WHAT DOES "INSPECTOR GENERAL" MEAN?
DO WE INVESTIGATE THE WRONGDOERS OR THE VICTIMS?
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
The most scandal ridden agency in the federal government, beyond the CIA or even Congress is the Department of Veterans Affairs. Assigned to police the DVA is the Office of Inspector General.
If endoscopy equipment puts thousands of patients in peril or hundreds of thousands, even millions of documents are destroyed or rogue officials order bizarre clandestine spy operations against veterans, it is their job to investigate.
Why then, is it that when veterans are victims of misconduct or fraud, they, themselves become the target of investigations? In fact, it seems there is no active investigatory authority that oversees the DVA at all.
Is this why there is a backlog of 1.2 million claims and years of fraud, mismanagement, misallocation of resources and medical malpractice on a massive scale?
What other hospital system in the world employs a police agency to investigate patients who complain of mistreatment by staff? Actually, I believe we can name several. They were all behind the Iron Curtain.
I am certainly not advocating that the government roll over and dole out money to everyone who asks for it. I want the DVA to begin hiring medical professionals who will be able to tell if patients are really sick or not. I am sure there must be a medical school somewhere that can teach a doctor to identify an illness, mental or physical. I suggest we find that school and hire absolutely everyone we can from there.
Since veterans claiming ‘service connection’ for their disabilties, real or imagined, are required to supply comprehensive and fully supported documentation of their service and, in particular, forced to prove, using only government documentation that their malady results from their service, I am confused.
Either you were there or you weren’t. Either you are sick or you aren’t. If one group of highly paid and highly trained and highly skeptical examiners sifts through evidence, often with years of deliberation and comes to a conclusion, how is it possible that someone invented it all as we are now being told regarding thousands of disabled vets?
I am confused.
Why has there never been an investigation of the bizarre statistical anomalies that make it almost impossible for veterans in many states to get disability compensation?
Is every disabled vet someone from the Court of Miracles? Does every vet have a brother in law in a DOD records office or hiding in a DVA basement altering files?
Why is it that our fishermen look for minnows when their job is to hunt sharks?
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.