VA under fire after it is revealed they spent $20MILLION on high-end art in past 10 years while thousands of veterans died waiting to see doctors
A new report found that the Veterans Administration spent $20million on high-end art in the past 10 years
One treatment center received a $21,000 artificial Christmas tree
Another $670,000 that was spent on two pieces of art for the Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center, which treats blind veterans
All this while thousands reportedly waited to see doctors in the past decade
By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 17:33 EST, 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:45 EST, 27 July 2016
The Veterans Affairs administration doled out $20million over the past 10 years to snap up high-end art to fill their treatment centers across the country according to a new report.
COX Media Washington, D.C. and the Forbes organization Open The Books went through records and released their findings on Wednesday, reporting that the administration 'bought Christmas trees priced like cars and sculptures that cost more than five-bedroom homes.'
All this while thousands of veterans dies while waiting to be treated by doctors.
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(A new report found that the Veterans Administration spent $20million on high-end art in the past 10 years (Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center above)
The most shocking findings in the report are the $21,000 spent on an artificial Christmas tree for one treatment center, and the $670,000 that was spent on two pieces of art for the Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center.
Those two pieces will likely not be appreciated much by veterans at that facility, who are unable to see the art.
Of the spending, $16.2million came during the Obama's time in office according to the report.
This report comes as Donald Trump is pledging to make major changes to Veterans Affairs if elected president.
'Our debt to you is eternal,' Trump said at a gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Charlotte, North Carolina.
'Yet our politicians have totally failed you.'
That was in reference to the 2014 VA scandal, which revolved around long wait times for patients and other negligent activities.
Trump spoke shortly after the crowd heard from Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama's secretary of Veterans Affairs.
The scandal fits in with Trump's effort to portray himself as a political outsider dedicated to fixing the problems left by Washington special interests.
'The VA scandals that have occurred are widespread and totally inexcusable,' he said.
Trump is on his first campaign swing with his vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, after they were nominated last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
They made two stops in North Carolina, a state that could be crucial to their chances in the November 8 election.
The New York real estate developer pledged to set up a White House hot line for a ranking official to keep track of reform efforts in the VA to ensure they are carried out.
If a problem cannot get solved, he said: 'I will pick up the phone personally and get it completed and get it taken care of.'