The VA doesn’t hire many actual veterans, but they do sign on the occasional sex offender

posted at 9:21 am on January 7, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Given all the “issues” that the VA has run into over the past few years (to put it kindly) you might think that they’d look to some actual veterans to help sort things out. But according to yet another investigative effort by the Daily Caller, we learn that you’d be wrong. People holding the top spots in the agency across the country are, by and large, not veterans themselves despite the impressive supply of returning heroes available and qualified for such positions.

Despite a long-running government-wide push to hire veterans, only 13 percent of the top officials managing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system medical facilities are veterans and only two of those facilities are run by doctors who served in the military, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

TheDCNF analysis examined the biographies of the 300 top employees who run VA’s 75 medical centers and regional offices, including directors, chiefs of staff and associate and assistant directors. (See interactive database below and here.) The original Veterans Preference Act in federal employment became law in 1944.

Viewing the 13 percent figure, it’s almost as if the VA wants to ensure that, if veterans do work for the agency, they don’t have the power to make changes.

It’s kind of amazing that federal jobs of any sort don’t have a higher percentage of veterans holding them, say nothing of positions at the VA. One of the few places where there is justification for a small bit of preference in hiring practices is the nation’s willingness to help returning service members more quickly find a productive place in the civilian world. When you go to take a civil service test for government jobs, for example, you’ll get a few extra points on your score for being a vet. This applies to the majority of government jobs at every level. And while unofficial in nature, even civilian companies frequently give a few “bonus points” to people with military service on their resume. When it comes to the VA, you’d almost have to make a concerted effort not to get more than 13% veteran hiring.

But if vets aren’t getting those jobs, then who is? Well, the DC came up with at least one example which should raise a few eyebrows.

A Tomah Department of Veterans Affairs employee responsible for counseling inpatient female veterans in the PTSD and substance abuse units has just been jailed over multiple sexual assault allegations, according to reports received by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

An internal public affairs memo corroborates those reports, though the exact nature of the behavior was not mentioned, nor was an employee named.

However, reports indicate that the employee is likely Charles Davis, a mental health peer support specialist who allegedly forced oral sex on one woman and exposed his penis to two other women. Other women are coming forward now that word has spread around the facility of Davis’ booking in the Monroe County jail. In total, Davis faces seven charges, though exactly what those charges are at this point is unclear.

The alleged sexual predator was immediately placed on Administrative Absence and removed from clinical care duties, which I’m sure will come as a great comfort to the patients. As if the VA didn’t have enough trouble already, female veterans already traumatized from their time in service come home to find out they’ve got an appointment with a sex offender. I wonder if they’ll actually manage to fire this guy, or if removing people like this from their government positions will remain impossible.

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Disgusting…

OmahaConservative on January 7, 2016 at 9:25 AM

” We could save SO much money if the .GOV managed ALL healthcare.”

-UE

WryTrvllr on January 7, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Welcome to the world of single payer.

Younggod on January 7, 2016 at 9:29 AM

As if the VA didn’t have enough trouble already, female veterans already traumatized from their time in service come home to find out they’ve got an appointment with a sex offender.

…Bill “DirtBag” Clinton is working for the VA..??

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 9:31 AM

How much you wanna bet he’s on PAID Administrative Absence?!

jeanneb on January 7, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Top-down government disliking of military and citizens…

albill on January 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Obama wants veteran soldiers to die.


Why? because they don’t support him and didn’t vote for him, and might oppose him with arms if he decides that his Presidency will last beyond 1/20 next January…

And they aren’t muslims.

ConstantineXI on January 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

When you go to take a civil service test for government jobs, for example, you’ll get a few extra points on your score for being a vet.

There are no more Civil Service Tests for most Federal positions. The State Department still uses them for some FSO positions I think.

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

He will probably get promoted and given a raise.

NeoKong on January 7, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Meanwhile : VA tries to confiscate Disabled Veteran’s guns.

LoganSix on January 7, 2016 at 9:35 AM

But of course sex offenders are hired because our elitist masters do not want responsibility and accountability that is instilled in the majority of our honored vets.

That’s just not what our control-freak government wants.

Turtle317 on January 7, 2016 at 9:36 AM

There are no more Civil Service Tests for most Federal positions. The State Department still uses them for some FSO positions I think.

Fair point. Still at the state level, though I don’t know if that’s the name. My niece wanted to apply for a data entry position with the state and had to go take a test. They did ask if you were a veteran and gave extra points for it. That was only last year.

Jazz Shaw on January 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

I haven’t had any dealings with the VA, piss be upon them, since I got out.

claudius on January 7, 2016 at 9:44 AM

People holding the top spots in the agency across the country are, by and large, not veterans themselves despite the impressive supply of returning heroes available and qualified for such positions.

I wonder how many of them are of the proper color, orientation & ideology though…

Rogue on January 7, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Yeah, as noted– no more federal civil service exams except in unique circumstances (like the Foreign Service exam), have been gone for decades now. REALLY dating yourself there, Jazz :-).

That said, it is accurate that there is a veteran’s hiring preference for federal jobs, it’s part of the application process– and it’s in fact quite significant, i.e. all things being equal, a veteran will beat out a non-veteran every time, at least in DoD. Whether that holds true at VA or not… dunno.

DaveatGarfieldRidge on January 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

It’s kind of amazing that federal jobs of any sort don’t have a higher percentage of veterans holding them, say nothing of positions at the VA.

That’s because the federal bureaucracy has morphed into the Imperial China bureaucracy. It looks out for its own interests, not the interests of the American citizen.

rbj on January 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

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artist on January 7, 2016 at 9:56 AM

It’s kind of amazing that federal jobs of any sort don’t have a higher percentage of veterans holding them, say nothing of positions at the VA.

Wonder no longer Jazz, as I shall endeavor to explain this to you. 80 plus percent of the US Military are Conservatives. They swore an oath to Protect and Defend the United States Constitution (NOT the Federal Government), which they take incredibly seriously.

The Marxist infiltration and takeover of the United States Federal Government began at the bureaucratic level, and they make damned sure that actual patriotic United States Constitution supporting American citizens do not become a large enough percentage to counter their Marxist agenda.

Yes Jazz, I know you think this is tin-foil hat stuff, but tragically it really is not.

oscarwilde on January 7, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Fair point. Still at the state level, though I don’t know if that’s the name. My niece wanted to apply for a data entry position with the state and had to go take a test. They did ask if you were a veteran and gave extra points for it. That was only last year.

Jazz Shaw on January 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

I am sure alot of States still use competitive exams. I know NYC does and they had a big reverse discrimination lawsuit because of it, but the author is specifically referencing the VA which does not use exams for hiring.

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

There are probably more gays and trannies working at the VA than actual combat veterans. And gays/trannies aren’t even 2% of the population.

ConstantineXI on January 7, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Meanwhile : 40,000 packages of backlog claims found in single VA office

LoganSix on January 7, 2016 at 10:08 AM

The problem is created by the fact the senior government employees (heavily liberal) write the “position descriptions” and requirements.

Most of these GS-14 thru SES positions (especially at the VA) require a Masters or PhD in a completely worthless field (‘soft’ sciences). …which leads to even more leftist infestation.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on January 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Officials in the VA claim there are not that many qualified veterans. Yet most officers have college degrees and many veterans, officers and enlisted alike, attend college after leaving the military.

The government goes out of its way to locate blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, gays, etc. If it took the effort, it could find plenty of qualified veterans.

bw222 on January 7, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Under the Obama admin, a lot of our agencies have been turned into modern day WPA programs for affirmative action.

lineholder on January 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM

People holding the top spots in the agency across the country are, by and large, not veterans themselves despite the impressive supply of returning heroes available and qualified for such positions.

-snip-

It’s kind of amazing that federal jobs of any sort don’t have a higher percentage of veterans holding them, say nothing of positions at the VA.

What do you expect when the Secretary of the Army never served a day in the military, let alone the Army?

Mitoch55 on January 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM

How much you wanna bet he’s on PAID Administrative Absence?!

jeanneb on January 7, 2016 at 9:31 AM

I bet he got one of the big bonuses last year for ‘personalized compassionate service’

If they do fire him, I am sure Harvard or Yale will give him a full professorship in the department of sexual abusers.

Bill Clinton is the emeritus chairman of that department

txdoc on January 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Yet most officers have college degrees and many veterans, officers and enlisted alike, attend college after leaving the military.

All officers have a minimum of a Bachelors degree, to make it past O-4, one must generally must have a Masters, unfortunately, the latter sometimes leads to flaky degrees, but there are also a lot of Doctorate holders out there (H.R McMasters being a prime example) .

Most senior enlisted accumulate a minimum of a bachelors along the way, though after 9-11 there were a lot coming in with.

That the VA cannot find qualified applicants from the ranks of veterans is bollocks.

F X Muldoon on January 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Meanwhile : Doctor gets punished for determining a nurse was killing VA patients

LoganSix on January 7, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Everytime I read one of these stories (and there are a distressingly large number of them), I wonder what the “punishers” think they are doing by going after the whistle-blowers instead of the actual malefactors.
What did the VA achieve by protecting a serial murderer instead of investigating and removing him??
The usual answer is “avoiding scandal” but there was an equivalent, if not greater, scandal in persecuting the doctors, and a final blow-out scandal when the cover-up finally failed.

Why not just do the right thing in the first place?!?

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

I work in the DoD and all the GS and close to all the contractors are veterans. Veterans get a five point preference and disabled veterans get a 10 point preference.

NoDonkey on January 7, 2016 at 11:45 AM

FIRE HIM? Hell! He’ll be promoted, given raise, a larger office……….

GarandFan on January 7, 2016 at 11:51 AM

the author is specifically referencing

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The commenter to which you’re referring IS the author. :)

GWB on January 7, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Single payer systems are killers of patients.

itsspideyman on January 7, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Trump 2016! Clean out the government cesspool.

ultracon on January 7, 2016 at 1:17 PM

I wonder if they’ll actually manage to fire this guy…

Fat chance I’m giving odds he’ll still be on the payroll while he’s in prison. Any takers?

E9RET on January 7, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Officials in the VA claim there are not that many qualified veterans.

bw222

In this context “qualified” means a reliable Liberal. Most, or at least a large percentage of, veterans tend to be Republican or support Conservative issues. These are NOT the people our government wants in any position that would give them any authority to, say, changes things for the betterment of our vets, especially if doing so upsets their little rackets.

E9RET on January 7, 2016 at 2:45 PM

People holding the top spots in the agency across the country are, by and large, not veterans themselves despite the impressive supply of returning heroes available and qualified for such positions.

-snip-

It’s kind of amazing that federal jobs of any sort don’t have a higher percentage of veterans holding them, say nothing of positions at the VA.

What do you expect when the Secretary of the Army never served a day in the military, let alone the Army?

Mitoch55 on January 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Most people (IMO) that are willing to become a veteran in the first place, have an innate sense of integrity.

Integrity is not high on the list of traits when seeking a political crony with which to partake in quid pro quo.

Oxymoron on January 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM

I wonder if they’ll actually manage to fire this guy…

Fat chance I’m giving odds he’ll still be on the payroll while he’s in prison. Any takers?

E9RET on January 7, 2016 at 2:28 PM

I wouldn’t touch that with your money.

Gator Country on January 7, 2016 at 7:46 PM