VA Spent Millions on Solar Panels In Lieu of Caring For Patients

As a veteran myself, this is appalling and maddening on so many levels.

Via Daily Signal

Veterans Affairs hospitals have spent millions on solar panels while veterans waited months to see a doctor.

Delayed care resulted in at least 23 deaths, according to one VA fact sheet. In Phoenix, 18 patients died while waiting for treatment, acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed on June 5.

The VA scandal has resulted in the resignations of both Secretary and the leaders of its health care component.

That same Phoenix facility spent $20 million to build the nation’s largest solar carport. Phase one of the project was completed in 2011. The hospital also had an $11.4 million shortfall that year, an inspector general report stated.

The Phoenix hospital is not the only VA hospital to have installed solar panels. Millions in stimulus funds were used to install panels on two facilities, one Albuquerque, N.M., and another in nearby Tucson, Ariz. At the Tucson location, the VA spent $14.7 million between 2010 and 2012 to install solar panels on the roof of its medical center.

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