Another Whistleblower Steps Forward…..VA Office Hid Claims

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Now we know why the VA has been retaliating against whistleblowers:

Inspectors surveying Philadelphia’s Veterans Affairs benefits center in June found two stunning signs of disarray: mail bins brimming with claims dating to 2011 and other benefits that had been paid twice.

More alarming, the team from the VA Office of Inspector General found evidence that staff tasked with managing pensions for the eastern United States were manipulating dates to make old claims appear new, according to a report obtained by The Inquirer.

…Two whistle-blowers who work at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office, where the offenses were discovered, described the process the same: “cooking the books.”

“They’re hiding the real numbers from the people and saying, ‘We’re catching up to the backlog,’ ” said Ryan Cease, 31, who has worked at the Germantown facility for about five years. “But they’re not. They’re just hiding it.”

It gets worse:

The VA Inspector General’s Office said its probe also must address other allegations at the Philadelphia regional office. They include:

Staff “cherry picking” easy claims and processing them out of order to inflate performance.

Staff not addressing more than 32,000 electronic inquiries from veterans regarding the status of their claims.

Staff hiding mail.

Staff shredding military and returned mail that couldn’t be delivered.

Managers being aware of duplicate payments being made to veterans and directing staff to write off the overpayments.

If the VA were a private hospital we would be seeing these department heads in courts for criminal prosecution. Instead they are being allowed to retire, as Shinseki was, or just being told to fix the problem. City after city this kind of stuff is being discovered…and still our veterans wait.

Exit video:

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

4 Responses to “Another Whistleblower Steps Forward…..VA Office Hid Claims”

  1. 1

    Angel Artiste

    This is how the government manages healthcare. If you think Obamacare is a disaster, just wait until they institute Single Payer government-run healthcare. Stay healthy, my friend!

  2. 2

    Nanny G

    I cannot believe you can be that sick and sit quietly by while one medical system screws with you.
    Get to another doctor!
    Illegals never bother to pay a dime, why should any veteran pay out of pocket above what the VA would have charged had they made the timely appointment.
    If you love a veteran and he or she is going through anything like this, don’t let them put up with this crap.
    Get them care outside the VA system.
    Let them get in line to pay after all the illegals start paying.

  3. 3

    Ditto

    Perhaps the Obama administration has figured out the best way to deal with those ‘potential terrorist’ Veterans who are against his “fundamental transformation of America”, is to use the VA as a death panel.

  4. 4

    Randy

    @Nanny G: Nan, veterans understand that jumping the system may adversely affect another veteran. Each of us must do our part by trusting the system we have defended and expecting the government to do right by us. All of us also are aware of the inefficiencies of government systems. Few realize there are alternatives. Sometimes, we just are conditioned to endure our treatment by the government.

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