Major news channels throughout the nation has reported possible illegal behavior going on at the Phoenix VA which includes forgining documents, keeping secret lists to delay veterans from receiving care. As a result Sec. Shinseki and members of the U.S Congress has called for a full investigation of the VA. They had put the Phoenix VA director Shannon Helman and two others on leave pending the investigations.
From as far back as 2012, the then Women Veteran Program Manager Cara Garcia has made threats against veterans that spoken out about possible mistreatment. Being the Women Veteran Program Manager she saw many women veterans that suffered from being victims of sexual abuse often while serving in the military. To compound the Veteran's trauma, Ms. Garcia used her position and power within the VA to utilze the Phoenix VA police to manipulate these veterans. If that is not bad enough Ms. Garcia would look into the records of the veterans to get a clear indication of what their trauma was and if it was a victim of rape she would work closely with the VA police to ensure that the police officer assigned to the case MATCHES THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE VETERANS' RAPIST.
Why were the VA police called? At times it was because veterans were upset and crying in her office which made Cara Garcia uncomfortable. One time the VA violated HIPAA and when a Veteran brought it to the attention of the VA the VA police was called to question the veteran that reported the HIPAA violation!
Possibly due to multiple complaints against Ms. Garcia the Phoenix decided to move her to a different department instead of firing her. Ms. Garcia is still a social worker at the Phoenix VA.
We are hoping for a full investigation.