Failing Upward at the VA

The face of evil. No, not Cruella DeVil (although the error is excusable), this is crooked Kimberly Graves taking the Fifth in front of the Senate.

The face of evil. No, not Cruella DeVil (although the error is excusable), this is crooked Kimberly Graves taking the Fifth in front of the Senate.

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.

via Senior VA Official Demoted for Unethical and Possibly Criminal Behavior Gets New Job — Even Democrats Say It’s ‘Completely Unacceptable’ | Video | TheBlaze.com.

VA-veterans-affairsCurrent VA Secretary McDonald seems to have been completely captured by the thoroughly corrupt, incompetent central bureaucracy of the sprawling agency.

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.

Update

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.

7 thoughts on “Failing Upward at the VA

  1. obsidian

    In spite of the desire to be the Veterans prime care giver and healthcare service the Veterans administration as always will ONLY TREAT SERVICE CONNECTED health problems.
    If you have something that is a normal health issue they will either turn you down flat, charge you like any hospital will except you pay full amount and if you have any other insurance they will bill them and you will pay the deductible and co pay.

    The V. A. is not a healthcare service it is the same old V. A. it always was.

    Turning all qualified veterans over to medicare will result in medicare sinking faster than it is and will cut disabled veterans pay by half.
    Then everyone on medicare will be treated like veterans currently are at the V. A.

  2. Cap'n Mike

    “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.”

    Should be done for 90% of the Federal Government.

  3. Doug

    I see the scope of the lawless disregard for The Rule of Law expanding exponentially by the day by the very nature of corruption of these “elites” lust to retain absolute power.

  4. archy

    Simple enough: set up a *complaint box* mail/e.mail/ phone tip hotline OUTSIDE the VA, and for every VA care complaint received, cut the amount of VA bonuses by one tenth of one percent.

    After the current drone staffers are gone for greener fields, hire vets only, at about three times the present rate. If the problems continue, fall back on the old Roman method, starting at the top.

  5. Olde Shooter

    Here’s a thought: Dump the VA entirely and give all Vets their veteran ID cards to be used as insurance in the healthcare arena and let Uncle Sam pay the bills. Could even put all on Medicare with the seniors and then when any Medicare Gap happens, Uncle Sam pays based upon the vet card being presented. Fair? Hellofalot more fair than the VA system full of docs from other countries that could never exist in private sector because of lack of knowledge and idiot basis. Costs would have to be MUCH lower than the current VA system costs taxpayers.

  6. Brad

    I wonder which administration holds the record for agents and officials pleading the fifth, the Clinton administration or the Obama administration?

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