Pete Hegseth (Fox) had a long interview with him but just part of it was on Fox minutes ago. They will be running more of the interview all week. It will be based on a stack of emails from Fox viewers from the veteran's community.
A few points came up-Per Pete- the fact that some VA employees are absent a lot ,use cocaine, and watch porn at work---yet are protected by union ( no surprise there) and The Secretary seems determined to gain the accountability that VA needs to get rid of these people. The Sec said what I have said here many times, and many of you say here as well..... there are MANY great people who work for the VA---but it is the ones who don't do a good job, who make it harder for the good ones to be fully viable.The Secretary has talked to some of the whistleblowers and wants their concerns taken seriously and looked into...the brief interview will probably be on later again in the show
As it stands the AFGE has made the VA a great place to work, knowing one cannot get fired-unless maybe those who have had criminal offenses, like stealing VA meds and selling them.. their doctors usually dont fired for negligence/malpractice and just go on to a different VAMC if there is a documented proven trail of malpractice.The claims system is rampant with incompetence as claimants are forced onto to BVA hamster wheel, often to get remands....re dos of what the VA should have done in the first place. He will have a diffiult job but seems determined to be the "reformer" he was hired to be.Pete Hegseth has had a lot of input into the many bills before Congress that asked for accountability of the VA system,yet it seemed that was the last thing the former Secretary wanted.It was the main part of the new Sec's very first interview in his new cabinet post. Maybe we will finally get a long overdue re -haul of the system.I was thrilled that vets took the time to send emails to Fox News or to Hegseth, to raise issues that will be in the rest of the interview this week.
Buck, a quick blip of the Sec was just on Fox News...6 AM here so I think he will be in their 7 AM show...
if he gives out contact # or hot line, I will be sure to let everyone know.
Fox News (Channel 360 DirecTV) has been on top of all of the VA scandals...for years .
The President watches Fox and knows of some of the main problems VA has.
I know we get a lot of "how long to get my c-file" questions, so I like to post my results for the record. In 2013 is was about 3 months and that was a paper mess. Lots of duplicates and in no order whatsoever.
Now, I put in a request October 14, 2016 and I see on eBenefits its closed with a February 15, 2017. So, thats 4 months, 1 day.
Not sure what I am getting in the mail, but from recent posts, some say it could be a CD.
I will report on what I get in the mail and let everyone know. And, if its a mess or not.
Another win, small, but a win,
File a complaint with the Dr's state (licensing board). The fact that he claimed he denied everyone can be validated by his record. The fact that he said he reviewed your evidence should be verified in the DBQ. Your evidence should have been in your records and when he stated he reviewed them, he should have given you a competent recommendation... I am assuming that there were indisputable facts in your VISTA/CPRS history that he identified. When he states that he reviewed those records, and fails to account for what they contain, then provides a negative report, the man is guilty of a crime. He can also lose his license.
(Falsification of medical records is a felony. When you falsify medical records, knowingly and unlawfully for the purpose of (fill in the blank), you may be charged in court for felony. The potential penalty for this is usually a maximum of five years in prison, or a $250,000 fine. )
Report the guy to the IG as well, the IG is responsible for investigating crimes committed by Federal Employee's.