Protecting our Veterans Dear Friend, This past Friday, I held a hearing in Chicago about the systemic retaliation against VA whistleblowers who uncover mismanagement or veteran mistreatment. We must protect the protectors of veterans to ensure timely, quality care for the 700,000 veterans in Illinois. Read or watch the ABC 7 Chicago story below to learn more about the hearing and the whistleblowers from the Hines VA Hospital right here in Illinois who testified. Sincerely,
CHICAGO (WLS) The U.S. Senate is investigating reports of veterans being mistreated and retaliation against whistleblowers at the Hines VA Hospital near Maywood.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, chairman of the Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee, led a hearing on Friday questioning several of the whistleblowers.
"I want to do all I can to help the professionals who are serving our veterans. We must protect the protectors of our veterans," Kirk said during the hearing.
Lisa Nee, a former Hines cardiologist, told the subcommittee: "There should never be a single instance where a physician must choose between self-preservation and the life of a patient, or suffer an assault to their character in order to obtain accountability for criminal and inhumane acts against patients and fraudulent behavior towards the taxpayer."
Kirk is expected to soon introduce the VA Patients Protection Act.
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