'Whole Bunch of People'? VA Scandal Firings Estimated Between 1 And 6
It appears President Obama was not telling the truth when he said his administration had fired a "whole bunch of people" over the veterans affairs scandal, Bret Baier said on Special Report.
The Washington Post, FactCheck.org and Fox News investigated the statistics, and found the number of senior executives at the VA terminated over the past two years to be between one and six.
As FoxNews.com reported in 2014, several veterans had died waiting for treatment at the Phoenix, Arizona veterans affairs hospital, and a Washington State hospital had reportedly altered veteran suicide statistics, with alleged mismanagement at other facilities as well.
A Veterans Affairs official accused of keeping double books to hide the fact that dozens of veterans died awaiting care previously ran a Washington state VA facility that allegedly fudged suicide numbers, FoxNews.com has learned.
Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, is accused with other management officials of keeping a fake waiting list that made it appear sick veterans were being treated in a timely manner -- while hiding the real list that showed up to 1,600 sick veterans were waiting months to see a physician. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said investigators have evidence that two sets of records were kept by the facility to conceal the lengthy delays in care.
At least 40 veterans on the secret list allegedly died while waiting for appointments, prompting congressional committees to launch investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Helman, who is said to have approved and defended the Phoenix facility's actions, previously served as director of the Veterans Affairs facility in Spokane, Wash., where the VA's Office of Medical Investigations found the number of veteran suicides were being miscounted.
According to the Arizona Republic, the woman mentioned in the Fox News story, Sharon Helman, was indeed fired in 2014 over the Phoenix scandal.