Last week more evidence was published that the VA betrayed those who served.
Barack Obama and other officials tried to claim that it was an exaggeration to say the VA betrayed its mission. There was never any plausible basis for such denials and excuses. Now there is even more reason to understand what the VA did as a betrayal. Circa News reports the latest finding under the headline: “The VA’s shame continues as probes confirm treatment delays weren’t a Mickey Mouse problem.”
Now three years and more than 100 criminal investigations later, there is overwhelming evidence the VA wait times were in fact systematic, consequential and involved a widespread cover-up to hide the denial of timely care.
Even worse, life-threatening problems persist at VA facilities, like in the nation’s capital where the political debate on fixing the VA has malingered.
The latest evidence emerged this week just before a grateful nation celebrates its veterans on Memorial Day. An internal probe of the VA facility in Montgomery, Ala., concluded patient wait time records were altered and patients were denied timely care.
A medical review board review “substantiated that nurses in primary care at the Tuskegee campus maintained paper wait lists; MSAs had scheduling access removed, thus preventing them from scheduling or viewing availability with certain clinics; desired dates were manipulated or altered … and consults were being canceled, denied, or administratively completed without patients being scheduled for an appointment or receiving the requested care,” a report by the VA’s inspector general disclosed
While the consequences were real to veterans, they were less so for responsible VA personnel. “The U.S. Attorney closed his investigation without taking any action,” the inspector general reported, meaning the only form of punishment in this case was the removal of four senior managers from the facility.
It is quite appropriate to meditate on how our government failed our veterans. The Circa story offers you an opportunity to do so.