VA A Premier Healthcare Facility, But Has Insurmountable Challenges
Vocational Rehabilitations Specialist (Former Employee) – Anchorage, AK – June 30, 2019
VA is a wonderful place (In theory) to work, but unfortunately there are a lot of challenges unknown to outsiders looking in. VA has a culture of bad actors, and hiring practices of those from outside medical agencies that were either on the cusp of being fired, were not licensed or about to lose their license or incompetent. A lot of practitioners (years ago) started working for the VA because of malpractice insurance wasn't affordable, so at that time the VA was a perfect proving ground to practice (Key word) their craft because they didn't have to worry about getting sued. In a VA culture a lot of people are about the "benefits and pay" and could care less about Veterans (truth hurts). You will find very few dedicated to a veterans cause/ Many will stab you in the back for a higher GS level of pay. Its a hush, hush culture of "Don't tell anybody". In recent years, VA was caught up in the deaths of 40 veterans in Arizona (If I remember correctly) and that's when the floor show started in congressional inquiry. For years the VA has been in the news for substandard care and quality of care (This is not to say everyone is on the take, but there are few that take their jobs seriously). Here is a question I have always asked a VA employee, "Why did you want to work for the VA"? 9.6/10 that person will tell you , "For the benefits" rather then, "I want to help our veterans". The VA could be a wonderful place to work, but to-date, these issues are more prevalent and pervasive, the misdeeds of , "Figures don't lie, but liars do figure" continue. The good employees or "Whistleblowers" are ousted to maintain their society. Don't take my word for it, you can read about the VA on the internet. They need a non-bias, civilian board of oversite comprised of Veterans to include; active duty, civilian doctors, lawyers, civilians etc. No IG because they are just as bias. (PS think about this, why do you think a lot of VA's are close to medical schools? To practice of course!