Last week during NBC’s Meet the Press, Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, announced that 900 employees have been fired since he took over, 60 of whom were involved in manipulating wait time data — a scandal that recently shook the embattled institution after it came to light that some veterans were being forced a month or longer for an appointment, with allegations that VA employees redacted data to cover it up.
But the Washington Post’s Fact Checker reports the numbers are actually quite lower, awarding McDonald’s claim four out of a possible five Pinocchios. According to WashPo, disciplinary action has been proposed for 75 employees since June 3, and of those only eight have been removed with 23 cases pending. Five employees opted to resign before a decision was made on their case. Of the 900 other employees? They were let go for a variety of reasons unrelated to the VA scandal, to include poor performance and absenteeism, and total roughly 0.3% of the department’s workforce.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.