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The VA is LYING. All vets know that. They lie to us about claims, about how long things will take to happen, about what they have done with our files, about EVERYTHING. Like many vets, I automatically disbelieve anything that the VA tells me, and I am usually correct.
How lying become so widespread in the VA? The VA is in the HABIT of lying because, right at the top of the VA organization, they are not held responsible to tell the truth to Congress.
When almost ANYONE testifies before Congress, they are sworn in and put under oath. This ensures that the Congressional witnesses will tell the truth, because if they are caught NOT telling the truth, they will be prosecuted for perjury. But, when VA Big Shots are called before Congress to testify before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, (HVAC) they are allowed to testify WITHOUT being sworn in and put under oath. This means there is NO PENALTY, when the these VA Big Shots lie to Congress. Consequently, they lie continually to cover up VA problems and wrong doings from Congress, veterans and taxpayers. Congress ALLOWS this, because they KNOW the VA is LYING, and NOT putting the VA Big Shots under oath saves the Congress the time and embarrassment of prosecuting the VA Big Shots for lying under oath. Sadly, this lying to Congress sets the tone for the entire VA administrative bureaucracy. Once a lie is told to Congress, the same lie filters down through the bureaucracy. The VA administrators KNOW they are lying, but they ALSO are very, very aware that the lack of an oath means there is NO PUNISHMENT for lying to Congress, veterans, taxpayers and low level VA employees.
How can we STOP THE VA FROM LYING????? Look at this ON LINE PETITION, requesting that the House Veteran Affairs Committee (HVAC) CHANGE their rules and start putting the VA Big Shots under OATH, when they testify before Congress. If, we can get a significant number of signatures on the petition, we can embarrass the HVAC into putting the VA Big Shots under oath. Then, since they are under oath we can prosecute the ones who LIE.
VA LYING MAKES LIFE EASIER FOR VA BIG SHOTS AND FOR THE CONGRESSMEN WHO SIT ON HVAC, BUT THE LYING CHEATS VETERANS, TAXPAYERS and ORDINARY VA EMPLOYEES. HELP ME STOP THE LYING. SIGN AND CIRCULATE THIS PETITION TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!