The hits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) keep on coming. The latest occurred at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Seminole, Florida. The staff at the Florida VA Hospital somehow overlooked the body of a dead veteran in a shower room for more than nine hours. Then they tried to cover it up.
Although the incident occurred this past February, the truth finally came out. The Administrative Investigation Board reported
that the staff of the hospice center “violated hospital and Veterans Affairs policies by “failing to provide appropriate post-mortem care,” including proper transportation of a body to the morgue.
Jason Dangel, hospital spokesman, said
“retraining and a change in procedures as a result of the incident, and “appropriate personnel action was taken. We view this finding as unacceptable.”
“Unacceptable”? No kidding.
“We feel that we have taken strong, appropriate and expeditious steps to strengthen and improve our existing systems and processes within the unit. It is our expectation that each veteran is transported to their final resting place in the timely, respectful and honorable manner. America’s heroes deserve nothing less.”
Yet no one was fired and there was no indication that any employee was reassigned.
The sad thing about the VA at the moment is that executive director Garry Augustine of Disabled American Veterans has asked President-elect Trump to keep Bob McDonald as VA Secretary. He said,
“As President-elect Trump focuses on choosing who will lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we highly recommend he meet with current VA Secretary Bob McDonald, a businessman like himself, to get an honest perspective of the challenges facing veterans and the opportunities for strengthening VA.”
But in one of most amazing acts of chutzpah this year, Bob McDonald destroyed this recommendation by writing,
“To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing.”
Most Americans believe the VA is one of the agencies residing in the swamp that Trump wants to drain. His nominee for VA Secretary will be announced soon.
And we veterans can’t wait!