Thursday, November 19, 2015

VA Counselor "dress up as a disabled Marine for Halloween"

Bad judgement match bad attitude? Consider what this man is in charge of and then understand how the veterans must feel after discovering this stunt was supposed to be funny.
The VA counselor who thought it would be funny to dress up as a disabled Marine for Halloween
Washington Post
Lisa Rein
November 19, 2015
Pottle, who runs therapy groups for veterans with substance abuse issues, has apologized in e-mails to Coleman and to his supervisors at the Phoenix VA.
A social worker at the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix has been placed on leave after he wore a Halloween costume to work that appeared to mock a disabled Marine who was punished for reporting the mishandling of suicidal veterans.

The social worker’s supervisor, who allegedly allowed him to wear the costume all day, also has been placed on administrative leave, officials said, while VA brings in outside investigators to sort out what happened.

“In the scheme of things, this was not in good taste,” Jean Schaefer, spokeswoman for the Phoenix VA, said Wednesday of Jeremy Pottle, who came to work on Oct. 30 wearing a blond wig with blond ponytail, fake beard and fake U.S. Marine Corps tattoos, a cane and a pillow under his shirt to make it look like he had a pot belly, according to witnesses.
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