VA Employees Threatened To Sign Deering Petition

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VA employees say they were threatened into signing the Dr. Darren Deering petition to VA leadership. The petition supports keeping Deering despite his role in the wait list.

Whistleblower Jared Kinnaman, a vocational counselor, came forward about the unethical practice to support a Phoenix VA insider, “It’s an absolute shocker that that would happen within our system. I can’t believe that they would allow that to happen.”

RELATED: About Dr. Darren Deering Petition

What Kinnaman is talking about was the petition pushed by Chief of Social Work David Jacobson. “I’ve had a couple of employees come up to me and say that they felt threatened by the petitions,” he said.

Jacobson sent an email to other employees pushing signing of the petition supporting Dr. Deering that essentially thumbs its nose at VA leadership’s decision to remove the doctor. VA leadership said it needed Deering gone in order to move past the criminal wait list that was uncovered at its facility in 2014. Dr. Deering stood by former facility director Sharon Helman when the duo told the American public that nothing was going on.

Some veteran signed the petition with the name they think it deserves and commented on it. For example, my favorite was “Youmust B. Shittingme”. Luckily, the note from Jacobson included his contact information including his cell in case people wanted to reach out to him about the petition. (see below for cell)

COMMENT ON IT: Dr. Darren Deering Petition

DEERING PETITION – DAVID JACOBSON EMAIL

Jacobson wrote:

“I am considering sending an email to Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson to express my support for Dr. Deering. I have not drafted one yet and feedback would be appreciated for the wording or any comments you think should be included such as examples of how he supported you. I would like to word it in a way that is positive and shows our support for him. Those of you who would be comfortable adding your name to it, please let me know and I will include you in my email. I will send a draft to those interested in being included before sending so that you would know exactly what is being expressed.“

SEE IT: Full Petition Email From David Jacobson

Other leadership at the facility called Deering their “rock” at the facility. He is credited with holding the facility together during the period of the scandal and its subsequent refusal to adopt new accountability methods.

Is Dr. Deering the kind of “rock” you want at your VA?

There is a silver lining here. I am concerned that Phoenix VA executives are willfully ignorant about what veterans want in Phoenix. They seem in complete denial.

You see, I am concerned that Phoenix VA executives are willfully ignorant about what veterans want in Phoenix. They seem in complete denial.

So I want you to have an opportunity to call Jacobson directly to let him know what you think about his petition and the attached email.

Here is David Jacobson’s contact information. I am sure he would appreciate knowing what you think about the petition:

David Jacobson, LCSW
Chief of Social Work
Integrated Ethics Program Officer
Phoenix VA Health Care System
(602) 277-5551 ext. 7680
Cell 480-399-4796
Fax: (602) 222-2654

Do you think Deering should keep his job?

Jacobson would love to hear from you. To give some context, Jacobson is the head of the social work department that let suicidal veterans walk out of the facility without care. He is also linked to the harassment and attempted termination of whistleblower Brandon Coleman.

Sound like the kind of leader we should support? Do you think his petition supporting Deering and his subsequent endorsement is something you have an opinion about?

Give Jacobson a call to let him know what you think about the Darren Deering petition.

Source: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31561842/va-employees-being-threatened-to-sign-petition-in-support-of-embattled-doctor

CorpsmanuP! (@Tang1967)

Adding some “antlers” to Deering would have had a profound effect on this story.
The employees at these facilities, definetly need to be called out on their rationale on this behavior.
Seems to me, that they are corroborating with each other to protect themselves and all veterans should do the same with any transaction at VA. Fuck Bob, Sloan and every last fuckbucket who engage in this behavior. Oh yeah and fuck the VA OIG!

ronald
ronald

could’nt have said any better. PS FUCKEM ALL

Reuben Castro Acosta

AMEN BRO

namnibor

Thank you Whistleblower, Jared Kinnaman for coming forward with that VA Kryptonite called Accountability.
Seems the Phoenix, VAMC needs to be shaken AND stirred to get the belligerent resistant infection to let it’s claws loose of Veterans and other VA Employees.

VA Whistleblowers, we Veterans have your six!!!!! Thanks and keep it up! People’s lives depend upon it.

crazy elf
crazy elf
Many thanks to the “MAN”, Jared Kinnaman, who came forward to “Whistleblow” on this stupid idea! Three people get fired! One is Deering. He wants his job back because ????? Don’t count on it. I’ve mentioned this before. The (lowly) schedulers had to have been “trained” on “how” to “manipulate the wait times on the computers!” If one looks at the “WHO”, it had to have been someone(s) in upper management. As to the “WHY”, it had to have been… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf

P.S.
My wife just sent this to me. Y’all should google and watch the video.

It’s from “Infowars dot com”
Titled;
“Video: The Assassination of Donald Trump”

March 25, 2016 / by Dr. Rich Swier

An informative article and video to say the least!

crazy elf
crazy elf

P.P.S.
Here’s another one (video) y’all should check out.
It’s from “InfoWars Daily News” titled;
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by Patrick Mankin
March 2016

Here’s a quote;
“Warning – This video will assault you with the truth!”

Check it out. One thing I find interesting is the amount of attacks and people murdered isn’t in quite adding up to what our current administration, and the main stream media, is letting out!

crazy elf
crazy elf

P.S. again.
Here’s an article from “BreitBart”
titled;
“Thousands Pledge To Get Arrested In D.C. Protests Next Month”
by Aaron Klein
24 Mar. 2016

This is backed by Soros!
Plus the AFL/CIO is going to want their members to attend this “alleged peaceful rally” or “protest”!
Read and “become better informed!”

91Veteran
91Veteran

I agree…a HUGE thanks to Kinnamon for exposing this BS.
From the wording of Jacobsons email, I’m sure he would say there was no coercion involved whatsoever…that he just wanted to give concerned employees a voice.

This should, SHOULD be a wake-up to other supervisors that if you want to push crap like this on your staff that it will come back to vote you.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Vote=bite. Stupid auto-cowreck.

ronald
ronald

thank you Jared Kinnaman

James

The social worker will probably be the new director

91Veteran
91Veteran

Did I call it? Or did I call it about what it might look like if some employees signed this stupid petition while others did not.

Add the unethical coecion to the list of charges he is being fired for.

namnibor

Yes you did! Keep those screenshots of petition and all, just in case. As we know, the VA has an uncanny ability to fling BS among the best primates at the zoo like a boomerang and may comeback to haunt again this time next year. 🙂

Still quite pissed about the Veteran’s Suicide and Blackout as if it never happened.

namnibor

Finally, an article found on Veteran’s Suicide. “”””http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/man-who-set-himself-on-fire-at-northfield-veterans-clinic/article_b7a4a712-f04e-11e5-a39b-3f42b9138511.html”””

91Veteran
91Veteran

Same here. I guess I was damn naive to think other media would pick it up.
As for the screen shots, all those have been sent to Ben In a PDF file that is easily readable.
…and likely includes Phoenix employees signature.

Phxemployee
Phxemployee
This e-mail doesn’t even mention the petition. I’d isnt see s link to the petition or a request for anyone to sign it. The petition was started by doctors. This e-mail mentions drafting a letter to Sec McDonald and clearly states that it hasn’t been written yet and soliciting feedback. I failed to see any threat or coercion in this email. If someone felt threatened by this benign email life must be he** for them. I agree that Jacobson shouldn’t… Read more »
namnibor
This reads as VA rats knowing i’s time to jump the ship they have sunk but are belligerent to the end because the VA teats are still there. The rat nest is stirring. “Resistance IS Futile”. Light is being shone into the VA Black Hole and Veterans are just starting to see signs of distorted light coming out the rear orifice of sad Black Hole. Activism to make the VA held accountable and best VA it can be for Veterans… Read more »
namnibor

Please excuse my typos above. Been a tough neurological week for me and no doubt, many Veterans.

Robin Mitchell
namnibor, after having one top employee after another step in on my husband’s case and then disappear into the woodwork our congressman has the names of two top ones Sloan Gibson put on it. He isn’t letting them go. This past Monday he caught Indianapolis VBA Director Michael Stephens playing a game with evidence from the file and it made Gibson’s guys look stupid. Luckily, the congressman had us put the evidence in thru his office and he has confirmation… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
If Deering is as innocent as the wind driven snow, what specific actions did he take during his 11 years as a VA employee, and 4 years as Chief of Staff? You were in the emails and in the room. Why not enlighten us rubes? Why is it lower ranking whistle blowers had to step forward since the wait scandal? What would Dr. Foote say about Deerings tenure? Why is it officials such as Deering are always innocent of wrong… Read more »
James

What job do you hold

crazy elf
crazy elf
@Phxemployee: These five questions are burning; 1.) hasn’t been written yet.” – WTF OVER! Didn’t you watch the video? OK, asswipe, how the fuck did the local news station get a copy of it? 2.) “wasn’t fired for scheduling” – Then, IF he’s such a ‘good guy’, fucker, WHY the hell isn’t he out there yelling and screaming about all the egregious acts committed by all the other asswipes? And, as you say, “…he was told what to say…”, WTF… Read more »
Chuck M
Chuck M

I called the # I seriously doubt the Veterans Admistrarion is informed of how many of us consider him a bureau puppet and complete idiot,however I left the message?

Reuben Castro Acosta

MR DEERING NEEDS TO NEEDS TO BE IN A FEDERL PRISION ASAP THE FAT LITTTLE TURD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reuben Castro Acosta

MR DEERING @ SHARON HELLMAN NEED TO BE IN FEDERAL PRISOIN ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reuben Castro Acosta

AMEN BRO

James

Good to see all the new veterans

Brandon Coleman
Brandon Coleman
My name is Brandon Coleman. You can reach me at myshortbus4life (at) yahoo.com. Unlike “Phxemploee”, I have no problem giving my name. My agenda is the truth. I have fought for that since I came forward in stating suicidal vets were eloping from the ER and that my personal HIPAA protected veteran medical records were being rifled through by my co workers. (It has been proven at this point that up to 10 suicidal vets eloped from the Phoenix VA… Read more »
namnibor

Thank you Brandon for all you have done and continue to do in helping bring accountability to the VA and making the VA the best VA for Vets, survivors and Spouses. Maybe the next President will give you the honors you rightly earned as well as all the other quashed Whistleblowers at the VA.

James

The quilty feel guilty they are guilty

James

Thanks for keeping it real !

91Veteran
91Veteran
Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do Brandon. As a vet who has fought stupidity at various VA hospitals for 25 years, I owe every whistle blower a huge thanks for the changes you guys are making. In addition, I don’t apologize in the slightest for taking screen shots of every name on that petition. If Phoenixemployee feels unsafe, imagine what veterans feel like ever time we go to the VA and put serious health issues… Read more »
ronald
ronald

Thank you Brandon

Don Karg
Don Karg
03/25/2016 Dear Benjamin Krause, Happy Easter–Hope the Holidays are good, I heard that the VA Secretary is coming to your State this month. Been busy catching up on Income—making F-16 Radar components and AR 15 Components at two different jobs—it all happened when Senator McCain had to sign for his letter in Washington on 02/04/2016—started work the next week 70 Hours from a dead stop for years. Phoenix can play games—-Stanton, the Mayor, never responded in writing about the 293… Read more »
Robert Davies
“After The Perfect Storm” #JohnnyComeLately – When Karg wrote “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki — throws the entire enterprise into question. Are the best and brightest really this dull?” (Gerson, M., Washington Post, 2014). I was inclined to think back to the day in 1992 when after filing 3 claims for damages, and then subsequent civil suits, claiming that the City of Long Beach, Ca (C-17 builders), the Long Beach Police Department, and… Read more »
James

Really !Ben’s shaking NOT

Robert Davies

Ben! Shouldn’t be shaking…

James

He’s not we have his back !

namnibor

Smelling Troll amongst the Easter fixings…a bad jelly bean? I am.

David Hendrickson

Just as long as he never comes to the Amarillo VAMC. We may be the 3rd best but we are all fucked up .

crazy elf
crazy elf

I hope all of you are celebrating a Glorious Easter!

Richard Donegan
Richard Donegan
Phxemployee, you are a coward and I’d bet my bottom dollar you are not a veteran. If you have something to say, say it, but use your real name. Just as everyone here is not afraid to use their real names you should not be afraid to use yours, either. Your comments are not worth the time it takes to read them. They mean nothing because you are a coward who can write whatever you want and hide behind your… Read more »
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