VA Manager: ‘Thank God’ Hiring Veterans At VA Is Not Mandatory Or Encouraged
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been known for poor management and the improper handling of the paperwork of thousands of veterans. However, a hiring manager in his sworn in deposition recently said “thank God” that they do not give preference to veterans when hiring for a well-paying job.
This comment came after a VA dentistry chief was asked whether or not being a veteran helped him receive a job within the agency. His response, according to a court filing was “not really and thank God.” According to Dr. Gonzalo Solis Sanchez of the VA Caribbean Medical Center said that “Being a scout master in the Boy Scouts would do more to help someone get a top job at the VA than serving in the armed forces. The deposition came in July of 2014 in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought on by the same dentist who is a veteran.
The conversation that followed was:
Q: What other factors are considered, aside from the ranking numbers that you award during the interview?
A: Well, probably the awards, recognitions that the person has had. In this interview, I know that there was a section that we used, given to me by the chief of staff, that it was taken into consideration if this person was involved in outside activities, like, you know, being a scout master, or–
Q: Or a member of the Armed Forces?
A: Not really. I’ve been in the Armed Forces, and I was not selected for the position of chief in three occasions, so-
Q: So that doesn’t have any–
A: Not really. And thank God, because I am a veteran, and I prefer for selections to be made on preparation than — I’ve always heard here that in Title 38 positions, that is not taken into — that’s not the main title taken into consideration, or the main attribute taken into consideration. Like I told you … Okay, I was, I’m a veteran and…
Q: And they never did take that into consideration.
A: They never took that into consideration.
Title 38 refers to the pay-grade that doctors receive for working in the VA. Government-wide, veterans are supposed to be given hiring preference. However, in the VA, the vets get the lowest-paying and worst jobs possible.
h/t: Daily Caller