Yes, it’s been a busy month for the Katzenjammer Kops. Here’s the latest list of miscreants rounded up by our loyal VA SS troops. Of note is the Salisbury, North Carolina VA cop who held up the credit union on campus:
A former Salisbury, NC, VAMC police officer was indicted for attempted robbery of a credit union located on the campus of the VAMC. An OIG and FBI investigation revealed that while on duty, the defendant attempted to rob the credit union by forcing a credit union employee into the building as she was opening for the day. The defendant concealed his identify by wearing overalls, a ski mask, and gloves. Two construction workers witnessed the incident and chased the defendant as he fled from the scene. The defendant evaded the workers by hiding in a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) room, exiting in his uniform, and assisting in the search for the “suspect.” Later that day, a duffel bag containing items worn during the attempted robbery was located in the locked HVAC room. The defendant returned a few days later to retrieve the duffle bag and was captured on surveillance video. The defendant
confessed during an interview and agreed to surrender himself after indictment.
Not to be outdone, the Medical staff wanted their time in the sun as well as their entitlement to fifteen minutes of Warholian fame:
A former Salisbury, NC, VAMC nursing assistant was charged in a criminal information with the assault of an elderly dementia patient at the VAMC. An OIG investigation revealed the defendant struck the patient under his eye and attempted to conceal her actions by leaving the scene. The defendant subsequently confessed to striking the patient. Another former Salisbury, NC, VAMC nursing assistant was charged in a criminal information with assault of an elderly dementia patient at the VAMC. An OIG investigation revealed that after being struck by the patient, the defendant became angry, wrapped the patient’s arm around his neck, and pulled him down the hallway to his room and then forced him into his bed. Prosecution was declined on a second nursing assistant who admitted to restraining the same patient to his wheelchair by stretching the patient’s sleeves of his t-shirt over the handles of the wheelchair. Both employees resigned from their positions as a result of this investigation… (probably with pay and no prosecution).
I don’t make this stuff up, ladies and gentlemen Vets. This is the sorry state our VAMCs have sunk to. What happened in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Fort Collins et al is no fluke. It’s akin to a circus with endless sideshow entertainment at our expense. Apparently 40 or more dead Veterans is the breaking point for an investigation. Too bad it’s being conducted by the foxes in charge of the hen house. My guess is this will die down just exactly like every last investigation into similar events over the previous decades. Bad habits die hard. At the VA they are indestructable.
What will be interesting is to see how or whether this develops. We’ve now heard whistleblower reports of all night shredding parties in Albuquerque and I expect we’ll hear of even more soon. When the Inspector Gadget crews belatedly show up, there will once again be nothing to substantiate. The ”’nobody here but us chickens” scenario is becoming all to common in this day and age. Normally, I would ascribe it to the ruling administration trying to avoid bad press but it is apparent that both political parties sanction the intransigence afoot at the VA and have for decades. It reminds me of Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden saying ”One of these days, Alice. Pow! Straight to the moon.” But like jaded adults who have put away our Grimm’s Faery Tale tomes, we know that day will never come, now don’t we?
Once upon a time in a VAMC far, far away lived a VA administrator who toiled tirelessly and incessantly for his disabled charges. He wouldn’t rest until all their needs had been met every day. He was so devoted, he eschewed any thought of bonuses or extra remuneration. Right. What flavor of Kickapoo Joy Juice was Petzel drinking all these years? I want some, too.
P.S. Vermont Frank sends us this link. A very probative analysis of how the Administration may (or may not) handle it.