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Year in review: These are the 10 worst #VAFails of 2023

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By Concerned Veterans for America

If you’re a faithful follower of Concerned Veterans for America, you’ve read a #VAFail or two this year.  

But what is the worst of the worst? 

From bullying good employees out of their jobs to actively hiding information from FOIA requests to fatal mishandling of care, it’s been a year of failure at the VA. And while there are laws in place to hold the VA accountable and give veterans access to community care, the VA has proven time and again it has one priority – itself. 

Here’s a look at the top #VAFails we covered in 2023. 


VA employee sheds light on a dream job turned nightmare 

Army veteran Jessica Villarreal was bullied out of the VA for standing up for her veteran patients. 

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Veteran dies after VA hospital couldn’t confirm he was a veteran 

A veteran in Florida died after being brought to a VA emergency room and denied care because the staff couldn’t confirm he was a veteran, even though he had been a patient at that hospital. 

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The VA is actively withholding documents that could reveal more wait-time manipulation 

Even after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the VA has still withheld information from the public about how they manage care. What are they hiding? 

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South Carolina VA facility did not provide quality care, potentially leading to veteran’s suicide 

A veteran committed suicide in a VA facility after being left alone in an exam room for hours without staff checking in. 

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Silencing those who question quality of VA care 

Whistleblowers shed light on bad behavior inside the VA, but reports show retaliation against them has risen. 

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Veterans’ brain injuries misdiagnosed, leaving them without needed care and benefits 

Wisconsin veterans seeking answers about traumatic brain injuries were routinely misdiagnosed, and even accused of having bad motives for pursuing benefits. 

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Veterans’ deaths connected to botched electronic health records system rollout 

A long-troubled electronic health record update has led to more than 100 cases of harm to veterans, including several deaths. 

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The VA can fire its poorly performing staff. So why isn’t it? 

The VA secretary told Congress his agency wasn’t using a landmark accountability law much to fire employees. Meanwhile, employees with piles of evidence as to why they should be fired are still employed. 

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Wheelchair-bound Montana veteran wants to fix the VA so younger vets don’t face the same fate 

Air Force veteran Ed Moeglein has spent years begging the VA to better manage his care and chronic pain. He has been answered with cold indifference. 

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Veteran’s arm has to be amputated after receiving poor care at Baltimore VA 

A Maryland veteran went to the VA with pain in his hand and a ring stuck around his finger. Several days later, his arm had to be amputated, thanks in part to the VA’s “substandard” care. 

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Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be this way for veterans. The VA could be following the law and letting veterans access the care they need. But the department chooses instead to prioritize itself and skirt accountability every step of the way.  

In 2024, we’ll continue the fight to ensure veterans get access to needed care and the VA is held accountable to those it serves. 


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