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When will the madness end?

Normally I find political news these days humorous and somewhat disturbing because I know that it’s all fairly distant from me and my family.  For instance, I know that the whole healthcare discussion is important, but it doesn’t affect me because I’m already part of a socialist healthcare system.

But every once in a while I’ll read something that really upsets me and that has a direct impact on me and those I love most.  I am a veteran.  I might still be on active duty, but I’ve fought in a war as has my father, my grandfather and some of my aunts and uncles.  Fortunately for them and myself, none of us have been severly disabled as a result of fighting in those wars.  But war is real and so are the injuries that come from it.

There are millions of disabled vets out there who depend on the Veterans Administration to help support them with a paycheck every month.  It used to be thought that the VA was the only organization that looked out for veterans’ well being.  Well, I guess I was sorely mistaken.

From Meredith Jessup over at TownHall.com:

A new report by the Veterans’ Affairs Inspector General presents some very disturbing findings:
Outside the Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment. Inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses.

In scathing reports this week, the VA’s inspector general said thousands of technology office employees at the VA received the bonuses over a two-year period, some under questionable circumstances. It also detailed abuses ranging from nepotism to an inappropriate relationship between two VA employees.

Excuse me, but can someone take this knife out of my back?  Thanks.
 

In addition to outrageous bonuses, the “nepotism” from Kimberly Hefling’s article refers to Jennifer S. Duncan, an employee who awarded herself a $60,000 bonus, and granted tuition financing drawn from the Department’s checkbook to a number of employees, including members of her own family.  The “inappropriate relationship” refers to an employee making trips between Florida and Washington where the VA official lived, costing taxpayers $37,000.  In another instance, a part-time intern was given the pay benefits of a full-time employee. 

That bitch should be made an example of.  The punishment should be decided by wounded veterans and their families.

Investigators with the IG’s office are recommending those who received tuition benefits be forced to pay them back–the largest award being $33,000.  In addition to Duncan, other high-ranking employees were awarded bonuses of $73,000, $58,000 and $59,000 between 2007 and 2008.  The article also notes that in 2007 alone, “4,700 employees were awarded bonuses, on average $2,500 each.”

Must be nice to get a bonus without having to commit yourself and your family to a lifetime of servitude and without putting yourself in harm’s way.  I’m sure they certainly deserved it though.

I wonder how many injured American veterans currently awaiting their disability checks think these employees deserved bonuses…

Here, let me guess……..ummmmm.  How about zero!!

Greedy Commie Bastards.

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