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CVA: #VAFAIL – Va Spends Millions On Artwork For Va Facilities

August 2, 2016 11:39 AM
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#VAFAIL – VA SPENDS MILLIONS ON ARTWORK FOR VA FACILITIES

By Emilye Bell
08.02.16
 
 
#VAFAIL – VA SPENDS MILLIONS ON ARTWORK FOR VA FACILITIES
Looking to take in some breathtaking works of art? Thinking you will have to travel overseas to Le Louvre or to Washington, DC, to visit the National Gallery? Pricey artwork may not be as far away as you think; they could be as close as your local VA facility.
 
According to a recent report, the Department of Veterans Affairs has spent a whopping $20 million on art over the last 10 years. OpenTheBooks.com did some research into exactly what that $20 million was spent on, $16 million of it being during the Obama administration, and what the found is a little absurd. Keep in mind that there are still hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting to see a doctor or hear back on a disability claim as you read these.
 
VA decorators have fine and exquisite taste when it comes to sprucing up their facilities. Just a few of the items purchased include a $21,000 artificial Christmas tree, $32,000 worth of "local pictures" for San Francisco’s VA, and artwork totaling $610,000 to beautify a new facility in Puerto Rico.
 
Most likely the worst expenditure that OpenTheBooks brought up is the $670,000 spent on two sculptures. Yes, that is bad enough, but wait. These sculptures were purchased for the Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center in California. Expensive art was purchased to decorate a center for blind veterans.
 
Taxpayer dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.
 
 
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