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Why Can’t the VA Solve Its Own Problems?

The ‘too big to fail’ arguments of the financial bubble are behind us. The concept that a privately run organization should be bailed out by the tax payer for their failed financial practices is still seen in a negative light around the country. People expect an organization to show compliance with the laws. When actions are committed that are contrary to these laws, rules, and internal regulations, people expect employees to be held accountable. Why then is it that the Department of Veteran Affairs cannot seem to demonstrate this?

I have read stories about constant malfeasance, corruption, and downright scandals and yet seen public announcements that the VA cannot simply fire its way to excellence. This logic simply ignores common sense. It is a one-dimensional argument that does not factor in the second and third order effects. An organization that retains poor quality is an organization that permits poor results to be the standard. The opposite is true in regards to an organization which consistently removes underperforming employees and practices.

Thomas E. Ricks, in his book The Generals, identified how ruthless General George C. Marshall was about removing underperforming officers. By removing the lackluster leaders, room was made for up and coming subordinates to step into positions of greater responsibility and therefore improve the organization as a whole. From this pool came Eisenhower, a pivotal figure during World War II and afterwards.

Injured VetIf the actions performed by the Veteran Affairs employees are not in line with the basic principles of the organization, then action must be taken. Removing poor performers is one solution, and while it should not always be the only solution, it is important to remember that it sets the tone for future actions by employees. When illegal, immoral, or downright dirty actions result in employees (regardless of position) being fired, future employees will reconsider repeating the actions. This in and of itself helps to impose change.

The arguments of the VA would justify keeping mass murderers in the military because they had performed well at one point. It would keep drug addicts, because not every drug user has been kicked out in the past and it would set an immoral standard to kick this one out. It would encourage the recently fired leaders of the Wounded Warrior Project to instead be given an annual pay raise because, at the end of the day, what are standards really anyways?

The Department of the Veteran Affairs has to recognize that organizations need to work to retain talent and remove problems. They too should follow suit and recognize the value in removing the weeds that have grown up over the years. By doing so, senior leaders will allow sunshine to reach further down, and those junior employees will have the same opportunity to step up and grow. Hopefully, in the process, they can be arbiters of change within the company and create a new dynamic – one which is dedicated to the care of veterans, not care for the VA.

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Kyle Soler

Kyle Soler is an active duty Infantry Officer serving in the US Army. He has served in the military for more than 10 years, working his way from an Infantry Squad Leader to a Company Commander with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in between. Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Willamette University, and three Master degrees from Jones International University in Information Security Management, Health Care Management, and International Business. He also holds certifications in Six Sigma Lean and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. His primary focus is realigning organizational priorities to get the most out of the time available in terms of training and development. Prior to entering military service, he worked as a fire fighter and an EMT. His areas of knowledge include military, training, leadership, disaster and continuity planning.
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4 thoughts on “Why Can’t the VA Solve Its Own Problems?

  1. Kyle,

    You are a hero and you have my complete respect.

    Regarding the VA, from what I know, NO ONE HAS BEEN FIRED at the VA. They merely get reassigned, relocated, and otherwise retained even in the face of incompetence.

    What can be done? What can we do? The situation at the VA, even after the last couple years of media attention, is not all that different. It is a national disgrace.

    John
    Former Infantry Platoon Leader, Vietnam, 1970, 196th Inf Bde, Americal.

    1. First and foremost remember who you are, and why you care! Someone you love taught you that this is the Greatest Country to Have Every Been Created!
      We fight for the idea that some day all Country’s will have our Freedom! Each day we get closer to our Goal as a Nation.
      The Goal of Peace without fear, and fair trade for equal goods.
      Yes their are big bumps on the way, but we are on the right road. We love this country!!!
      I say, let’s pray for our leaders to make the right ( hard ) decisions. ???

  2. You don’t live under “threat of loss”if you ever ask a question or for help from the VA”. In FL for years it’s a rule; you ask for evaluation as problem gets worse. You can lose all! From 60% to Zero. Based on the mood of a MD who dose not speak English. They can write freely unquestioned anything that they wish in a vets medical record. No one will ever believe the vet. We don’t even have to be there.
    Never would OIG who is part of the (VA) check their VA security camera’s time stamps. See if the Medical records match the appointment records. Then do some leg work and ask them at home in person.
    A vet can have a wonderful medical experience at a vet treatment hospital and never step foot in the door.. Just smile and say “Yes Sir” when spoken too. Fear is the VA power over its user and they have it down to the art of loss medical records. Loss people. Ask to see a north FL vets ID, if they even have one 100 miles from the Hospital. VA who ?

  3. You don’t live under “threat of loss”if you ever ask a question or for help from the VA”. In FL for years it’s a rule; you ask for evaluation as problem gets worse. You can lose all! From 60% to Zero. Based on the mood of a MD who dose not speak English. They can write freely unquestioned anything that they wish in a vets medical record. No one will ever believe the vet. We don’t even have to be there. You can see a vet in15 min or less. You do the math for a 8 hr day = productive??
    Never would OIG who is part of the (VA) check their VA security camera’s time stamps. See if the Medical records match the appointment records. Then do some leg work and ask them at home in person.
    A vet can have a wonderful medical experience at a vet treatment hospital and never step foot in the door. Makes you wonder if the Vets were ever there? I had to realize the Federal & local County joined to give this fine well train staff. Just smile and say “Yes Sir” when spoken too. Fear is the VA power over its user and they have it down to the art of loss medical records. Loss people. Ask to see a north FL vets ID, if they even have one 100 miles from the Hospital. VA all bad is not fair, some of the staff I have met over the years are nice, they are the overworked ones. In all truth- low pay-and some “you promised me this and that” is hard to deal with each rare meeting..
    I had a call last month out of the blue said they were the VA. and only 1/2 the stuff came. What’s new? Wonder who/what was billed in my name? Slick system….. Yes Sir! What ever you say Sir!
    How many more DAV get telephone medical service -all done by mystery phone call- ( forgot the EEphone you promised this month) Make all Congress use their local (my VA,–medical)not the DC one. See how long that last. Love it?

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