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Target 8 Special Investigation: ‘Delay, Deny until they Die’

WATCH: A Target 8 Special Investigation ‘Delay, Deny Until They Die’


Vets group wants Congress to wait for Trump to pass more aggressive VA reform bill

With Trump elected president, Congress should wait to pass a stronger bill that would give the next VA Secretary more power to immediately fire employees, said CVA leader Dan Caldwell.

‘Changing the culture of corruption at the VA’

“With each new scandal, what became abundantly clear is that the VA lacks the tools to discipline or remove its bad actors.”

Here’s why no President, not even Donald Trump, nor Members of Congress can change the corrupt culture of the VA.

Cockroaches served in food at Chicago-area VA hospital

Source: Tori Richards,

“The workers try to brush the cockroaches off the counters, but the bugs get in the food.” 

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Report: VA office in Kansas manipulated data on appeals


In a report released Tuesday, the VA’s inspector general’s office says management instructed staff at the Wichita facility to enter the same “placeholder” diagnostic code for a specific bone infection on 36 appeal claims. None of the patients had the listed condition.

VA failed to contact tens of thousands of veterans with pending health care applications


The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Monday that it failed to contact tens of thousands of the more than 800,000 veterans who have applications for health care pending, nearly 300,000 of whom died before getting a resolution.

 Veteran Patient Physically Abused at Bay Pines/Bill Young VA Medical Center

by Terry Richards

Nothing has changed at the VA since I first wrote this story in 1999. Veteran-Patients are still being subjected to Physical, Emotional, and Verbal Abuse without impunity in most incidents. I will keep these Veteran-Patient Abusers names in the News forever.

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VA won’t reinstate fired employee, despite judge’s ruling

Source: Stars and Stripes

VA Chief Of Opiate Safety Charged In Drug Deaths Of Three

Source: Daily Caller, by Luke Rosiak, Investigative Reporter

By Chip Reid CBS News February 3, 2016, 7:29 PM

Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can’t afford

WASHINGTON — Congress is looking into why veterans are being denied a cure for a deadly form of hepatitis.
In a CBS News investigation, we told you the cure was developed by a doctor working for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Much of the anger at Wednesday’s hearing was directed at someone who wasn’t even in the room.
“If I were you, I would be outraged,” Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, said.
“Certainly the taxpayers should be outraged,” Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana, added.
Their target is Dr. Raymond Schinazi, who played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C. When he sold his company to pharmaceutical giant Gilead in 2012, he made over $400 million.
And he did it all while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA.


Dr. Raymond Schinazi.
CBS News
“So, I’m not full time — what I do with my remaining time is up to me,” Schinazi told CBS News in December.
We asked him if anyone has ever questioned the arrangement that allowed him to become very wealthy while working most of his time for the government.
“Nobody has questioned anything yet,” he said.
That changed Wednesday as House members including Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, grilled David Shulkin, the VA’s undersecretary for Health.
“But he just sold a company for $400 million. Did anybody know about that?” Huelskamp asked.
“I’m not aware of who knew what three or four years ago,” Shulkin responded.
Coffman wanted to know why Schinazi got rich, but the VA got nothing for a drug that one of its own doctors helped develop.
“Is it bureaucratic incompetence or is it corruption, or is it a combination of the two?” Coffman asked. “This wasted resource is why this nation is unable to take care of the men and women who have served this country in uniform.”
Others were upset that Schinazi wasn’t there to be questioned. The VA says Schinazi retired just two days ago.
“The person that’s responsible always seems to retire before the investigation starts,” Coffman said.
The VA did approve Schinazi’s part-time arrangement and told CBS News part-time employees are allowed to invest in private companies, so long as all conflict of interest rules are followed.
The VA said there will be both internal and outside investigations.
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