It isn't a VA 'scandal', it's the Country served and through their Representatives 'SCANDAL', decades long and wars from as they ignore the issues so they need not pay for! Wars over no need to wave them patriotic, patriotism posers, flags! Nothing more to see or need to do here, move along!
"In fiscal 2013, the VA spent about $4.8 billion, or about one-tenth of its healthcare costs, on private care, often for veterans who live far from VA facilities or veterans in need of care unavailable at a VA facility."
this VA started addressing long ignored issues of previous decades and wars from, since Korea and even WWII issues, with interest and problems created by the people and their reps taking from those budgets to fix. Instead of the flag wavin country building and just maintaining and advancing the Agency that should have always been, thus costing less to operate and with quality!!
Politics being brought into their Government jobs to help create the 'scandals' so Congress, instead of doing their jobs have fresh mortar rounds to throw at the dedicated civil servants they so despise. Or is it purely greed seeking more compensation and accolades on performance with no concern as to their oaths to those they are charged to care for, private sector is loaded with those types and we call them the best of the best!
Long Time Example of just one Long Ignored Military, and wars, Veterans' issue:
Conservatives Pro-Business right-wing Think Tank American Enterprise Institutes own Sally Satel, Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money! Nemesis of us Vietnam Veterans who fought for recognition of for the brothers and sisters suffering with and not only as to Vietnam and war PTS but the Civilian personal from their traumatic life experiences as well! She, and some others, have made very lucrative livings writing and speaking in denial of, giving reason to country and politicians serving them to ignore, and thus have the blood of hundreds of thousands of not only military, military veterans but civilians who suffer the ravages from extreme trauma's, on just one long of many ignored issues by those served issue so they need not pay for care!
Long Long Time Conservative Want, Government Privatization:
In government means corporate profits off the peoples treasury with one way to add to those profits is raising taxes of everyone below that so called 1 or 2%. Ability to legislate added fee's to increase those profits for the corporate entities and wall street investors in is another. With no regulations, pretending to have oversite so the skeleton work force of the government agencies would still take all blame in the new world of government of the people by the people and for the people because there would be no accountability for those corporate entities. We already have that all across the government, the NSA, the National Security Security Clearances, Navy yard shootings and more, the passed Policies that in this time outsources the building of the websites, ACA some four years to do, so the public has ease in participating in the policies that are there for them, and on and on and on.................., with stock prices rising and those who con their way to the top grow vastly wealthy and their spoiled offspring are the news followed after them top folks are rotting away or in ashes already, or even before!!!
The Country that 'Talks the Talk' but rarely 'Walks the Walk', patriotism posers who loves the free wars and ignore any sacrifice as to the long term results from, while ignoring the many issues of Veterans, those that served them, especially as a result of our wars, their representatives leading that ignoring while attacking the under funded VA, decades now and wars from, they control the purse strings of the Country!
The Fallen Brothers and Sisters and Our Veterans Community are Not a Corporate Marketing Tool Especially on Memorial and Veterans' Days!!!!!!!
Long Past Time, Decades and War Of, Those We've Served Stand Up and Take Blame For Lack of Sacrifice From:
PTSD, Agent Orange, Chemical Exposures, Gulf War Syndrome, Homelessness, National Cemetaries, to Name But Only a Few, Including Issues From These Two Present Long Occupations, Totally Ignored Now Being Addressed by This VA and the Executive Branch Cabinet Helping the Long Under Funded Peoples Responsibility, the VA