CVA: Demotion of Rubens and Graves Reveals VA’s Institutional Rot
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) CEO Pete Hegseth issued the following statement regarding the demotion of Department of Veterans Affairs officials Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves:
“Apparently, actions that result in referral of criminal charges to the Department of Justice are not serious enough to merit being fired at the VA. Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, in addition to other top VA executives, knowingly and purposefully defrauded American taxpayers and robbed the VA of resources that should have gone to providing care to veterans, and yet will keep their jobs at the VA, jobs which quite possibly will earn them six-figure salaries.
“This institutional rot starts at the top. Secretary McDonald bears responsibility not only for the culture in which this corruption was allowed to fester, but also for the failure to hold those involved accountable for this shameful abuse of veterans. His refusal to take meaningful action is perhaps the clearest evidence yet that he is part of the VA’s culture problem, not the solution. If he will not fire employees who knowingly violate federal rules, misuse tax dollars and show the utmost contempt for veterans and their needs, he should follow Ms. Rubens and Ms. Graves out the door. His weakness and inability as a leader has never been more apparent.”
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