Thursday, May 4, 2017

Secretary Veterans Affairs Wants to Close 1,100 Facilitates and Kill Jobs?

This is how they kill off the VA instead of honoring the fact veterans pre-paid for the best care this country could provide them with, but have had to fight the country for it since the Revolutionary War. We really should be ashamed of ourselves for letting Congress get away with all of this!
Shulkin says he’s considering closing 1,100 Veterans Affairs facilities 
ASSOCIATED PRESS 
BY HOPE YEN 
May 3, 2017
The department recently announced hiring restrictions on roughly 4,000 positions despite the lifting of the federal hiring freeze and also left open the possibility of “near-term” and “long-term workforce reductions.” Shulkin is also putting together a broader proposal by fall to expand the VA’s Choice program of private-sector care.
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector. 

At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, costing the federal government $25 million a year. He said the VA would work with Congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering whether to follow a process the Pentagon had used in recent decades to decide which of its underused military bases to shutter, known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC. read more here