Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler KIA Iraq: Did this mission sneak past the White House naysayers and lawyers?


There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Department of Veterans Affairs has treated our veterans horribly when it comes to medical care and the administration of benefits rightfully earned by American soldiers. Even worse, even through a change in administrations was demanded by President Obama, little has changed because corrupt, malfeasant, and incompetent employees cannot be fired like employees in the private sector. The villain: the public employees unions that control the politicians and political affairs of the Department.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is still screwed up and corrupt, malfeasant, and incompetent employees are still there …

Rubio: A path for reforming the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the second-largest federal agency, with more than 350,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $159 billion. Yet today — more than a year after scores of veterans died while stuck on secret wait lists — mountains of backlogged disability claims, wide-scale construction overruns and a serious lack of accountability continue to plague the agency.

Last year, our nation was shocked by reports of egregious systemic failures at 110 VA facilities around the country that kept secret lists to mask the true length of veteran wait times, so that incompetent bureaucrats could pick up taxpayer-funded bonuses. Since then, only three employees have been fired for wait-time manipulation; not a single one of these employees was a senior executive. Not only did employees guilty of misconduct keep their jobs, but many were promoted and even received bonuses.

In fact, it is so difficult to punish VA employees for their misdeeds that, incredibly, one VA employee in the department's drug addiction treatment program took a patient to a crack house, purchased narcotics for the veteran, stole the veteran's $600 VA check, received $225 in overtime pay for his "work," and was still employed by the VA more than a year later.

It doesn't end there. Recently, investigators found that 307,000 veterans have died waiting for their applications for care to be processed. In one case, a veteran waited 14 years for VA care, while his application rested in "pending" status since 1998. The department has been aware of this since 2010, and still, no one has been held accountable.  <Source>

Bluementhal carrying water for the unions …


Democratic Sen Blocks Rush Vote To Pass VA Accountability Legislation

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal blocked a rush vote Tuesday in the Senate to pass accountability legislation allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary to fire employees at-will.

In effect, the bill allows for VA Secretary Robert McDonald to expedite the firing of employees for misconduct or poor performance. If appealed, the Merit Systems Protection Board would have only 45 days to issue a decision on the matter.

VA officials have stated that the VA Accountability Act would reduce the department’s ability to retain top-notch talent.Earlier Tuesday, the American Federation of Government Employees became aware of the rush vote and urged supporters to call senators and ask them to vote no, saying that the legislation represented a “sad excuse for accountability at the VA” as it would take away workers’ rights and set a bad precedent for other government agencies.<Source>

Whoops …

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events.

Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue, as in his speech to the group in Norwalk. At other times, he has used more ambiguous language, but the impression left on audiences can be similar.  Source: Blumenthal’s Words Differ From His History - NYTimes.com

Bottom line …

The contract between the America and its veterans is written in blood. Anything or anyone who stands in the way of providing services to our veterans, such as the despicable Dick Bluementhal, are douchebags and should be thrown out of office.

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