VA Secretary David Shulkin, according to an IG report, has been misappropriating VA funds for his and his family’s personal benefit, and he’s been abusing his authority to require a subordinate to act as his “personal travel concierge.” He
improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tennis tickets….
And his Chief of Staff, Vivieca Wright Simpson, apparently tampered with evidence:
made false claims to a VA ethics official by altering an email to get official approval for Dr Shulkin’s wife to take part in the trip as an “invitational traveler,” a status that meant the VA would cover her expenses. Her airfare cost taxpayers $4,312.
Shulkin and his fellow travelers (not only his wife) spent an exhausting 3 and a half days in business-related meetings out of their 10-day trip. That’s some jet lag.
Of course, Shulkin and his staff denied all of this and complained that the week the IG gave him to respond was, somehow, not enough time. Must have been still jet lagged.
He’s paid the money back? He should have known better in the first place. If the leadership cannot be counted on to perform, how can anyone else be? Reallocate the VA budget—every single dollar of it—to vouchers for our veterans.
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