Often Veterans ask, “Does the VA retaliate”, or is the VA just another ineptocracy:
(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
Of course there are two “schools of thought”…I mean, this is our government, there is no conspiracy to retaliate on Veterans. The VA didn’t inappropriately shred Veterans evidence in 41 out of 57 Regional Offices. Well, ok, yes they did that, according to the VAOIG, but wasnt that the Veterans’ own fault for applying for benefits too many times in too many regional offices? After all, isnt it going to look bad for politicians as a “non adversarial, pro claimant” VA?
Some would think the VA does, indeed, retaliate. For example:
Or this one:
Or how about this one, that alleges multiple incidents of retaliation?
According to this site, the VA paid out 3.5 million for retaliation:
The last one is more than a bit disturbing. I would like to know where does the 3.5 million come from? Does the budget submitted to congress include millions per year for “retaliation lawsuits”? I tend to think this probably does not come out of the VA Execs’ salary. Here is an example of why:
So, does the VA retaliate? I dont know for sure, but I’m just a “Joe Average Vet”, and it would appear that the VA is long overdue to “take out the trash”, and our politicians havent been getting it done. I wonder if its time for the VA system to stop having its own “police force” with its own VAOIG. Maybe we should ask why the fox is guarding the hen house?
Yes, the anatomy of any Federal Agency. All of their repsective “OIGs” are there to protect the Government against the Veteran. It isn’t retaliation, it’s just open and aggressive oppression. The unions are there to get their cut and it isn’t about protecting the VA employees but to portect the VA from it’s employees. All bets are off when it comes to senior (SES) management though. DOL -VETs who handles the employment of disabled Veterans, employs the same tactics of oppression. DOL -VETS is there to protect the corporations against employing disabled Veterans. OSC wants the job of completely handling Federal employment of disabled Veterans and returning War Veterans to reduce the backlog of USERRA and VEOA cases before the MSPB.
In other words when the Veteran is denied Federal job benefits then it goes before the OSC where the claim is denied 98% of the time. Corporations won’t employ disbled Veterans period, end of statement, and the DOL -VETs is there to keep it that way. When these Federal agencies get out of line then their respective OIGs slap them up alongside the head and the oppression goes on unfettered. The Veteran may be too disabled to get hired by anyone but then the VA finds him too healthy to get enough compensation to live on, or TDIU. Catch 22 but the Vet always loses…..better odds at a casino!
Vets will note that the VAOIG was originally structured to investigate the VA-not Vets. They have gradually usurped the role of Vet police. Look no further than the Keith Roberts railroad job for proof of this. Better not pout/better not cry/better not bitch ’cause I’m telling you why/OIG is coming for you.