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VA Spends Millions on Conference Rooms / Office Decor While Veterans Die Waiting for Services

1801252_716094278453421_8336432336574627928_oThanks 2 Million Bikers to DC for this photo that perfectly encompasses what went down.

Our Veterans survive conflict on foreign soil, then return home to be MURDERED by our own VA.

Information surfacing during questioning on the VA, is a shameful testimony of abuse and mismanagement at the least and negligent homocide at the most.

The testimony and facts already uncovered paint a shameful and outrageous picture of how our Veterans died waiting for much needed treatement and services…. their long waits being hidden under “creative scheduling” techniques … all the while, millions of dollars were being spent on fancy conference rooms, designer decor and offices for VA employees.

This rises above the level of people losing jobs.
What has been uncovered already, rises to the level of criminal charges.
© 2014 JAN MORGAN

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 9.16.23 PMVA Secretary Shinseke

Information surfacing during questioning on the VA, is a shameful testimony of abuse and mismanagement at the least and negligent homocide at the most.
The testimony and facts already uncovered paint a shameful, outrageous picture of how our Veterans died waiting for much needed treatement and services…. their long waits being hidden under “creative scheduling” techniques … all the while, millions of dollars were being spent on fancy conference rooms, designer decor and offices for VA employees.

VA Secretary Shinseki is in the hot seat. He has much explaining to do about delays at numerous VA hospitals and a long list of serious problems and allegations of falsifying wait times, which were reported by major news organizations.

According to the VA Budget Fast Facts total VA funding (projected 2015) has gone up nearly 68% from 2009. This is astounding considering that the care that these veterans has continually been decreased. And the latest state of affairs shows that the VA has spent nearly $500 million upgrading their offices.

One contract awarded $6.8 million for construction of a conference room and facilities at its Carol Stream, Ill., office. That renovation is ongoing and is expected to be completed next April.

The VA’s San Juan, Puerto Rico office spent $1.8 million on new office furniture, and one of its Virginia offices spent $1.9 million on “systems office furniture.” That project is expected to be completed at the end of this month.

Another $1.4 million is currently being spent on a yearlong third floor renovation project for the “design, purchase/installation of furniture” in Saint Petersburg, Fla. That is expected to be completed on Sep. 17. The Free Beacon found a second contract for the same office signed earlier this year in which $267,131, for “non-upholstered wood household furniture manufacturing.”

The VA also spent $1.8 million for “systems furniture” in Philadelphia; $1.8 million for “multi-functional, mobile, enhance learning space” in Tampa; $1.8 million for “showcases, partitions, shelving” for its Los Angeles office.

To make the office makeovers complete, draperies, roller shades, and cornice boxes were also purchased. The VA spent $10.7 million in the past five fiscal years on curtains and draperies.

Some of those contracts include $454,085 for “cubical curtains and draperies” for its Brecksville, Ohio, office. The Pittsburg, Pa., VA office spent $382,879 on window shades which were just installed in January.

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  • kcg

    This doesn’t surprise me. The offices in NC are horrible, with unprofessional doctors.

  • Hoodoo H

    Simply sick. The VA should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      They have no shame.

      • Hoodoo H

        Surely seems that way.
        My Grandfather died in a VA Hosp, and that was years ago… Now things are even worse.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          And people are not up in arms about obamacare? The current va revelations will be nothing compared to the neglect and abuse EVERYBODY will be enduring.

          • Hoodoo H

            Agreed.

  • foxxybey

    Had a eye exam over a month ago and suppose to have a operation, haven’t heard a word from them and the next appointment if it ever comes is for another eye exam before the operation, at the rate they are going I’ll be blind in that eye before anything is done. This Vet is getting mad and hot.

  • rs1123

    Hey! Let’s put the government in charge of healthcare for ALL of us!

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Yeah, let’s call it obamacare! Just make sure all the people who pushed so hard to get this made into law are exempt from the suffering this law brings about.

  • kenneth shray

    My own experience with the denver V.A. has been horrible.A doctor at the denver v.a.m.c. hospital told me last summer that in the fall of 2013,I would have surgery to put a mesh implant into my lower-abdomen to hold a hernia in place.Here we are two months almost into spring 2014 and I’ve not heard from the V.A.. My veteran liason rep. in denver,{ wilson-farner-glover }worked in collusion with the colorado coalition for the homeless,who run the shelter, to have me exited from the shelter the V.A. sent me to when I became homeless, ,just a month more and I get put out,made homeless again,because my job prospects are limited due to the hernia and impending surgery.In the year I’ve been at [ beacon-place] I worked for six months at a retirement community in the kitchen,until I was terminated for an unjust reason.So now you good folks get a glimpse at how some V.A. reps. actually work against the veteran,and bring unjust hardship,where there should be a major increase in assistance toward the veteran in their care.I call for the termination of wilson glover immediately. And folks I’ve never missed a nightly curfew or been written-up for a rule violation.I don’t smoke or drink any liquor.SEMPER-FIDELIS-MARINES

  • Ron

    I tried to get my Congressman to investigate our VA hospital and its money spending but he told me that he could not do anything, that he was just a Congressman. I told him otherwise but it did no good. Then the Congressman believed all the lies told him by the VA employees.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Have you considered removing that congressman, by any means necessary?

  • TeaParty Patriot

    .
    this is the result of putting government bureaucrats in charge of healthcare, something they know nothing about.
    .
    you now know the result of the owebomb euthanasia/genocide plan.
    .
    the main objective of government management will be showing the supervisor that the local administrator is providing as economical service as possible even if it means putting some of the patients on hold. the problem comes in when the patients diseases or illnesses do not recognize the bureaucrats “hold”.
    .

    • Daniel F. Melton

      If I’m checking out because some officious clown can’t be bothered, I’m not going alone. What can they do to me afterwards? I’ll be dead soon enough anyway.

      • TeaParty Patriot

        .
        The problem is getting to the “officious clown” You will never be able to find the person (some anonymous pencil pusher administrator bean counter) who made the decision to buy curtains for the office as opposed to providing you with the medical care you need to sustain life.
        .
        The only solution is to start at the bottom and work your way to the top.
        .

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Maybe take one alive and ask appropriate questions? Starting at the bottom might be somewhat more immediately satisfying, but there is a time factor to consider.

  • Larry

    Speaking of the appointment schemes, last Nov 2013, I received a letter from scheduling that I needed to make an appointment to see a Cardiologist. I called, was told the earliest appointment was Mar 2014. Also in Nov 2013, I saw an Ophthalmologist because I was unable to see with my left eye due to a cataract. The earliest I could see a surgeon was Mar 2014. These are just a sample of what has been going on at the St Louis VA.
    I saw tonight that St Louis also had a whistleblower doctor. Also as a note, when I saw the Cardiologist, I mentioned the appointment situation, already have an appointment for my next visit. Wondering if what is now come to light is the reason for already having an appointment.

  • dc

    This is just an example of what’s happening throughout the fed.gov as a whole. I suspect some dog wagging here. Lets dissect what’s happening at say…IRS, EPA or DHS. We have a culture of tax, spend and waste, starting at the top.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Read up on the cloward-piven strategy to collapse the national economy.

  • Daniel F. Melton

    Please note that the bureaucrats ALWAYS get paid. Keep this in mind when thinking about obamacare…

    • TeaParty Patriot

      .
      Not owebomb care . . . . the owebomb euthanasia/genocide plan
      .
      .
      Owe bomb . . . . . we owe for every bomb that the owebomb drops on us.
      .

  • foxxybey

    Had a eye exam almost two months ago and suppose to have a operation, well haven’t heard a word and the next meeting is for another exam. By the time they do the operation I’ll be blind, thanks VA.

  • Kent2012

    typical of bureacracies, much like a business the upper and mid level people are judged by reports to the top…difference here is there is no “customer driven” mechanism. Why actually improve ? these organizations are not customer oriented businesses. No, they are places to now gain a job that pays more that the private sector and with a benefit package that would choke a horse. I give you the joke that the US house and senate have become…outrageous retirement numbers with 8 to 12 years riding the chair…