In the aftermath of the 2008 Credit Crisis, bailed out banks and corporations were allowed to pay out billions in bonuses to the very people who’s speculation and fraud led to the bringing of the global financial system to the brink of collapse. Now seven years later, Washington is following in the same footsteps as Wall Street by giving out $142 million in bonuses to V.A. workers who played a role in the scandal that led to hundreds of deaths of veterans and servicemen.
The Veterans Administration has seen two major scandals in the past decade, with little more than embarrassment and righteous indignation coming from their revelations. First under President George W. Bush, V.A. hospitals were found to be dilapidated and unsafefor the servicemen coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. And then under Barack Obama, watchdog groups blew the whistle on secret ‘lists’ that ensured veterans were not given proper care and treatments, with hundreds of them dying due to their inability to get even the most basic of care.