Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The recent VA debacle

Hi - hope this will get passed up to my elected officials -I love this quote:,13319,98337,00.html?ESRC=eb.nlAfter the incident, the employee promptly informed the VA, which did not tell FBI until late last week, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk publicly about the investigation.Again this just shows the total disregard at all levels of rules and regulations routinely practiced by federal employees. Obviously something has got to start changing. Does anyone seriously expect us to accept statements that will not be owned up to? Now the media will probably have a field day creating more angst among the veterans.Another quote:"This is a scandal," said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a briefing with reporters. "The information was kept from the American public. I would hope that the administration is figuring out a way to find out what happened and then find out some way to make sure that all these veterans are made whole."Here is a hint to " make sure that all these veterans are made whole. " Pass Mandatory Funding for veterans healthcare. At the very least schedule an up or down vote immediately in the US House and Senate or are the Republicans simply too cowardly to show their true levels of support? Demand that veterans can now at least be assured that there health care will be provided.Stop the piling on by muckrakers with their own agendas and the drooling dribble of various details - that will do no good for the victims of this crime - just fire the VA Colonel who failed to cover up this mess (thankfully) and hold the government accountable for all the problems (if any) that will be created later. Publish a report that identifies the scope of the damage and enact special penalties that can be applied to any future conviction if the victim is a veteran.

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