Friday, May 04, 2007

 

Bush VA administrators failed to care for vets

The Bush administration handed out bonuses of almost $4 million to VA officials who may have deliberately misled taxpayers “with questionable methods used to justify Bush administration cuts to health care amid the burgeoning Iraq war,” writes Hope Yen of the Associated Press.

A VA spokesman claims the VA was rewarding professionals. How professional is it to run an organization into the ground? Returned veterans were being cheated out of disability payments due to senseless rules, traumatized men were committing suicide because they couldn’t get mental health care, and the sick and maimed were living among cockroaches.

The VA was “rewarding bureaucrats for failure,” said Paul Rieckhoff of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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