Carolyn Lerner, of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced today that VA, caught with their pants down metaphorically, has been forced into actually doing something never before seen or heard of at 810 Vermin Ave. NW-actually rewarding whistleblowers and thanking them for their revelations; indeed, going so far as to give them their job back or even a promotion. Unheard off. Perish the thought. Isn’t this the staid, upstanding stonewalled bastion of imbecility that we have all known to abhor and fear? Wherefore art thou, Fort Fumble?
If this is an example of what Robert McDonald is getting ready to unleash, then we have cause for hope. Never in the anals (sic) of VA history have we seen what should happen…happen. Short of a few bricks in their heads, these folks think the sun rises and sets over them. It’s a VA Central Office mentality of “I am, therefore I’m right.” I won’t call it a breath of fresh air until Sharon Helman has been keelhauled along with her fellow conspirators at the VHA. Somewhere, there’s a fingerprint and an email that says “You have my permission to…”.
And then we can sharpen our knives and find out about Laura Eskenazi’s “Rocket Dockets”.
Meanwhile, it’s the Office of Medical Inspector that is on the hot seat now. This is better than the “independently organized” VA Office of Inspector General who don’t leave home without white paint and brushes.
My guess is we Vets all ought to pitch in and buy Ms. Lerner a bouquet about the size of a Rose Bowl float and have it delivered by FTD. I volunteer. I don’t know whether I mentioned it or not in the past but I have a lot of experience in these matters. One thing is for certain- I expect this is not the end of the problems VA is getting ready to “discover”.
And to member Dirk, the analogy that the VA Scheduling coverup is like untreated VD- It just keeps on giving- is very apt even if slightly off color.
I really gave up on getting decent medical care from the VA decades ago. I don’t want to drive 20 miles just to get a flu shot at VA expense. I have Medicare and Blue Cross. The VA has the nerve to bill my Blue Cross for the substandard treatment I have received there in the past.
Need to send Mr Macdonald a shovel, better yet a bulldozer.