Washington D.C. (November 24, 2014) – IAVA released the following statement today after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Sharon Helman, director of the VA health care facilities in Phoenix, has been fired:
“It’s good to finally see accountability in Phoenix,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “We applaud this announcement and Secretary McDonald’s actions. Our veterans deserve accountability and rapid change after the abysmal failures that outraged the nation. However, this is just one step on the long road to restoring trust across the system. We hope to see more people held accountable nationwide and look forward to learning the outcome of multiple ongoing criminal investigations.”
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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 nearly 300,000 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.