Seems our illustrious Undersecretary of all that is Benefits and Bucks was spotted on Oahu last week. Rumor has it that the Honolulu Veterans Service Manager is now looking for employment in the civilian sector. Apparently Allison wasn’t there for a getaway and a tan.
Over at 625 Redskins Ave. NW, the oddsmakers are predicting Judge Bruce “Almighty” Kasold is going to relinquish his Chief Judge position come January 2015 and Judge Hagel will don the crown. We hope the rumormongers are correct. It’s high time we see some fresh air on the tenth floor.
As you can see from Hagel’s biography, he came to us after a long military career but more importantly, his bona fides with Paralyzed Veterans Of America( PVA) are solid credentials of his commitment to Vets. PVA is the real meal deal-not a bunch of loudmouthed, overweight geezers sporting campaign hats with a gazillion “I was there” pins of all the conventions they got drunk at.
As for our fabled Keystone Kops, the Office of Inspector Gadgets, they have been assiduously chasing the bad guys and sometimes actually finding them. I bet I had you going there for a minute. One thing is for sure. The VAOIG spends more time printing up glossy 8 X 10 color photographs of all the crap they have been “unable to substantiate” to make them look like CSI. A single rater does not a conspiracy make.
The AFGE rater’s union strives to help our VA VSRs down in the trenches root out misfeasance and offers to stand behind the whistleblowers but always fades into the background when the shit hits the fan. Witness this latest from the LARO (Los Angeles Regional Office). Their raters blew an ass gasket (as well they should) when pressured to cooks the books like the “short order” chefs over in Phoenix’ VAMC. As would be expected, VA’s Kiddy Kops show up weeks later and arrest the only rater who succumbed to the coercion. This on top of Inspector Gadget’s Texas Necktie Party down in Houston where another rater went “rogue” and began doing as he was told (makin’ them claims disappear, baby!). You have to know that GS-9s can’t invent this stuff. They simply are not self-starters. That’s why VA wisely gave them the M-21 Manual of Denials.
More news and film as it develops.