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July 17, 2017

#VAFail – At the Manchester VA, good performance ratings don’t equal good performance

One of the VA’s better-rated facilities has come under fire on multiple fronts for misconduct and poor quality of care for its patients. Whistleblowers at the Manchester, New Hampshire VA – the only VA hospital in New Hampshire – claim that facilities are unsanitary and infested with flies, veterans are waiting extensive amounts of time… Read more »

July 10, 2017

#VAFail – VA sends veteran the confidential records of 12 other vets

Is the VA just going to say, “Oh no, not again” to the same mistake being made over and over? That has been the response by VA staff in the past when notified of confidential records being sent to the wrong person. Strict laws exist to protect the privacy of medical records, yet the medical… Read more »

June 29, 2017

#VAFail – GAO Report Finds VA Failing to Keep Updated Data and Records

It’s common sense: accurate record-keeping is the foundation of any successful business or organization. It’s a reflection of the respect the organization has for its customers and their needs. But common sense has been in short supply in recent years at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Following reports of VA budget challenges and previous VA… Read more »

June 13, 2017

#VAFail – No Prosecutions for VA Officials Accused of Lying to Congress about Aurora Construction Scandal

The construction of the Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, CO has been an ongoing scandal. First the VA ignored repeated warnings that the project was behind schedule and over budget. Then it fined the employee who raised those concerns. The contractor quit, leaving behind unfinished facilities after the VA was found in breach of… Read more »

June 9, 2017

#VAFail – VA Overpays Outside Providers to the Tune of $17 Million

The VA doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to responsible spending. In the past the department has blown money on solar panels that were never used, tried to pay nearly $10 million to build 25 parking spots, and spent nearly $2 billion so far on a new hospital that’s still unfinished…. Read more »

June 5, 2017

#VAFAIL—Missing Veteran Found Dead in VA Hospital Parking Lot

When a veteran didn’t come home after an appointment at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center, the family allegedly repeatedly begged hospital staffers for help finding him. According to reports, after two days of waiting, the man’s sister went and searched the medical center’s parking lot herself. She found his body slumped over the steering… Read more »

June 1, 2017

#VAFAIL – Michigan VA Unsafe Blood Transfusion Practices Prove Near-Fatal for Veteran

A recent report of negligence and neglect from the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Michigan highlights the urgent need for VA accountability. Two years ago, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) responded to a complaint involving a veteran who received an unsafe blood transfusion at Battle Creek. The caregiver had full access to the… Read more »