“You’re fired!” are the famous words of President Donald Trump when he appeared on The Apprentice. Now, that’s not a reality show, for many at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it’s a reality. Trump took out 500 employees at the VA and suspended another 200 VA workers over misconduct, but that’s not all.
According to The Daily Caller:
Five hundred and forty-eight Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have been terminated since President Donald Trump took office, indicating that his campaign pledge to clean up “probably the most incompetently run agency in the United States” by relentlessly putting his TV catch phrase “you’re fired” into action was more than just empty rhetoric.
Another 200 VA workers were suspended and 33 demoted, according to data newly published by the department as part of VA Secretary David Shulkin’s commitment to greater transparency. Those disciplined include 22 senior leaders, more than 70 nurses, 14 police officers, and 25 physicians.
Also disciplined were a program analyst dealing with the Government Accountability Office, which audits the department, a public affairs specialist, a chief of police and a chief of surgery.
Many housekeeping aides and food service workers — lower-level jobs in which the department has employed felons and convicted sex offenders — were also fired.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has come under scrutiny over the past decade, especially following what took place in 2014 at the Phoenix VA with long waiting lists and veterans dying from not getting the care they needed and deserved. Now, it looks as if about 100 veterans have died while waiting for care at the Los Angeles VA.
In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to get rid of bad VA employees and protect whistleblowers. In June, the Senate passed the landmark legislation to provide greater VA accountability and protect whistleblowers. Part of that legislation made it easier to fire incompetent employees. Trump signed the bill.
That legislation was prompted by a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where many veterans died while waiting months to see a doctor.
Recently, we reported that 100 veterans died in Los Angeles while waiting for care they needed.
Finally, we’re seeing some action taken on behalf of some of Americans’ most beloved, our veterans. This is a much welcome action on behalf of the Trump administration.
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