The VA has begun the process of dismissing four high level officials, including one at the center of the 2012 outbreak of legionnaire's disease. It sickened 21 veterans in Pittsburgh and five later died. Drew Griffin tells Anderson that at the VA, "you go on a 'sort of' wait list to be fired."
The state of California cracked down on the charity Help Hospitalized Veterans, after finding it spending hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been going to vets, on big time salaries and golf club memberships. That got the charity banned from VA hospitals. However, Help Hospitalized Veterans is still in business, just under new management. The current CEO is a disgraced former VA administrator with ethics issues of her own. Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is Keeping Them Honest and describes the situation by saying "this is where the poor management at the VA… and very bad veteran charities intersect."
A controversial new report on the VA facilities in Phoenix looked at more than 3,000 cases and found that dozens of veterans faced 'clinically significant' delays in care. The report also said investigators could not conclusively link their deaths to those delays.
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A scathing report has just been released on the VA facilities in Phoenix. The study looked at more than 3,000 cases and found that dozens of veterans had quote 'clinically significant' delays in care, and six of them died. The report says investigators could not conclusively link their deaths to those delays. Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin broke this story and has been Keeping Them Honest from the beginning. He has been going through the report and its disturbing findings.
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There is a rare bipartisan agreement in Congress that comes after months of CNN's reporting on secret wait lists at VA hospitals and veterans dying while waiting for care. A $17 billion deal is aimed at fixing the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. Drew Griffin has been Keeping Them Honest on the problems at the VA, and he breaks down how lawmakers plan to use this money to fix the mess.
Following up a stunning report from Monday evening, on Tuesday Drew Griffin joined Anderson Cooper with an update on the alleged fraudulent record keeping at an Arizona VA hospital.
As the allegations have gained Congressional attention, the Senior Investigative Correspondent noted that action is being taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, consequences are slow to come, especially at the top:
"We do know the VA has begun the termination process with some of the executives there...but [former Phoenix VA Health Care System administrator Sharon Helman] is getting paid."
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On the heels of Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin's exclusive interview with an employee who says she was forced to cover up fraudulent records at an Arizona VA hospital, Congressman Jeff Miller joins Anderson Cooper with his reactions.
Calling the revelations "more than stunning," Miller surmises that the situation is not exclusive to Phoenix, but applauds Pauline DeWenter for summoning the courage to speak up amid altered death records of patients.
The Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Miller calls for accountability, and pledges to continue fighting for the rights of all vets.
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As outrage grows following Egypt's convictions of three Al Jazeera journalists, Ivan Watson joins Anderson Cooper with his personal insights.
Having worked in the past with one of the men currently imprisoned, Watson becomes visibly distressed during the interview, calling the situation "absurd" and "disgraceful."
Admitting to be angry, Watson says the men are guilty only of "committing acts of journalism."
(CNN) – Records of dead veterans were changed to hide how many people died while awaiting care at Phoenix VA hospital, whistle-blower tells CNN in stunning revelations that point to a new cover up in the ongoing VA scandal.
Keeping Them Honest: 57,000+ military veterans are currently waiting for care
The allegation comes from the scheduling clerk who, for the better part of a year, says she was ordered to keep a secret waiting list in her desk drawer. Pauline DeWenter has never spoken publicly about any of it - until now.
Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin has the exclusive interview.
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