Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Joins with American Legion to Call for a Review of VA’s Performance Appraisal System

Spring 2013

Washington, DC – Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is justifiably outraged over VA regional director Michael Moreland receiving the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award when VA facilities in his region are under review for a recent Legionnaires’ outbreak. JWV joins with American Legion to demand a competent review of the appraisal system at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

According to the US Veterans Affairs Inspector General, a series of systemic failures at the Pittsburgh VA led to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2011-12 that killed five veterans. Despite knowledge of this outbreak, Mr. Moreland was nominated for the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and his nomination was approved by the White House. Along with his award, Mr. Moreland received a $62,895 bonus.

The procedure allowing Mr. Moreland to receive this award should be investigated.

In response to this news, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, stated, “When it comes to executive bonuses, apparently there is no limit to VA’s tone deafness.”

JWV commends Chairman Miller for the strength of his leadership on this issue and his efforts to hold VA accountable.

VA not only owes, but has an obligation, to give the families of the victims an explanation for why Mr. Moreland was allowed to receive this award and bonus. It must immediately seek to have these funds returned to the government. It should undergo a full review of its performance appraisal system to ensure that only fully accountable, highly performing employees receive bonuses.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.


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