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. Stars and Stripes | Jun 24, 2014 | by Travis J. Tritten . WASHINGTON — A veteran admitted to a long-term VA mental health care facility in Massachusetts waited eight years for his first comprehensive psychiatric evaluation by staff. Another patient with a 100 percent service-connected psychiatric condition was committed at the same Brockton facility for seven years before a single psychiatric note was placed on his medical chart. . ...The cases are among dozens of incidents whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs have reported out of concern for patients’ safety but the VA has failed to take the incidents seriously, or admit they might affect the quality of treatment in its nationwide system of hospitals and clinics, according to a letter sent to President Barack Obama on Monday by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. . ...The VA has instead claimed such incidents were “harmless errors,” according to the OSC, an independent federal watchdog charged with protecting whistleblowers and fielding complaints. ........................................... . ...It is apparent that the VA brass have themselves confused with Robert Mugabe's Marxist government that can issue findings that would insult the intelligence of a house plant and get away with it. Eight years in a mental health unit with no work-up? Harmless? Unfortunately the laws of the United States do not permit these panjandrums to be confined for a harmless eight years in a Turkish prison. . ...The administration will only act if both parties in Congress raise hell... and follow through... Otherwise it will be 1967 again when investigations showed that some VA medical facilities going days without emptying catheter bags... . -YP-
He should resign. I don't know what kind of soldier or general officer he was but he sucks as the head of the VA. He did not do his job. He is as detached from his job as Obama is from his.
This shit just makes me want to weep. Good men like Mike Boorda take their own lives out of a sense of honor and commitment that men like this eschew yet never actually embrace! JESUS FUCKING CHRIST YOU BETTER GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR MOTHER FUCKING ASS!!! FUCK!!!
ArcticWarrior MontanaKid I am sure they need to be put on an action plan for 60 days also:/ you know get a chance to improve their performance
HM1 (FMF) Ret. Good one!