Fox News reports that Sharon Helman, the Phoenix VA official who instituted the program which hid the facility’s inability to treat veterans in a timely manner was also at the agency’s Spokane facility and instituted a program to hide veteran suicides there;
From July 2007 through the first week of July 2008, at least 22 veterans in the Spokane VA service area committed suicide. During that same time period, however, Spokane VA reported nine suicides and 34 attempted suicides, according to Military.com and other media outlets.
Helman was director of the Spokane facility at the time the number of suicides were being misreported. Shortly after news revealed that such data had been falsified, Helman was transferred to the VA facility in Hines, Ill., after having spent less than two years in Spokane. From there, Helman moved to Phoenix, where she became director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system in February 2012.
Despite her piss-poor performance, Helman was paid a $9,345 bonus on top of her nearly $170,000 salary, so apparently, her deceit is not only accepted at the VA, but rewarded. The VA rots from the head.
Category: Veterans' Affairs Department