DOJ Shuts Down VA Wait Time Investigations

January 26, 2016

DOJ Shuts Down VA Wait Time Investigations

In disappointing veterans news, the DOJ shut down 46 of 55 investigations into the VA wait time scandal that were initiated in 2014. With the Department of Justice making the decision to not pursue charges in 46 of these cases, we seem to be seeing a continuing trend of those at the Department of Veterans Affairs not being held accountable for their wrongdoings.

Just last month, we reported that federal prosecutors decided not to press criminal charges against two former executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who were accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain.

Not only did those two executives not get charged, they are still employed at the VA.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg as there have been numerous reports of issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs since the wait time scandal of 2014.

VA whistleblowers speak of retaliation, an investigation showed that the VA's mishandling of care led to a Marine's suicide, thousands of 9/11 veterans are not receiving the benefits they are due because of a technicality: The list goes on and on.

And now we have this announcement of the DOJ shutting down VA wait time scandal investigations.

A question we read on another website seems to sum up the frustration many have with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"So if DOJ will not investigate, VA will not fire, and the House Committee will not hold VA executives in contempt for perjury, what can veterans expect in the future?"

And here something even more telling which came from news we reported last week.

Richard Hill, a VA doctor for 20 years who is also a veteran, told TheDCNF that “the leadership believes the VA exists for them and their staff. The veterans are just a nuisance."

With this kind of mindset - that vets are a "nuisance" - and no accountability from those who we trust to hold the VA accountable, how can we ever believe that our veterans will ever receive the treatment they earned and deserve - not only as military veterans, but as human beings?

Read more about the DOJ shutting down VA wait time investigations here.

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