Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Committee Hearing on Assessing Veterans’ Charities

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

For Immediate Release

January 6th 2008

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced that there will be a “Second Full Committee Hearing on Assessing Veterans’ Charities” to be held Thursday, January 17, 2008, 10:00 AM at 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

At the first hearing, held December 13th 2007, Edgar Edmundson, father of, SGT. Eric Edmundson, stated that “ I am concerned. The negative affect that the few self serving non-profits will have on the ability of the legitimate non-profits to obtain funding from the general public. It would be an unfortunate turn of events if the service they provide is not available. As I have shared, the service they provide is immediate and personalized to the needs of the soldiers and their families. I believe that measures need to be implemented to ensure the availability of Non-profits and their services.”

When Mr. Edmundson was given the tax forms of some of these groups to look at, he became obviously upset and stated, “The first thing that goes through my mind when I read this type of thing is… anger.”

We share Mr. Edmundson’s anger and concern. There are far too many professional fundraisers and highly paid executives that are becoming very wealthy off the very generous nature of the general public for Veterans Charities.

Immediately after the first hearing, groups such as the VFW, PVA, and AMVETS, among others, began a very aggressive campaign attacking Daniel Borochoff, President, American Institute of Philanthropy for what they claimed to be “unfair” analysis. The PVA claimed that it shouldn’t have received an F on the AIP Report Card of Veteran and Military Charities because they spent more on programs than another F recipient did.

That’s the equivalent of Susie complaining to the teacher that she shouldn’t get an F because she scored 20 on the essay and Johnny scored 19. An F is an F.

We are calling on all concerned to tell their elected representatives and the entire House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that we demand Congress take every available measure to ensure that the most heinous of the people responsible for these travesties are held accountable.

Do not let them tell you that there are no laws that allow Congress to take action against these groups. That is simply an excuse for non-action.

 

For Media Contact The Reverend Larry D Fagre through http://vetsburg.org/contact.htm

To Be Fair

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

We’re pretty snarky when it comes to woefully inadequate and bloated bureaucracies like the VA and IRS; However, there are some really extraordinary people that work at the VA. My current Primary Care Clinic (Dane and Jackie) are the best ever. The Mountain Home Social Work Service and Pulmonary Lab both have truly great people working in them that obviously work there because they care about Veterans.

Regrettably, the Career Bureaucrats will eventually beat these good people down and they will quit under the strain.

The OPM Report RECRUITMENT, RELOCATION, AND RETENTION INCENTIVES CALENDAR YEAR 2006 indicates that the Department of Veterans Affairs paid 6,393 incentives totaling $27,201,870 to attract and retain employees. The only Government agency that spent more is Defense.

The VA is number 2 in the “quits” department too. And again, Defense is numero uno. That means that despite spending $27,201,870 to retain employees, the VA still had the second highest number of employees quit.

VA Denies Lax Supervision at Haley

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

On December 21st, 2007, we shared with our good readers this:

“US Representative Ginny Brown-Waite (I wonder if she’s related to John Charles Waite) has announced that she will undertake a fact-finding mission at the VA hospital on December 28th. That’s an oxymoron. You don’t go to a VA hospital to get facts about the VA hospital. To get facts about a VA hospital you hold private meetings with people who know the facts about the hospital and are outside the influence of the VA propaganda machine.

So, right now, what’s going on at the Tampa VA hospital is a Congressional Visit Fire Drill. Employees are putting together lists of Veterans they believe will only say good things about the facility. The Propaganda machine has already prepared several press releases that will make note of how wonderful the Congressional Visit was and what praise Representative Brown-Waite had for their extraordinary facility and singing the praises of all the hard-working VA employees who only want to serve Veterans.

Check back with me on the 29th and tell me if I’m wrong.”

Today is the 29th and we invite you to peruse the article from the St. Petersburg Times titled: VA Denies Lax Supervision at Haley

It is no coincidence that the word “DENIES”is in the article title. What we saw from the overpaid, under qualified, and generally worthless VA bureaucrats was the same shit on a different day. According to these morally and ethically bankrupt bureaucrats the VA is still the greatest thing in all of the known and unknown universes.

From the article: “Brown-Waite said the VA needs to better define what supervision is. But other than that, she has no immediate plans to take the issue further.”

And another politician will let the VA off the hook. It’s beyond my ability to comprehend how the exact same thing can happen all over the country time-after-time.

Representative Brown-Waite is the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on “Oversight and Investigations”. Wouldn’t it be swell if congress actually did “Oversight and Investigations”?

Maybe the 111th Congress will actually do something besides add to the Global Warming crisis with their blow-hard hot hyperbole air.

I’m not too optimistic though.