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Sat June 7, 2014
VA Whistleblower Says He Wants Action, Not Words
A Veterans Affairs employee who alleges he faced retaliation for reporting problems within the veterans' health system says he isn't reassured by the acting VA secretary's pledge that such intimidation won't be tolerated.
Brian Turner works at San Antonio's North Central Federal Clinic and is one of 37 VA employees who have filed whistleblower complaints with the independent Office of Special Counsel. Turner alleges retaliation by his supervisors for complaining about improper scheduling practices.
During a visit Friday to a VA hospital in San Antonio, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said the department will follow laws that forbid whistleblower retaliation.
Turner said later Friday he would rather see action from Gibson to replace the management structure that Turner believes caused the delays in health care for veterans.
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