Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, questioned why the department didn’t better prepare for the returning veterans by staffing up.
“These are self-inflicted wounds. This isn’t a money issue. This is a prioritization issue,” he said. “They knew there were going to be more veterans who needed care. Why didn’t they prepare?”
Here’s former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaking just Thursday. There is nothing here that should have come as a surprise to anyone.
“We go into Afghanistan, leave Afghanistan for Iraq with unfinished business in Afghanistan,” House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday, suggesting these problems were years in the making. “Ten years later, we have all of these additional veterans — in the past five years, two million more veterans needing benefits from the VA. That’s a huge, huge increase.”
Yet, researchers at Fox News have now found hundreds of open positions still unfilled, even as backlogs persist and unemployment continues to be a problem across the country. At he very least, this all points to the need for a complete, thorough investigation of what went wrong, allegedly leaving American veterans to die while waiting for care on lists that may have been hidden or manipulated to cover up the problem.
A search by FoxNews.com on Friday of the USA Jobs federal employment website showed more than 1,080 current vacancies in health-related fields at the VA.
A search of the words “VA” and “physician” yielded 167 jobs openings with top-range salaries of roughly $295,000 a year. There are 18 openings alone in the Phoenix VA Health Care System – the same one facing allegations that up to 40 people died while waiting for treatment.
One full-time position is for the chief of medicine. The vacancy, posted April 15 and open until June 13, comes with an annual salary up to $235,000.