EXPOSED: Veterans Affairs Department Ignores THOUSANDS OF COMPLAINTS

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The Veterans Affairs Department is in a total shambles. Reports about the abuse and mistreatment of our veterans have disturbed the entire country.

But, perhaps the most alarming report is this one:

WASHINGTON – The chief watchdog at the Department of Veterans Affairs investigates less than 10 percent of the nearly 40,000 complaints it receives annually about problems at the agency, even when they concern potential harm to veteran health, Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday said Tuesday.

The Office of Inspector General, which is responsible under federal law for rooting out mismanagement and abuse at the agency, simply doesn’t have the resources, Halliday said at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“There is a serious discrepancy between the size of our workforce and the size of our workload,” Halliday said. She said her office has roughly 650 professional staff members while the agency they investigate has more than 350,000 employees and a budget greater than $160 billion. “The OIG is not right-sized to respond to all the complaints that we currently receive.”

But that explanation was not good enough for VA whistleblowers at the hearing, who said that even the investigations her office does conduct are cursory and often target the VA employees who report problems – rather than the problems they are reporting.

“VA OIG investigations have been half-assedand shoddy,” said Shea Wilkes, a social worker at the Shreveport, La., VA who was criminally investigated by the inspector general after he reported hidden wait lists for care at the facility. “The VA OIG has not been independent, but is working with the VA to do damage control, white wash and intimidate truth-tellers and potential whistleblowers.”

This is the kind of treatment Veterans receive when liberals and progressives are running the show in Washington.

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Montel Williams SHREDS VA Scandal: We Must ‘Pay Our Debt’ to Forgotten Veterans

Military veteran and television personality Montel Williams appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday to state his case for fixing the broken VA medical system and “pay our debt” to veterans.

Williams’ appearance came on the heels of an emotional speech he gave on Memorial Day in South Carolina.

GlennBeck.com reports:

“If you saw me in the speech – I don’t think people understand why I feel this way,” Williams told Glenn while holding back tears. “I visit our guys at Walter Reed, Bethesda. I cook for our guys around the country. I cook for their family members, for the people who serve them.

“I’m walking the walk my friend. And right now I am so offended and disgusted by what we are doing as a nation to the guys who let us live this democracy we have.”

#ProgressivePrivilege: Gitmo detainees get better treatment than VA patients

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(turner.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This is how progressives treat American heroes and this is how they treat terrorists.

J.D. Gordon, a former spokesman for the Pentagon, writes at Fox News:

Here’s another secret the White House doesn’t want you to know about the VA. Al Qaeda detainees get better medical treatment than our veterans.

Say what?

Yes, it’s true. I know because I served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 and visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base over 30 times during those years.

Despite the fact that Al Qaeda terrorists carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks, killing 3,000 people in America, the admitted co-conspirators and their roughly 150 fellow jihadists at Gitmo have approximately 100 doctors, nurses and health care personnel assigned to them.

Doctors and medical personnel are at their beck and call.  Got a cold, a fever, a toothache, a tumor, chest or back pain, mental health issues, PTSD?  No problem, come right on in. Military doctors are waiting to see you.

The VA and Gitmo eligible patient-to-health care provider ratios speak volumes.

While the Gitmo ratio is 1.5 to 1, for America’s 9 million veterans receiving VA health care and 267,930 VA employees, the ratio is 35 to 1.

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VA whistleblower says he was DEMOTED, bullied for exposing scandal

Jose Mathews
(DailyMail)

ST. LOUIS – The scandal regarding poor medical treatment of veterans continues to grow. Instead of getting to the bottom of it and holding people accountable, it appears those in power would rather punish the people exposing the problems.

KMOX reports:

Dr. Jose Mathews says he’s paying the price for being a whistle-blower at the VA hospital in St. Louis.

He didn’t hold back as he told his story to KMOX.

Mathews was head of psychiatry at the VA before he came forward to say that doctors were treating only half the mental health patients they had the capacity to handle.

After that, he says he was promptly removed from his position and specifically instructed not to contact any of the psychiatrists he was leading.

But even though he was re-located to a basement office, Mathews continues going to work at the VA as scheduled—but says there has been harassment from some co-workers.

“They’re sometimes mocking,” he says. “There are sometimes people who make it a point to come into my office and laugh. Seriously, this is not a joke.”

Get used to it. This is how progressives treat veterans and those who want to help them.

Progressive priorities: Pentagon pays for convict’s sex change while VA patients die

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(investors.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amid reports of Veterans Affairs hospitals leaving vets languishing without care – ignoring some to the point of death – we learn that the Pentagon is helping a traitor.

Convict Bradley Manning wants to become a woman and the Pentagon is ensuring that can happen.

Investors.com reports:

Or should we say Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the name chosen by the convicted leaker of sensitive classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman and the Pentagon is trying to help.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month gave the Army approval to try to work out a transfer plan with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which, unlike the Defense Department, does provide such treatment to inmates, two Pentagon officials not authorized to speak on the record told the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, an estimated 19 VA patients died in 2011 and 2012 alone “because they were forced to wait too long for colonoscopies and endoscopies that could have diagnosed their cancers while they were still treatable,” according to IBD.

Authored by Kyle Olson