Lawmakers, Reports Say VA Projects Wasting Billions
And, in Kansas, researchers says the federal government lacks a proper plan to care for returning soldiers wounded on the battleground.
Controversial VA Projects Waste Billions, Say Government Reports And Lawmakers
While veterans in recent years were dying as they waited for care at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, the VA has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on controversial projects across the country, according to government reports and members of Congress. ... For example, a massive construction project near Denver mired with problems ran hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and ended up in court over design and contract issues, according to court documents. (Devine, 12/23)
The Kansas Health Institute News Service:
Wounded Veterans Return To Unprepared Medical System
A sniper’s bullet tore through U.S. Army Sgt. Jamie Jarboe’s neck while he was on patrol during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in April 2011. ... Jarboe arrived back on American soil paralyzed but alive and was able to get the best care the military had to offer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. But less than a year later he was dead from complications of surgery, one of several medical errors that his wife, Melissa Jarboe, documented (Marso, 12/22)