Report: VA Spent $20 Million on Art Amid Vet Care Scandal
By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 04:21 PM
A report has found the Veterans Affairs spent a wild $20 million on artwork in the past 10 years — $16 million during the Obama Administration — amid a scandal that saw veterans dying waiting for a doctor, Adam Andrzejewski wrote in an editorial to Forbes.com.
"A joint investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and our organization, OpenTheBooks.com found that the VA bought Christmas trees priced like cars and sculptures that cost more than five-bedroom homes," Andrzejewski wrote. "Then, there's the two sculptures — with a price tag of $670,000 — for a VA center serving veterans who are blind."
The scandal-stricken VA has veterans who cannot see a doctor, some 1,000 vets dying waiting to do so because of a shortage of doctors; yet, it found a way to procure rare artwork that cannot be seen by the people it serves.
"In an ironic vignette, at a healthcare facility dedicated to serving blind veterans — the new Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center — the agency wasted $670,000 on two sculptures no blind veteran can even see," he wrote.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke to a gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, pledging to clean up the mess of the VA.
"Our debt to you is eternal," Trump told the VFW gathering. "Yet our politicians have totally failed you.
"The VA scandals that have occurred are widespread and totally inexcusable."