Veterans have expressed hope that Dr. David Shulkin, the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), would begin to remove the cloud of scandals that’s been hanging over it. But now we are shocked to learn that criminals have been hired by the VA. This tells us the VA has been violating federal law for years! And something needs to be done – very quickly!
Here are three examples:
Kevin Kenja Campbell is a piece of work. His crimes include child molestation, felony sexual abuse of a minor, family harassment and violence to, failing to register as a sex offender, and other offenses. A couple of these occurred before Campbell was hired by the VA but many occurred while he was still employed by the VA in Anchorage, Alaska.
Then there is Michael N. Alvin who was convicted of criminally negligent homicide while working for the VA at the same hospital as Campbell. But here is the kicker: the VA accepted Alvin back to his old position after being released from prison and subsequently promoted him.
And how about Fredrick Kevin Harris? He’s still working at the VA hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, while awaiting his trial for manslaughter in the beating death of 70-year old U.S. veteran, Charles Lee Johnson. Nice, huh?
The Daily Caller has reported that 30 sex predators are currently working at nine VA facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
At least 11 of the 30 are full-fledged, standard members of the federal workforce, but others are likely veterans taking part in rehabilitative work programs that pay them minimum wage to work as housekeepers and other laborers at the hospital.
From Right Wing News:
According to the Department of Labor, the following bars anyone from working a federal job: “including but not limited to the following examples: Generic criminal offenses; specifically, murder, assault with intent to kill, assault that inflicts grievous bodily injury, rape, arson, extortion, burglary, grand larceny, robbery, bribery, embezzlement and ‘any crime that is equivalent to the above crimes’ … The bar ends 13 years after conviction.”
This means that the VA is in violation of federal law on most of these aforementioned criminals.
Yes, it is indeed time to remove the cesspool within the VA!
The 2017 VA Accountability First Act, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), would drastically shorten the overall termination and appeals process for VA employees who are found to have engaged in misconduct. The bill also empowers the VA Secretary to recoup bonuses awarded in error or given to employees who were later found to have engaged in misconduct. Additionally, the bill gives the VA Secretary the ability to reduce the pensions of VA employees who are convicted of felonies that influenced their job performance.
Everyone should contact their senators and urge them to vote for this bill!
The ball is now in your court. Help us “drain the swamp” in the VA!
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