An explosive report by The Daily Caller claims that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed the medical records of veterans in an apparent attempt to cancel requests for medical examinations. A committee called System Redesign reportedly took the action due to the growing backlog of medical claims by veterans.
Here's a portion of the report:
Audio from a November 2008 meeting obtained by TheDC depicts VA Greater Los Angeles officials plotting to cancel backlogged exam requests.
“I’m still canceling orders from 2001,” said a male official in the meeting.
“Anything over a year old should be canceled,” replied a female official.
“Canceled or scheduled?” asked the male official.
“Canceled. … Your backlog should start at April ’07,” the female official replied, later adding, ”a lot of those patients either had their studies somewhere else, had their surgery … died, don’t live in the state. … It’s ridiculous.”
Brian Kilmeade discussed the report and yesterday's controversial military cuts with Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. Hegseth emphasized that the destruction of records at the VA was done after a committee - not just one or two employees - got together to discuss how to handle the growing backlog.
"It is as low as it gets. We knew the Department of Veterans Affairs was fudging these numbers. We've known that for a long time. But to destroy records of veterans waiting for care? That's as bad as it gets," he said.
Watch the interview above. The new VA report is discussed in the second half of the clip.