Sen. Coburn: VA Settled ‘Wrongful Death’ Cases With Families of 1,000 Veterans

A “perverse culture” within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) led to the “wrongful deaths” of at least 1,000 veterans, according to a new oversight report released Tuesday by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

Referencing data obtained by a Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the blistering report reveals that the VA spent over $200 million in wrongful death payments to 1,000 families of deceased veterans between 2001-2011.

The median payment per victim was $150,000.

“Veterans died because of long waiting lists and insufficient, inappropriate care,” the report, “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA,” stated.

It exposes a government-run health care system in which employees were rewarded for deleting records, ignoring criminal behavior and punishing whistleblowers while Congress looked the other way.