The VA Steps On Veterans By Breaking Federal Law

Dave Nelson, a U.S. Navy veteran, waits his turn to compete in the swimming competition at the Whitworth University swimming pool during the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Spokane, Wash., July 15, 2009.

The hits just keep coming on from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Just look at two recent reports.

1. A quadruple amputee Marine shot himself after being told by the VA crisis hotline to ‘call back when he was less irate’. Fortunately, he didn’t succeed but he obviously didn’t get the help he needed when he called. It shouldn’t have mattered, but he was one of only five quadruple amputee soldiers to survive after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And…

2. Despite 480,000 veterans continuing to remain waiting in excess 30 days to get an appointment with a V.A. doctor, “One of every two bonuses continued to flow to the same people who collected bonuses during the scandal.”

Now we learn that that VA has been violating federal law!

In 2008, both the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense directed all agencies to exempt combat-related therapy from background screenings into a federal job candidate’s mental health.” But the VA has continually asked the question.

How you might ask? Because the “the VA avoids the change by using a 20-year-old form for its background checks.” Regardless, this violates federal law!

The VA continually flaunts itself against the veterans with whom it was formed to serve. Wikipedia states, “The VA’s primary function is to support veterans in their time after service by providing benefits and support.”

Question: how does the VA meet this definition when they are intentionally violating federal law?

Answer: It doesn’t.

Question: why does the VA do it?

Answer: because it can.

Last year, Jonah Goldberg penned an editorial entitled, It’s Time to Get Rid of the VA“.

Now that’s a great idea! Of course, Congress would have to get involved.

But wait a minute! What was anyone thinking: the Senate hasn’t even passed S. 1082, the 2015 VA Accountability Act. It’s still stuck in limbo.

Mr. Goldberg: your great idea at this point in time is just wishful thinking.

Maybe our next president will be someone who keeps mentioning his support of our veterans and who even donated $1 million of his own money to veteran charities.

Now that would change “wishful thinking” into absolute success!

As NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs would say, “Oorah!”

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]