A week after a sham “demotion” resulting from corruption that triggered a criminal referral, the VA’s Kimberly Graves miraculously bounced back with a promotion to Assistant Director of the troubled Phoenix Regional Benefits Office. No doubt she will clean up, uh, clean it up.
We mean, really, doesn’t that just look like a face you can trust? And nothing says “trust me” like lawyering up and taking the Fifth.
The promotion comes with a plush transfer and moving allowance. Naturally.
Kimberly Graves, found to have “inappropriately used her position for personal and financial benefit” by the Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General, still faces the possibility of criminal charges as a criminal referral has been submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.
Here’s a suggestion: close the VA. Just put every qualified vet on Medicare with the seniors. Dump the bureaucrats at today’s VA into the Dreaded Private Sector. The Mercedes dealers, jewelers, prep schools for their snob kids, and yacht brokers will get over the financial shock in due course.
Before we could even go live with this report, this new outrage came across our transom:
Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs spent millions of taxpayer dollars promoting the Affordable Care Act to veterans who didn’t even need the coverage, but have dedicated relatively few resources to helping veterans on the agency’s long waiting list get access to their benefits, internal documents show.
Indeed, Read The Whole Thing™: they deliberately misled the vets so as not to have to deal with them.
Close it. Send them home. They’re not helping anything but themselves and their DC cronies.