CVA Statement on VA’s Refusal to Hold Cincinnati VA Leaders Accountable
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Press Secretary John Cooper released the following statement regarding the VA’s announcement that it will not terminate Jack Hetrick and Barbara Temeck, even in the face of claims by dozens of VA whistleblowers of poor care and unethical behavior at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center: “The VA’s announcement that it will allow Jack Hetrick to retire, and temporarily reassign Barbara Temeck, is yet more evidence of the department’s refusal to embrace true accountability. “The most notable aspect of today’s announcement is that the VA has expanded its list of offenses for which it will not fire employees. We already knew that VA employees who manipulate wait lists and steal money from taxpayers are safe from accountability, and the VA has made clear that it will not take strong action against those who illegally prescribe medication, tolerate contaminated equipment or collect salary for work they did not perform. “To suggest that these individuals have been held accountable, while they continue to collect generous, taxpayer-funded benefits, is to embrace fantasy. Secretary McDonald has refused to step up and challenge federal bureaucrats and special interests, and our veterans are the ones paying for it.”
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