West Palm Beach VA hospital won’t hang Trump portrait

| March 15, 2017 | 87 Comments

Everyone who has been in the military knows how important it is to have the correct portrait of their commander-in-chief hanging in the orderly room. Your First Sergeant impressed that upon you. That’s why veterans at the West Palm Beach VA hospital told their Congressman, Brian Mast, a disabled, wounded veteran himself, that hospital didn’t have President Trump’s portrait hanging in the empty space at their entrance. CBS12 link;

Congressman Brian Mast, himself a veteran, brought the men and the portraits to the facility and demanded they be installed. The whole thing was caught on camera.

This video shows first term Congressman Brian Mast and a group of veterans taking action.

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“Two blank holes, it’s been 60 something days now,” said Veteran John Rourke. “The veterans administration has been asked about it a few times, the local VA hospital has and they haven’t had any real reason other than they didn’t have the picture, which is readily available.”

The VA officials took the portrait down after the congressman left;

A VA spokeswoman tells CBS 12 News , the congressman’s actions and the actions of the veterans who accompanied him were “inappropriate” and the cell phone video was not legally obtained.

Category: Veterans' Affairs Department

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  1. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Tough shit, spokeshole.

    They have shrines to Obama, that’s totally cool, tho.

    And then they get the vapors because someone puts up a pic of Mattis. What a bunch of pussies.

    • Club Manager says:

      I am jumping I here so this will be seen rather than at the end. EVERY ONE OF US SHOULD VISIT THERE OWN VA HOSPITAL TO ENSURE THE PRESIDET’S PHOTO IS DISPLAYED AND RAISE HELL IF IT IS NOT. TIME TO DO MORE THAN CALL THEM NAMES IN A POST HERE. GO KICK SOME HIGH PAID USELESS VA ASS.

    • desert says:

      Anyone interested, there will soon be an opening available to replace a dumbass cull head of the West Palm Beach Va..all reasonable, patriotic, qualified, Americans are encouraged to apply!

  2. Atkron says:

    Bureaucracy run amok….time to reign in, and short leash these motherfuckers.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Fire the idiots. That would be the warning shot over the bow.

  4. HMC Ret says:

    So just where exactly is the drain plug for the colossal swamp that needs to be drained across the nation, not just the plug in DC? I’m talking about the BIG drain plug.

  5. Graybeard says:

    Oh crud. The SJW Snowflakes have taken over the West Palm Beach VA hospital.

    I think Congressman Brian Mast now has a target identified, and needs to call in indirect fire until resistance is overcome.

  6. Mike says:

    Who was their counsel, the VA police? What a joke. That cell phone video was legally obtained. The VA is an absolute mess, I know, I worked for them for 6 years after Iraq. I have since moved on for obvious reasons. Btw, I use my private insurance because for a 90% SC vet with a Purple Heart, I still wait over TWO MONTHS for a VA appointment versus a few days for my private insurance doc.

    • HMC Ret says:

      Mike: You’re obviously smarter than me. You bailed in six, I stayed eleven years. I’ve never seen a more dysfunctional organization. I’m very happy to have left that part of my life in the rearview mirror and am now fully retired.

  7. Flagwaver says:

    I bet they had no problem putting up the picture of President Obama and his cabinet. It’s too bad that President Trump isn’t black or this could be called racist.

    • Airdale (AW) USN ret. says:

      Stay on topic, this has nothing to do with Obama.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Like hell it doesn’t.
        he’s the one that foments and did all that he could do to push his agenda of denigrating President Trump since before the election and continues it to this day.
        So maybe you should stay on topic.
        This is about the left wing takeover of American institutions with no regard for anything except the current left wing cause celebre…

  8. Wilted Willy says:

    I agree, fire these mother fuckers right now, TODAY! As in, don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you!

  9. Graybeard says:

    This may be appropriate here. President Trump has issued an executive order to seek ways to “Proposed Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability of Federal Agencies, Including, as Appropriate, to Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies.”

    Public input will be invited. A well-written thoughtful essay on how to improve the VA may have the most effect when this happens.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/13/presidential-executive-order-comprehensive-plan-reorganizing-executive

  10. NR Pax says:

    A VA spokeswoman tells CBS 12 News , the congressman’s actions and the actions of the veterans who accompanied him were “inappropriate” and the cell phone video was not legally obtained.

    Maybe if you had done your jobs in the first place, it wouldn’t have escalated to that level. What is inappropriate was you dragging your feet on something that should have been handled weeks ago but this is the VA we are talking about.

  11. OWB says:

    Sounds like the staff there has volunteered for permanent separation from their government checks. Not eligible for hire anywhere in the system in the future.

    Good riddance.

  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Some fuckwads need to be fired.

  13. Dapandico says:

    It’s the Russians.

  14. FatCircles0311 says:

    Swamp monsters caught once again.

    Somebody call the exterminator.

  15. Dave Hardin says:

    Maybe Roger Gagnon the two time USMC deserter that collected 6 digits of cash from the VA will pay for a billboard to bring this issue to light.

    The VA is still lying, where is GaggedOn? I figure a coward like him would jump all over an opportunity like this to show his ass.

  16. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    How would the video be illegally obtained? The Lobby of a VA facility is considered public property last I checked? Anyone in a public space has no protected expectation of privacy according to the courts.

    The VA needs to see some people publicly fired and their pensions taken away to send a message it’s time to stop fucking around and do what they get paid to do, take care of our veterans who need their help. All that other bullshit needs to stop now, and stop immediately.

  17. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Shitcan the director, spokeshole and anyone else involved in the decision. Fuck them and their precious jobs!

  18. MustangCryppie says:

    Everybody in charge need to be immediately relieved with the final outcome them being thrown to the curb.

  19. Charles H says:

    Agree with the vast majority of comments here. I am completely, absolutely, totally fed up with the holier-than-thou and patronage attitude of the VA bureaucracy. From my experience, the actual care providers are doing a great job but the leadership is atrocious, rude, and rampant with a feeling of employment entitlement.

    Said a different way, they need to shut the hell up and do their job – take care of veterans and leave their own self-centered politics at home. We defend democracy; not here to practice it.

  20. CB Senior says:

    Do not like what your boss told you to do, tough shit.
    Do not like the rules and regs, tough shit.
    Do not like your assignment, tough shit.
    What Vet does not understand that?
    So you do not like Trump, tough shit. He is the President and is afforded all due respect and protocol that the office bears.

  21. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Well, isn’t that -special-!

  22. jonp says:

    Someone send Col Alan West over there to kick ass. Whoever is in charge should be immediately terminated. Period.

  23. D says:

    I didn’t vote for him, but damn it, he’s my president, and those idiots are totally wrong. Anyone involved in that should be facing progressive discipline.

    • OWB says:

      Is “progressive discipline” where they get promoted, paid leave, and moving expenses to destroy another facility? And everyone else is sent to a mandatory make-me-feel-good session?

  24. MSG Eric says:

    First thing Trump needs to do is fire the MPSB and remove that “Appeals for anyone who did something wrong that someone else did” appeal option that will keep getting used.

    Then, he needs to get Secretary Shulkin to start tagging VA hospitals one by one and firing those that pull stupid shit like this. Look at complaints and the ones that caused Vets to wait for care they should’ve gotten either in the hospital or through the Choice Program, find the administrators responsible and fire them.

    Once he fires the first few, that needs to be publicly released. I bet by about the 5th hospital he goes to there won’t be anymore complaints and grievances and veterans will get their required care in a timely fashion.

      • MSG Eric says:

        I’m just a dumb Sergeant, but I have good ideas once in a while.

        Sometimes it really is that easy. I was Acting CSM and one of the first things I did was fire a 1SG with a long reputation of not doing his job, nor keeping his Cdr in check. After that my five 1SGs were responsive, did their job and made sure shit got done. I also didn’t have issues from other NCOs after that. It was only a few months, but I setup the incoming CSM for success.

        Even the battalion commander didn’t have issues with commanders after that because they knew they might be next.

        Amazing what happens when you fire someone for being a shitbag. Other shitbags either quit, or stop being a shitbag, for the most part.

  25. Just An Old Dog says:

    It goes to show how far the Obunga regime went as infesting government agencies with worthless SJW types who think they have some sort of moral superiority.
    They need to be purged. All the reluctant LEOS, immigration agents, weak AJs, Judges and government workers.
    Lord knows our military needs a good enema.

  26. Anthony C Wescott says:

    Is President Trump’s photo hung yet in the VA Hospital? I sure hope so. Stop being cry babies. Grow up.

  27. rb325th says:

    As of today, there is still no Official Photograph of President Trump or VA Secretary hanging in any VA facility.
    Last month(2/28/2017) a notice was published in our morning e-mails that the Executive Office of the President had yet to issue official portraits of the President, and until such a time that they were, there would be no Photos.
    This is being handled extremely bad, and where the actual blame falls for this should be determined. I know for a fact that there are portraits hung on Military Installations, so I am unsure of how it is that the VA has not obtained their copies yet.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      That changes things altogether. Only official pics may be used. If none was issued, it is not okay to hang a substitute.

    • OWB says:

      It would be a pretty good guess that they have not been obtained because the folks who are tasked with obtaining them don’t want them. Or, that no one in a position of authority wants to figure out who is supposed to obtain them.

      “They” are responsible. “Not my job.” And various other silly excuses.

    • MSG Eric says:

      I wouldn’t be holding my breath on this one.

    • MSGT_RET says:

      We’re in the same boat in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We have received an official portrait of DHS Secretary Kelly, but not the POTUS. We can’t display one without the other. USCIS HQ is being told that the President’s official photo has not been made yet.

  28. Smaj says:

    In a sane world the VA Secretary has already called the sorry political hack that runs this hospital and done 2 things: (1) Told him or her to have the current chain of command photos hung in their proper location within the hour, and (2) Fired that POS effective now.
    Of course we know none of that has happened, since we’re talking about the VA.

  29. 11b-mailclerk says:

    At what point does insubordination cross the line to mutiny?

    How long can our Republic survive this ass-hattery?

    Time for pink-slips, strategicly applied.

  30. Barbara Pylinski says:

    How disrespectful. I encourage all vets and family members to stage a sit-in at West Palm Beach Va Center. I will be visiting my local VA Office here and will pitch a fit if the photo is not there. Wish I could go to West Palm Beach…anyone wants to pay my way from Upstate NY, I’ll be there!

  31. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Stage a sit-in? Barbara, this ain’t the sit-in type of crowd. More like kick chairs, turn over tables and get arrested, I’d say.

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