$1 Billion Cost Overrun & Artwork Scandal, Veterans Affairs Has Once Again Been Subpoenaed

Unacceptable VA wait times lead to over 40 Veteran deaths. (Photo: Public Domain)

Unacceptable VA wait times lead to over 40 Veteran deaths.
(Photo: Public Domain)

September 8, 2016

By Lorra B.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has received a subpoena that was issued by a House panel on Wednesday.

According to the Associate Press, the House panel is insisting on explanations for a cost overrun of $1 billion and they want documents to back it up.

The Denver VA hospital in question spent millions of dollars on artwork and furnishings and spent almost three times what their earlier estimates were.

But the Denver VA is not the only VA under the spotlight. Nationwide the VA has spent a staggering amount of money on sprucing up their offices, “including more than $6.4 million spent on the Palo Alto, California, health care system.”

“We will not accept VA trying to pull the wool over the eyes of this committee and the American people for poor decision-making and waste of funds,” stated the chairman of the veteran’s panel, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

Miller went on to say that it was “unfortunate that VA’s continued lack of transparency has led us to this decision” to issue the subpoena, but contended that lawmakers had little choice.”

It seems unimaginable that over 40 veterans died on waiting lists waiting to be seen by a doctor, according to a VA inspector general investigation, while monies that could have been spent saving their lives was used to buy artwork and statues.

This is the fourth subpoena issued by the House panel since 2014 “amid continuing frustration over the VA’s performance following the wait-time scandal that led to the ouster of the VA secretary and a $16 billion overhaul approved by Congress,” according to the AP.

The Denver VA hospital has been dodging the committee’s request for documents by providing only “a summary of an internal inquiry, but not the supporting documents, despite repeated requests from lawmakers.”

Miller has been after the documents related to the art contracts for well over a year. He said he is trying to get to the bottom of why the Palo Alto VA spent almost $500, 000 on two sculptures and a total of more than $6.4 million on furnishings and artwork on that facility alone.

The subpoena, however, is seeking nationwide information on purchases since 2010.

The VA has until September 28 to respond.

By Lorra B.

24 thoughts on “$1 Billion Cost Overrun & Artwork Scandal, Veterans Affairs Has Once Again Been Subpoenaed

  1. I think it reflects the sentiments of those in the US Gov., not only this pathetic admins. but those before. When we consider the wars American’s leaders have used American troops and ‘contractors’ (hitmen) for, who’s really benefiting from them? Who’s benefiting from the oil fields, and poppy fields that USA soldiers are used as guards in Afghanistan?? It seems pretty clear that those in high positions of power and control are using and abusing their authority for their own gain and gain of those who rule over them (Global elites), which all are in opposition of and NOT ‘for the people’.
    ‘Report Reveals $8.5 Trillion Missing From Pentagon Budget’ http://crooksandliars.com/2015/06/report-reveals-85-trillion-missing
    Last time funds went missing from the Pentagon, a ‘supposed jet’ happened to hit that exact area that held destroying the evidence. ‘9-11 Pentagon missing $2.3 trillion Rumsfeld Exposed 9/10/2001’ So what’s $1 Billions compared to these!!
    Back in 2012: $9,000,000,000,000 MISSING From The Federal Reserve, where was propaganda mainstream news?
    These examples are not minimizing this finding you reported on Lorra B., rather showing how corrupt those in leadership really are. Those few individuals are using whatever and whoever to do their bidding.
    This is another example: What’s going on in Syria, in the name of America (we are totally misrepresented and being fleeced!). ‘“The US drops weapons for the ISIL on the excuse of not knowing about the whereabouts of the ISIL positions and it is trying to distort the reality with its allegations.’ “Why are U.S. troops, who have zero legal grounds of being in Syria at all, in Hasakah city or the wider area?” [i.e. check McCain and Isis connection and how the US is dropping weapons for Isil]
    This is their goal: Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..” http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166
    Now why would they want to do that? What good is that for the people of America? The mindset behind buying art, upgrading their furnishing and padding their bank acct.s has nothing to do w/ respecting the Vets or the troops!
    With 9-11 tomorrow, and we consider the war America was brought into based on the towers going down (and building 7 … that wasn’t even hit – which was explained away), well meaning people sold a bill of goods, again (remember Pearl Harbor). Whatever it takes for the global elitist to get what they want. Troops need to fight the real terrorist! not those invented by the usurpers running and ruining this Country!

    Thanks Lorra, a SAD subject.

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  2. I say blow up the Veterans Administration and start again. You can start by giving a gold card to every single veteran in this country who has been honorably discharged. That card allows them free medical access at any facility in the country. They cannot be turned down and they cannot be denied immediate service. Even if I have to have an operation postponed because of it, these guys and gals deserve priority one service!

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  3. This is BS ……..and what will the House do, nothing. Heads need to roll, a complete overhaul. Yes those funds given to Iran would have gone along way with the VA on “healthcare”, not some freaking artwork in their damn offices. This is more than a disgrace. The people that run the VA should be veterans…… Vets will take care of vets. Give the jobs within the VA to the VETS!

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