The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired 526 employees since January – but that’s just a drop in the bucket when the VA has around 377,000 employees altogether.
Doc Thompson and the guys looked at the latest accountability report and discussed a terrible VA director who was fired and then re-hired on Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.” Will these terminations help veterans or not?
The VA has been under fire since news broke in 2014 that veterans were dying while waiting for health care, languishing on long wait lists while VA employees got away with misconduct. In Los Angeles, nearly 100 patients died waiting for care – of 225 total who were waiting for doctor’s appointments. An inspector general report found in 2016 that a VA hospital in the Chicago area wasn’t dealing properly with a cockroach problem and served multiple patients food with roaches.
The Trump administration has been working to root out corruption in the VA with measures including the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which is aimed to shield whistleblowers and make it easier to fire VA employees when needed.
“There has been no accountability for so long,” Doc said. While firing 526 employees is a small step forward, it’s a “thimble bailing out the ocean” when the VA has hundreds of thousands of workers.