By now, everyone knows that our veterans get short change on the medical care they get and many have died just waiting to get medical treatment. We learned that VA officials were faking the waiting list times and other information, so that they would qualify for large bonuses even though they were not doing their jobs. Through it all, Obama couldn’t find a single employee who could be fired. In fact, several of the inept and unethical officials actually got promotions.
The Donald Trump charged into town and in just a little less than 6 months later, he has fired 548 employees, suspended another 200 and demoted 33 additional officials. Nobody deserves better medical care than our veterans who have lost arms and legs or suffered grievous wounds that may require many surgeries. We are giving them nothing. They’ve earned it along with our respect that the liberals will never give them.
Also disciplined were a program analyst dealing with the Government Accountability Office, which audits the department, a public affairs specialist, a chief of police and a chief of surgery.
Many housekeeping aides and food service workers — lower-level jobs in which the department has employed felons and convicted sex offenders — were also fired.
Scores of veterans have died waiting for care while VA bureaucrats falsified data to procure monetary bonuses, but fixes have been slow to come by largely because the union that represents VA employees has used its political muscle with Democrats to emphasize job security for government employees.
Former President Barack Obama originally appointed Shulkin as a VA undersecretary. By the end of the Obama administration, however, Shulkin had grown increasingly frustrated with the American Federation of Government Employees union and other groups defending bad employees’ supposed right to a government check even when they hurt veterans.
“Just last week we were forced to take back an employee after they were convicted no more than three times for DWI and had served a 60 day jail sentence … Our accountability processes are clearly broken,” Shulkin said at the White House.
The next stop must be to do away with the union covering VA employees. We have to make it easier to fire the scumbags who diss our veterans while collecting large checks and a plethora of fringe benefits, including excellant healthcare coverage.