AS TITLE 38 ATTORNEY’S AND “NOVA” .

  3. 60sstreetpunk  July 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I have spent the last hour reading lots of stories especially learning about airplane crashes and what to look for in order to determine the cause of a crash. It was all new to me.
    I had a lot of expertise in how the VA med system functioned in relation to Wounded Warriors- active duty Army and activated Guard and Reserve. The whole system was overhauled in 2007 and now it was to be the VA who did a soldier’s narrative summary for his medical board which in essence determines how much monetary compensation a soldier gets. If an Army doctor or big group of doctors at a base was tending to a patient, one would think that the narrative summary for the medical board would be done by the doc who was following the patient for the past 3 months to 2 years. Whether it was formulated by a very highly paid advisory group or something else, it was decided to have a VA doc or PA or NP who never saw the patient before do the entire summary. Also, the summary now was to include EVERY complaint the soldier had, not just the condition or conditions responsible for the soldier not being fit for duty. Those of us who spent years at this knew that the new system was indescribably stupid and would never work, but we were told to shut the hell up if we wanted to keep a job.
    The whole thing was a mess and I guess is being corrected. In the meantime, the government got ripped off. I lost my job.

  4. Peter Pahn  July 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    When TSHTF we will all head over to our local VA and to our politicians offices and do what needs to be done with these scum………..oh heck, just start now…….why wait.

  5. lieutenantM  July 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    It’s because my old friend Bernie Sanders is the “responsible” person in his oversight duties.
    …AND, as you all are about to learn Bernie is untouchable. A leftist Zionist who has so vigorously
    attacked “the Corporate State” ha ha ha ha [but is in bed with high finance, Monsanto and Lockheed for openers]. You will see what i mean when his Presidential campaign begins to go public after November….

    2LT Dennis Morrisseau USArmy [armor – Vietnam era] retired. W Pawlet, VT
    802 645 9727 [email protected]

    http //youtu.be/sBVT7AmPNy0

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