Monday, May 20, 2013
STARS AND STRIPES: VA Researcher Quits Over Alleged VA Deployment Health Research Coverup
In the story below, the well deserved press blasting VA continues. The story below is yet another in the dozens regarding former senior VA researcher-turned-whistleblower Steve Coughlin's serious allegations regarding VA's mishandling and "research" coverup of Gulf War and other deployment health issues.
VA's many failures of Gulf War veterans were addressed in an appropriately critical March 13th Congressional investigative and oversight hearing. This one is in Stars and Stripes, a leading publication for current military forces. One can only imagine the impact on troop morale of such sadly accurate news coverage regarding the federal government's ineptitude and covering up of serious deployment health outcomes.
To date, there has been no public announcement from VA Secretary Eric Shinkeki regarding how -- or if -- he has heard the message loud and clear and is pledging to correct these many serious wrongs. That is the story that should be published in troop publications like Stars and Stripes.
Instead, it's just more about VA's continued failures of Gulf War veterans, where 22 years after the war VA still has no effective treatments for Gulf War Illness, in several key offices still denies Gulf War Illness as a unique and identifiable condition even exists, and without a serious shakeup in VA's research and public health offices remains worthy of last year's "No Confidence" finding by the federal advisory body responsible for overseeing Gulf War health research efforts.
When will VA get it right?
SOURCE: Stars and Stripes, via The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald. Randal Yakey reporting