A day to remember: A day of remembrance for victims of the VA scandal
The story of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System is about to be turned upside down.
As the Trump administration continues to roll back the VA health care reforms, its victims will find themselves under new scrutiny.
The VA scandal has been unfolding for months, with the first VA whistle-blower to speak publicly publicly revealing his story in a Washington Post op-ed published last month.
The story of former employee Daniel Mims has also emerged in a series of revelations that have rocked the VA.
The first whistle-op came in March of 2017, when whistleblower Joseph McQuade was placed on administrative leave and later resigned.
The VA later announced it would pay him $1.8 million for the alleged whistleblower’s wrongful termination.
In March of 2018, the VA announced it was cutting down on the number of whistleblowers who have come forward in the past few years, and they will not receive pay.
“The VA will not tolerate retaliation of any kind and will not condone retaliation,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said in a statement.
“In addition, the Government Accountability Office will continue to independently investigate the VA, and we will continue our oversight of VA health programs.”
The VA has been under scrutiny since the Trump Administration took office.
In October 2017, then-Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shultz was forced to resign over allegations of widespread abuse of veterans.
The same month, the House of Representatives voted to end a rule that had allowed VA workers to receive pay raises and other bonuses for doing their jobs without needing approval from Congress.
In early 2018, lawmakers began a House investigation into the VA after a whistleblower revealed widespread mistreatment of veterans by top leaders at the agency.
The report was released in September 2018.
The investigation into allegations of rampant abuse was led by the Office of the Inspector General.
The inspector general is an independent federal agency that investigates allegations of wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The Trump administration has since cut funding to the agency, which has now been under congressional oversight for more than two years.
In September, the White House announced the VA would be cut in half, and the VA was given another two years to comply with congressional oversight requests.
The Senate has since begun a separate investigation into alleged misconduct by the VA and has yet to make any decisions on how it will respond to the VA’s claims.