‘Vets Are Dying on Backlog’: Ret. Marine Says VA Execs Should Be Fired
Republicans in Congress have introduced bills aimed at fighting the backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measures could give the VA secretary the power to fire executives.
As of February 8, 2014, more than 670K cases were pending. About 60 percent of those were considered on backlog for being in the system for over 125 days.
“We want the VA to start firing some these executives that allowed this mismanagement to perpetuate for many, many years,” she said.
Duff pointed out that it takes about a month to receive food stamps, but it takes an average of 342 days for a veteran benefits claim to be addressed.
“We have 31 deaths at VA medical facilities due to a result of mismanagement,” she said. “They have to be held accountable and fire these people who can’t perform well.”
She called it “ludicrous” that the VA is opposing the GOP bills out of fear that it will make recruitment harder.
“Taxpayers should not be paying for inadequate performance in order to have job security. The veterans must come first.”