Dan Martin — veteran of the United States Navy from 1985 to 1991, is an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. After his service in the Navy, he attended Purdue and graduated with his degree in electrical engineering. From there, he went to Indiana Wesleyan for his MBA, where he also worked for the Indiana National Guard. It was then that he realized how much he had loved the military and the people in it, and like many veterans who choose to serve again in a new capacity, he applied for a position within the VA. Eventually he found an opening and was brought on-board. He worked alongside other VA employees to serve veterans in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

Fast forward several years, and Martin has been shuffled into a corner office of the North Indiana VA where he is not allowed any responsibility. He can talk all he wants, though it is to no avail — they won’t fire him and they won’t allow him any level of responsibility. He could quit, but quitting would mean that his voice of dissent, though small in the massive bureaucracy that is the VA, would be snuffed out entirely. Martin says that he won’t allow that.

I recently spoke with Mr. Martin to get the whole story.

There was nothing wrong initially, when I first got to the Northern Indiana VA. I had to learn the ropes, get a feel for the lay of the land. I spent the first few months organizing and getting to know the people. I was the Chief Engineer, and we were in charge of a lot of contracts… but most of those contracts had been awarded before I even got there, so I had a lot of catching up to do. It was upwards of 8 million dollars for a bunch of projects — the water filtration system, patient interactive TV systems, patient elopement like door card readers and cameras — I had to get the lay of the land when I got there.”