I was under the impression that the “VA scandal” was ongoing and multiple scandals now, but the point is taken. The VA has not headed in the right direction since the the problems at the department became major news.
Here we see the inherent danger in large bureaucracies. Even when everyone knows there are horrible things going wrong it’s almost impossible to solve the problems because the system works to protect itself before serving its “customers.” This is the essence of “big government.” Nothing is precise. Few are accountable. The key is to go along to get along. Everyone clings to their job until the payoff of retirement.
Meanwhile veterans, who are in pain, fall by the wayside. Or in many cases just die.
Sadly, some will insist that even more money needs to be pumped into the system. This is a foolish tack. If anything we should work to help vets find treatment outside of the VA system.
(From Veterans Today)
One year after an explosive Veterans Affairs scandal sparked national outrage, the number of veterans on wait lists to be treated for everything from Hepatitis C to post-traumatic stress is 50 percent higher than at the same time last year, according to VA data.