Just in time for Veterans Day, when we honor those who served their country in uniform, the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has unearthed another scandal.
This time, it's that scheduling staff at a clinic in southern Arizona systematically zeroed out patient wait times for thousands of appointments to make it look like goals were being met.
Worse yet, this cheating took place between December 2013 and August 2014, after the broader VA scandal. What the inspector general found is further evidence of a coverup, and of the fact that the only lesson the bureaucracy learned after being exposed is that it needs to find better ways of hiding its incompetence and dishonesty.
Veterans Day would be a hollow and meaningless celebration if America didn't value its veterans enough to keep its promises to them, no matter how many politicians or bureaucrats have to be thrown out to make this happen.
We have spent an awful lot of time in this space chronicling the many ways in which the VA is letting veterans down. But today is a special day, coming when it does, and it's time to turn to a future in which these problems can actually be fixed.
Now that the long, bitter 2016 election is over, Americans are free to stop thinking about the VA scandal as a partisan issue. It's a new day, and partisans need not become defensive about the agency's disgraceful treatment and broken promises.
Vets will now turn to President-elect Trump with their concerns. He won many of their votes because he was willing to shine a light on the problem, rather than dismiss it, as his opponent did, as "not widespread."
"The VA is, really you could say is almost a corrupt enterprise," Trump declared at one point. At another: "Our vets, our most cherished people, thousands of people are dying waiting on line to see a doctor." His simple promise: "We are going to make it efficient and good."
Let's hope he does. Bold words will not be enough. We sincerely hope Trump follows through ruthlessly on this promise. If so, he will have done the nation a true and necessary service, and he will deserve the gratitude even of the tens of millions who voted against him.
If Trump acts, we expect legislators of all parties and all ideologies to cooperate with him to the fullest extent. Both the supporters and opponents of various wars have at least a basic conception of how much is demanded of those who serve, especially of those in combat, whose applications for benefits have unfairly languished.
America is divided, but everyone owes it to veterans to come together and fix this problem. Veterans Day serves as a reminder that if there is any issue behind which the public can unite, this is it.