IAVA Reacts to the Testimony of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric ShinsekiCONTACT: Gretchen Andersen (212) 982-9699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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IAVA Reacts to the Testimony of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki
Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino Says VA needs to be upfront, eradicate problems within the system
IAVA Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino released the following statement following the hearing:
“Today’s testimony from Secretary Shinseki did not restore confidence that VA senior leadership is responding with action and not just concern. Our members are outraged. And we need to see a bold plan to address these allegations.
The Committee highlighted previous reports of scheduling failures and possible cover-ups. Yet still, the Secretary did not detail exactly how the VA holds its employees accountable when these concerns are raised. Today we heard plans to investigate, but few plans on how the VA will actually solve the problem in the coming critical days and weeks.
The evidence provided so far demands immediate action. The VA cannot simply wait for the conclusion of the Inspector General's review to overhaul its system of accountability.”
Veterans and their families who have concerns about their treatment at the VA can go here.
Earlier today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) announced they are joining together to protect VA staff who come forward with information about agency wrongdoing.
As part of the effort, the organizations have launched a secure website, www.VAOversight.org, where VA employees can get in touch with POGO and IAVA. The effort combines IAVA’s deep knowledge of the VA system with POGO’s experience working with whistleblowers to expose federal wrongdoing.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation's first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, IAVA recently received the highest rating - four-stars - from Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.
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