“If you blow the whistle, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.”
That’s what President Obama said on Aug 7, 2014. The President’s remark was made when referencing whistleblowers within Veterans Affairs. It was on that same day that President Obama signed a bill to pledge $16 billion to Veterans Affair. The bill received nearly unanimous bi-partisan support, the reason being just how beneficial it will be to veterans. No longer will those who served our nation’s military have to wait an unreasonable amount of time to seek medical treatment. Veterans will now be able to visit civilian doctors if they live far from a VA medical center or if a VA medical center would be unable to accommodate them within 30 days.
The VA has been riddled with coverups, hiding just how poorly treated veterans were. With the new bill, President Obama has encouraged the new VA secretary to fire anyone who is not properly doing their job. Additionally, as stated earlier, President Obama has encouraged those brave enough to come forward and reveal wrong-doings within the VA.
President Obama’s comments are hopefully aimed generally, and not just to those within the VA. As our President said, whistleblowers should be thanked, not punished.
The Washington Post has an excellent article detailing the new bill. Read it here.