Saturday, November 8, 2008

"VA Shredder-gate" gets public attention. Comment and TAKE ACTION!

his important post from Jim Strickland today at VA Watchdog says it all-

We can chose to enable the VA to continue business as its usual capricious self

and allow the VA to continue to defy the tenets within 38 CFR and our rights as claimants or we can stand up and fight back. (Berta Simmons)


"When VAWatchdog broke this story weeks ago it caught VA off guard. We sent a torpedo in that direction and holed them below the water line.

Make no mistake, the actions you are seeing today has rattled them to their very core.

This wasn't an unpleasant mistake by a guy getting his laptop stolen. It is apparent to all that the shredding of documents was intentional and had a purpose. They aren't confessing that directly, no surprise. These guys are too smart to fall on their swords, you have to give them a push.

It's my opinion that VAWatchdog has started what may be a turning point in how VA operates. That they are frantically trying to put committees together, put their own watchdogs in place internally and answer to some really annoyed Congressmen and Senators is a great start.

As always, this won't go anywhere without every one of you taking the time to get in contact with your representatives and let them know just how you feel. I'm already in a dialogue with my representatives and I've sent a strong message to the transition team of our new president.

I've said it before...if you haven't walked the walk...if all you're doing is to talk the are the problem. It takes 10 minutes to get on your computer and send a message to your Senator. It's almost too easy. Call your Congressman and leave a message.

If you're one who writes to comment at VAWatchdog but you haven't written to the official who represents you in D.C., just what is it you're waiting for?

The VAWatchdog has, because of one courageous VA employee who told the truth, created the perfect storm for you. This incident alone will ensure that Peake is history. VA employees are starting to speak more freely and tell their stories.

The whole thing is vulnerable today.

What were you trained to do when you saw an opening in the enemy's defenses.?

Go do it." Jim Strickland VA Watchdog.


Please pass this on to every veteran you know-and don't forget widows of vets too.

We have to stand up for the future disabled veterans of this country as well as for ourselves.

They deserve far better than what many of us got.

BTW VA Watchdog now has a public comment section at end of each news story.

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