1,000 Veterans Died While The VA Was Busy Doing This!
While 1,000 Veterans died waiting to be seen by a doctor at the VA, a new report shows $20 million was wasted on high-end art, $16 million being spent during the Obama years.
“In the now-infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor,” wrote Adam Andrzejewski, the founder and CEO of Open the Books, in an editorial forForbes. “Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail. The health claim appeals process was known as ‘the hamster wheel’ and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics.”
The VA spent $21,000 for a 27 foot fake Christmas tree; $32,000 for 62 “local image” pictures for the San Francisco VA; and $115,600 for “art consultants” for the Palo Alto facility.
A “rock sculpture” cost taxpayers $482,960, and more than a half a million dollars were spent for sculptures for veterans that could not see them.
“In an ironic vignette, at a healthcare facility dedicated to serving blind veterans—the new Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center—the agency wasted $670,000 on two sculptures no blind veteran can even see,” Andrzejewski said. “The ‘Helmick Sculpture’ cost $385,000 (2014) and a parking garage exterior wall façade by King Ray Studio for the ‘design, fabrication, and installation of the public artwork’ cost $285,000 (2014).”
“Blind veterans can’t see fancy sculptures, and all veterans would be happier if they could just see a doctor.”
We lose on average 22 veterans a day to suicide, while the VA might not see this as a crisis, many Americans do. Fellow Veterans are at a loss for what is happening to their brothers and sisters that have served this country. We have watched as our politicians stand behind the cameras claiming they care, but do absolutely nothing about the problems.
In reality no one really gives a sh*t what the art on the wall looks like when you walk into the building. We want our men and women to be seen and heard! We want a live person on the other end of that phone when they call in at their most vulnerable time. If this is not something that can be done under government watch. Then it is time to hand over the control to private practice Dr’s that will take the care of our Veterans serious. The image used in the cover of this article is an example of the waste. That Rock Sculpture costs nearly a half a million dollars to sit at the Palo Alto Rehabilitation center for the BLIND!