TOMAH, Wis. (WEAU) — Nearly 600 veterans who received care at the Tomah VA may have been infected with several types of disease due to violations in infection control procedures. ...The Tomah VA says it's in the process of notifying 592 veterans that they may be infected with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV after they received care from one particular dental provider.
Acting Medical Center Director Victoria Brahm said the dentist was using his own equipment, then cleaning it and reusing it, which violates the VA's regulations....The VA says he did this for one year, from October 2015 through October 2016. It came to light when someone filling in for his assistant noticed what was going on and reported it.
So, this seems like a good moment to point out that if President-elect Trump selects someone unserious to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs, it will be a slap in the face of all the veterans who have suffered at the hands of the agency's malicious, unaccountable bureaucracy over the last several years. He made big promises about fixing the VA while out on the trail — now he has a chance to show he was serious.
After the multiple scandals of recent years, this is no time for the Department of Veterans' affairs to be treated like a political bauble to be handed out to a supporter. Right now, this department needs its guts torn out by someone who's both willing and able to fight the federal employees' union all the way to the gates of Hell. People need to be fired, punished, demoted and replaced.
I know people are talking about Scott Brown — maybe he'd be fine, but he seems like a nice guy, and that's not what the VA needs. Sarah Palin's name has also been floated — she would not be appropriate at all.
Come to think of it, this is one place where Rudy Giuliani might be perfect.