President Donald Trump rode a wave of support from the military community all the way to the White House, in part because of his promise to clean up the problems at the Veterans Administration.
You know – the problems where veterans in need of dire care were outright ignored, or shuffled through the bureaucracy, and basically left to die?
Yeah, that problem.
Well, it now appears as if Trump is moving on his promise. And it literally only seemed to take him hours.
“Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way,” Hot Air reported, citing the Daily Caller. “One is the hospital’s CEO, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered an employee $305,000 to quit after she played a role in exposing his drug arrest. ‘Mr. DeWayne Hamlin was removed from federal service effective January 20, 2017’ – inauguration day – the VA said.”
And the other fired employee? That would be Elizabeth Rivera, who was let go after she was found to have allegedly taken part in an armed robbery, but then rehired and given back pay. Well, now she’s fired again.
Trump’s new VA secretary is Robert McDonald – at least, he will be once the Senate confirms him. And it’s with great hope that McDonald will put into play massive reforms that were talked about under the previous administration, but never realized. Trump has a lot on the line to make sure his reforms are implemented; the military won’t exactly be quiet if he goes the political route and simply talks about change without ever making the real changes. But really, the whole VA care issue should not be politicized at all. The military doesn’t pick and choose which political parties it defends during missions. It just doesn’t seem right that care of those who put it all on the line for all Americans should be compromised at all, no matter which party holds political power. Obama had ample opportunity to reform the VA but didn’t. Let’s hope Trump doesn’t drop the ball. From first appearances, happily, it looks like he won’t.
Source: Hot Air