It seems the U-S Veterans Affairs Secretary has some ‘splainin’ to do.
Last month – Michael Moreland –
Who’s in charge of the VA’s Pittsburgh region –
Got a nearly 63-thousand dollar bonus –
And received the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award.
Somehow – before giving Mr. Moreland a fat check –
A gold pin –
And a fancy dinner –
None of the VA higher-ups noticed that –
On his watch –
A Legionnaires disease outbreak occurred at the Pittsburgh V-A –
And continued –
Until more than twenty veterans got sick –
And five died.
Local VA officials wouldn’t talk to anyone –
Not vets or their families –
Not reporters –
Not even members of Congress.
It took the VA’s Office of the Inspector General to get answers.
Its report is scathing.
And begs the question –
With clear evidence of poor management –
How on earth could Mr. Moreland get a presidential award?
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki [shin-SEK-kee] owes veterans and taxpayers both answers –
That includes taking back the award and the bonus.