Search Site

Whistleblower Discovers Hidden Wait Lists at VA Facilities in Colorado

The U.S. Office of the Inspector General recently uncovered secret wait lists at Veterans Affairs facilities in the Colorado communities of Golden, Colorado Springs and Denver after tips from a whistleblower. The individual reportedly came forward to expose yet another problem at VA locations.

A report from the Inspector General indicated the wait lists that were uncovered made it impossible to know how many veterans were still waiting for care, how long they had waited to receive that care and whether they even got the care they needed.

According to the report, more than 200 veterans were turned down from the Veterans Choice program, which would have enabled them to seek care from therapists outside of the VA. The outrageous wait times were obscured by the use of a system of Excel spreadsheets, mandated from people “pretty high within the organization,” according to the whistleblower.

One veteran who sought help ended up taking his own life after waiting for two weeks to get a call back from the VA. The agency was supposed to reach out to the man within seven days, but failed to do so.

The VA offices say the staff members involved in curating the wait lists misinterpreted guidelines. Investigators, however, said this was no excuse for the negligence on display in the administration’s offices.

Whistleblower reports help uncover wrongdoing

In many cases, systemic wrongdoing within government agencies and private companies would go undiscovered were it not for the reports of whistleblowers. Fortunately, federal protections instituted for whistleblowers in 2011 have removed many of the barriers that once existed for people to come forward and expose wrongdoing.

If you would like to learn more about how you can file a whistleblower claim and get the legal protections you need, meet with a skilled Dallas lawyer at Whistleblower Law for Managers.

Awards & Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
As Seen In
In his new book, "Standing Up to China: How a Whistleblower Risked Everything for His Country," former client & Author, Ashley Yablon, quotes Attorney Steve Kardell about Whistelblower Law.
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.