The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been under fire for years for their healthcare facilities and their failure to take proper care of vets, numerous veteran suicides and deaths, and the failure of corrupt VA employees to be removed from their position or not being fired. Adding to that was former VA secretary Robert McDonald having the nerve to say:
“To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing.”
Can anybody say “fake news”?
Indeed, corruption has been rampant in VA hospitals for years. For example, in 2014, audio recordings from The Daily Caller revealed “VA employees in Los Angeles willfully destroyed patient medical records in order to eliminate their atrocious backlog.”
Well, all that’s changed now because there is a new sheriff in town and corrupt VA employees are already being fired.
It started with President Trump appointing Dr. David Shulkin as the new VA Secretary. Then, the day Trump was inaugurated, corrupt VA employees started being fired!
Dewayne Hamlin, director of the VA hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was fired on Jan. 20 only hours after Trump being sworn into office. Hamlin had offered employee Rosayma Lopez $305,000 to quit after she became a justified whistleblower on a fellow employee.
On Jan. 24, Elizabeth Rivera Rivera was fired:
For misconduct, including being absent without leave and failing to disclose other arrests on her job application, which her background check apparently did not catch.
These are perfect examples of those who do not belong at the VA. However, what about employees who should have never been hired in the first place?
Meet Braxton Linton, a manager whose job was to buy prosthetics such as hearing aids, usually with credit cards issued by the government. While working at the VA, he was arrested twice for possession of drugs. And later, he was accused of stealing money by improperly billing the government for personal expenses.
But before being hired by the VA, he had just been released from prison for stealing $70,000 from his previous employer. Rehabilitation was not in his DNA.
Now meet Jorge E. Diaz-Camacho who was hired by the VA in 2011. He made $35,000 but drove a luxury SUV. Yet he had a criminal record for possession of illegal firearms prior to his employment. He should have never been hired in the first place.
There are others who have had easily-found criminal records before being hired by the VA.
We can only hope that our new VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin will clean up the VA, implement appropriate hiring practices, and thereby making all of us veterans feel better about our healthcare system.
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