Congressional hearing on VA whistleblower retaliation

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Beginning at about 9;30 am,  9/22/2015,   The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs began a hearing…

Improving VA Accountability: Examining First-Hand Accounts of Department of Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers

Sean Kirkpatrick,   Brandon Coleman, Ph.D. (c), LISAC,  Joseph Colon and  Shea Wilkes  testified…( Sean’s brother committed suicide after being fired in retaliation for raising concerns about over-medication at Tomah…Brandon,  Joseph and Shea spoke of their own experience after coming forward…)

Their testimony was powerful…Questions asked them by the committee were thoughtful and pertinent…The Committee members expressed concern and seemed to say that something would finally be done about the continuing illegal harassment and retaliation the is suffered by those who come forward to report VA wrongdoing…

Watch the hearing for yourself here

However,  The committee chairman,  Senator Ron Johnson,  made it clear that this was supposedly a first step in a long drawn out process, at least for him.  It certainly is not a first step for Vets and others who have been screaming for reforms for years.   The evidence is there…why isn’t it being used?

Senator Johnson did say that any person who felt uncomfortable going to their superiors or the VAOIG could go to a website set up by his office…

whistleblower@ronjohnson@senate.gov

to report problems…

So…Watch the hearing…see if you think something is finally being…Make a comment…I’d like to hear what you think…

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