Among the allegations a VA investigation substantiated:
- VA personnel lost study results related to family members of veterans of the Persian Gulf War. The results related to whether diseases such as brain damage were passed from veteran parents to children due to toxin exposure during the war.
- VA personnel did not follow up on some veterans who admitted to having suicidal ideas -- and who later committed suicide -- during a study of Gulf War veterans.
- Some VA personnel retaliated against Coughlin for his involvement in highlighting deficiencies in VA studies.
We're now just waiting for the other shoe to drop to see what actions will be taken to prevent these egregious errors from reoccurring.
Special thanks to VA leaders who helped ensure this investigation moved forward, House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Subcommittee Chairman (and Gulf War Veteran) Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), and especially Dr. Steve Coughlin, who gave up his career at VA to speak up and out on behalf of two generations of veterans. Thanks, too, for award-winning journalist Jamie Reno for helping break this important news story that affects countless veterans through to the present.
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SOURCE: International Business Times, Jamie Reno reporting (2/19/2014)