Filed under: Military, News, Politics | Tags: Disability Pay, Inspector General, Support the Troops!, Veterans
It’s Friday, and time for another Washington scandal. Severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside the Veterans Affairs Department, money has been flowing to the bureaucrats in the form of $24 million in bonuses.
In scathing reports this week, the VA’s inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.
Bonuses in amounts over $50,000; improperly authorized college tuition payments for VA employees; $37,000 worth of travel on the government’s ticket to see a boyfriend are just some of the problems unearthed by the inspector general.
The numbers of claims the VA needs to process have increased , and the Office of Information and Technology is tasked with improving the technological infrastructure to handle the increase. The backlog has allowed some veterans to wait months for a disability check.
The VFW and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) the top Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee are speaking out, and the proper corrective actions will no doubt take place. If somebody is going to suffer, it should not be our wounded veterans. They deserve the best the nation can give them.