Fitton: The Continuing Scandal at the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Office

| February 15, 2019

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I tend to stay out of the continuing saga of the VA, as I don’t use the services offered. No dog of mine in that fight, but I try to stay abreast of the ups and downs experienced by my fellow TAHers, sympathize with the poor service rendered and hope for better conditions. Then this link was e-mailed to me by a friend.

By: Tom Fitton
Veterans Affairs officials in Los Angeles are blatantly ignoring the needs of veterans and appear to be running some kind of business out of their offices. Despite Judicial Watch’s lawsuits, the outrages continue, as their Corruption Chronicles blog reports.

The Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) facility that illegally rents its sprawling grounds to institutions that don’t serve veterans just evicted several groups dedicated to veterans, including a nonprofit that for decades has comforted dying vets and another that helps those who are disabled. While the VA gave the volunteer organizations the boot without offering an explanation, it continues housing a parking lot for nearby upscale shops, a university baseball stadium, a dog park for the professional dog walkers of affluent residents, and athletic fields for a fancy prep school.

It marks the latest of several scandals involving the misuse of this VA property, where a top official pleaded guilty to multiple felonies last year for taking bribes from a parking lot operator that defrauded the agency out of millions. This month at least five established nonprofits dedicated to providing veterans with therapeutic activities, counseling and other valuable survival skills have been evicted while private businesses that don’t benefit vets remain

The Jewish War Veterans is among the organizations that just got kicked out along with Twilight Brigade, the Disabled American Veterans, Vet-to-Vet and the Association for Parrot C.A.R.E., which provides therapeutic activities for vets at its parrot sanctuary. A local newspaper reported the latest travesty at the southern California VA this week, but Judicial Watch has for years investigated, sued and obtained government documents involving the VA’s illegal use of this parcel..

If ever there was an example of a corruptocracy needed, one needn’t look further than VA in Los Angles. Which upon reflection, isn’t really all that surprising, considering the location. And since Government workers are involved it’s nearly impossible to take administrative action against those responsible. Legal action seems to be the only way cull the herd.

The rest of this travesty may be viewed here: LA’s VA

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AnotherPat

Testing…Testing..Testing…

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HMC Ret

The bounced the DAV? I don’t believe they thought that move through very well. I’m thinking the DAV has enough power to bring a real shitstorm down on their asses. Nothing the VA does would surprise me. I saw it firsthand for over a decade.

SFC D

Where does the money trail lead?

Ret_25X

There are so many corruptocrats to choose from…

Surely this would not lead to moonbeam, newsome, feinstein, waters, etc?

Naw…never been any corruption there….

NHSparky

Shit like this has been going on there for decades.

One more reason I never availed myself to their services when I got out. Santa Monica is too much of a PITA to deal with as it is.

Mason

Studies have shown that we only catch 10% of drunk drivers. I’d wager we catch that or less of the fraud, waste, and abuse of government resources.

Gravel

For those that don’t know, I am 100% service connected disabled (a quadriplegic), and I have been using the VA for several years now. I’ve had both horrible and fantastic experiences at VA Hospitals all over the country. One of the finest neurologists that I’ve ever been treated by was at the Washington D.C. VA Hospital. However, that particular hospital was a shit hole and was falling apart at the seams, and it had a… Read more »

5th/77th FA

Gravel I’m glad that you finally got the quality of care and attention to your needs that you should have been getting from day one. Every Veteran should be getting the same level of care no matter where they are. The scum that have been riding the system, cheating the system, and ripping off the taxpayers should have a visit from Bubba, Julio, Thor, and Mr. Tiny. And that is after their ill gotten gains… Read more »

AnotherPat

Gravel,

5th/77th FA nailed it when he wrote:

“I’m glad that you finally got the quality of care and attention to your needs that you should have been getting from day one. Every Veteran should be getting the same level of care no matter where they are.”

Thank you for recognizing the Chillicothe VA Hospital. It is a blessing to read the folks there are kind and professional and that you happy with their service.

Thunderstixx

The Milwaukee VA worked their asses off saving my life three times. The first one was in 2005 for diverticulitis with a ruptured intestine with peritonitis both pre and post op. I was in and out of the hospital for three and a half years and I learned what a pain level of 8 was. My Surgical Resident, Dr Whitehouse, sat with me for about 36 hours and took me all over the hospital for… Read more »

Green Thumb

Stay strong, brother.

26Limabeans

I like dogs. Prefer them to most people.
The dog thing with vets is way out of hand.
Dog business is booming because every vet needs a therapy dog.
And they are all non-profit of course.

From what I’ve seen here, a lot of this stuff
is mixed in that sundae we often refer to.

Ex-PH2

I have cats. The only therapy they provide is acknowledging my existence by whining when I’m late with their meals.

SFC D

I have a dog. Sammy the wonderdog. I am his service/therapy animal.

Jarhead

On the rear bumper of my truck reads a sticker that says, “The more people I meet, the more I like my dog”. On with the show. Right now the VA is in the midst of a damned mess of greedy bastards who are looking out for themselves ONLY. Even our Congressional representative has tried to raise hell with the head brass, but they pay the person nothing but lip service, and the person knows… Read more »

Thunderstixx

WOW !!!!
Thank you very much for that information !!!
I love this place !!!

Jarhead

Tstix….when the time comes and you use this special help line, please let us all know how it worked out for you. there are so MANY who need to know about these wonderful folks. The more who know about it and make use of it, the more who can share it with other vets. We are obligated to pass it on. If you comment about successful use, leave my name out of it….just as I… Read more »

Ret_25X

Jarhead, I copy: Now here’s the kicker. If ANY veteran is EVER mistreated or ignored, here is what you do…Call the White House Veteran’s Complaint Line at (855) 948-2311. These people are SERIOUS and will personally contact the VA facility you are having a problem with and ring their bell. Call that number with a legitimate complaint and I personally GUARANTEE you that they will have the facility of your complaint calling you back within… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™️

Will they ever be able to even scratch the surface at getting rid of corruption in the VA?

Hate_me

Temporary stand-down – shut down all administrative functions except essential functions needed to preserve life/limb/eyesight (and leave the medical specialists alone – except those with a history of neglect/abuse/fraud). Only hire or allow back veterans or those who have proven their commitment to service members (i.e. volunteering with Soldiers’ Angels or have outstanding recommendations from their patients) to work in the administration of the system. I realize it’s not that simple, and I’m no expert,… Read more »

11B-Mailclerk

Call it a “command” and some folks would fight deathmatches with chainsaws for the opportunity. Give them the authority to flog corrupt folks, and we won’t have enough chainsaws to go around. On a more serious note, there should be -harsh- penalties for even simple corruption of a government position. Prison, impoverishment, and Public humiliation, even the Lash, might make a dent. Make this particular crime very much not pay. For the infection spreads, and… Read more »

Hate_me

I would, very much, like to see the equivalent of a Oise-Aisne Plot E for those folk. They are the cancer in the system.

Ret_25X

public corruption should be treated as seriously as treason…no…it should be treason. Death by pressurization tank…put them in, pressurize as if a deep sea dive, then restore to sea level as quickly as the valve will allow. Sit back, film result. For those in “admin” positions in the government who steal by work slow down, inattention, or negligence, we should have a work camp. 18 hours a day at hard labor. One day in camp… Read more »

HMC Ret

Do away with the union. At my VA, most of the support (clerical) staff are veterans and many are retired. My own clerk is a slug and retiree. The union’s primary purpose is to protect the no loads. In 11 years working for the VA, I know of fewer than five employees who were ever reprimanded for their shitty attitude. Even then, those employees received their annual bonus. Short of committing a felony, their job… Read more »

AnotherPat

To give perspective on the article Ed posted: Here is an interesting investigation news article on Richard Scott, owner of the parking lot, as well as Ralph Tillman, the VA Contract Officer who took bribes from Scott: “EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE A $13 MILLION FRAUD AND BRIBERY SCHEME AT THE VA”: https://abc7.com/fraud-scheme-cost-socal-va-$13-million/4345157/ Richard Scott’s cars were auctioned: “This Ferrari F40, Forfeited in a Fraud Scheme, Sold for $760,000 at a US Marshal’s Service Auction”: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/Car-Auction-Ferrari-F40-Seized-Automobiles-US-Marshals-Investigation-Parking-Lot-VA-Scheme-505367551.html The Love… Read more »

Jarhead

Another Pat….apparently no one ever heard of bonding upper level (especially those who control funds one way or another) employees. That skip can happen to anyone. Anyone who is a damned criminally insane moron, that is! V A obviously has a history of cultural issues…..upper level party employees believe it is their own piggy bank to reach into.

26Limabeans

Reminds me of that Burkett? guy a couple years back. Drove a Rolls or Bently.
I think he is in jail. He was featured here but I can no find him.

HMC Ret

“The former VA contract officer was immediately taken into custody by U.S. marshals to begin serving five months in federal prison, …”

He stole $286,000 and gets five months? So for each month he serves, he made $57,200? It’s good work if you can get it.

Ret_25X

the fish rots from the head.

Bad management hires bad employees.

Bad employees create a toxic location.

CAPT Bones

I’ll speak for thousands of now practicing physicians who had the opportunity to train as medical students or intern/residents at any VA Hospital. When I look back at medical school my fondest memories are at the VA in Oklahoma City. The vets liked us, learned our names, and frequently slipped us their AM cinnamon rolls when they had seen us up all night and now sagging on morning rounds. If they weren’t in their bed,… Read more »

IDC SARC

The VA is THE organization that trains more medical personnel than any other organization.

Most physicians rotate in a VA facility at some point. I even rotated through VA facilites as an IDC student.

IDC SARC

Here’s a paper wif some numbahs ta crunch.

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/includes/viewPDF.cfm?id=2747

LCpl Rhodes

The VA is a shithole institution. I’d sooner die than receive any treatment from there. One Trump/Republican Administration policy I absolutely support is the contracting out of the VA. The sooner that happens, the sooner they start cutting everything to save costs, and then the organization just fucking implodes and goes away. I’d love to see the VA destroyed in my lifetime. It’s the biggest fucking waste of government money ever. You want my solution… Read more »