‘Tone Deaf’ Veterans Affairs To Serve Up Ice Cream For Employee Recognition

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Wednesday, Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy will serve up ice cream to his employees after returning from an all-week VA trip to sunny San Diego.

The event supposedly deserving of ice cream is the annual Public Service Recognition Week, and it comes on the heels of massive revelations from VA OIG about the wait list scandal including a number of veterans who died while stuck in the fraud scheme to boost performance numbers while wrongly denying veterans access to timely health care.

RELATED: Over 100 Vets Died While Waiting For Care At Los Angeles

Now, this treat is from the Benefits side of VA, but that side of the agency is also not without its problems. Those range from a claims backlog to an appeals backlog to shredder-gate to Diana Rubens-gate and more. The Benefits side of the house is rife with agency fraud where the agency wrongly denies veterans the benefits they deserve while allegedly steering government contracts to political cronies.

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The move has been described by some insiders as being “tone deaf” to public sentiment and the sentiment of employees who see the serving of ice cream as being disingenuous. One of those insiders sent me the top photo of the invite for my readers to enjoy.

Is Ice Cream The Right Thing?

While there is no question morale is still waning from within the agency, those inside the agency wonder if VA could come up with something more substantive than ice cream.

Or, maybe ice cream is exactly the fleeting treat agency chiefs believe their employees deserve?

I am really curious about how my readers feel on this one, both veterans and VA employees, to see what you think VA should really do for its employees.

Should they get nothing?

Should they get ice cream?

Should they get more than ice cream?

How do you really show recognition of an employee, and do these regular celebrations in the federal government for merely showing up to work resemble similar treatment civilian employees get in Corporate America?

Corporate America Recognition Day?

I asked my wife that question.

She works on the corporate side of a major US-based bank and could not remember one time she had a generic “recognition” day for merely showing up to work at the bank.

We all know President Donald Trump gave them an accountability office while canceling ‘bring your kid to work day’ two weeks ago. The agency reportedly shut down while forcing all employees to watch President Trump sign an executive order creating a new accountability office using livestream.

Meanwhile, after a grueling trip to sunny San Diego for a week with regional office heads from around the country, Under Secretary Tom Murphy will serve up some ice cream.

Will he actually be the one doing the serving? (I would love a photo of that if any employees happen to snap a photo of it on Wednesday.)

Is the ice cream a metaphor of what is to come? Is it an allusion to notorious ice cream eater Warren Buffett? What is to say?

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For me, this ‘ice cream recognition day’ reminds me of a joke I heard in the military while working on the flight line. This is sometimes what I think it’s like working in VA.

Three Men In Hell

Three men went to hell.

The devil said to them “You have come to hell, and you must now choose whether to spend eternity in room 1, 2 or 3”

He then opened the doors to the three rooms.

Room 1 was filled with men standing on their heads, on a hard wooden floor.

Room 2 was filled with men standing on the heads, on a cement floor.

Finally, room 3 had just a few men, standing in sh!t up to their knees and drinking coffee.

The men thought for a while, and decided to go with room 3, as it was less crowded and they could drink coffee.

They entered the door to room 3 and just as it was closing behind them, the devil said “OK men, coffee break’s over. Back on your heads.”

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namnibor
namnibor
Nice joke, Benjamin. So in other words, you are saying the VA is not only “tone Deaf”, but they also have shit in their ears? LOL!!! As far as the ice cream- Since it’s BVA Agent Orange Denier Murphy, may I correctly assume that “Monsanto Orange Cream Swirl” will be the ice cream variety offered or would that only be the case if Veterans were openly invited from the community and THAT “ice cream” would be in a separate entrance and conference room? In any case, just what any engorged purple team at the VA needs; ice cream. Commemorating jobs… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – – – Serve em old Blue Bell ice cream. Woo hoo, got to goo, move out of the way. Here you go Nam, can you add on to this complimentary closure at the end?

~~~A Down and Back End Watery Sounding Gurgle To Those Moink Sounding Baboonic Humping Vet-Boner-ing Rat Bastards [there’s been a rise in Veterans having tissue teared anal fissures, due to the VA Formulary lacking in the supply of slippery slide jelly]~~~ – – – Nutter

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

I meant that I’m tired of being misled and screwed over by these no heart people. I didn’t want anyone to take my statement out of context or proportion.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

1.) The only time I received anything because I showed up for work all the time – was a freaking completely “paycheck!”
Oh, wait, does getting a “smiley face” on my report card, for being there all the time, in first grade count?
2.) A good swift kick in the pants would do nice on all these reprobates! Maybe someone will put some non-tasting & non-smelling kind of “Ex-Lax” in everyone’s ice cream!
They deserve more!

namnibor
namnibor

Listeria or Ex-Lax, the end results are basically the same. LOL!

gary

Since I won’t be able to attend this monumental event, my question is- Will they mail me my ice cream? I live here in New Mexico and it’s started to get hot again so a bowl of delicious VA Ice Cream would be great! Any advice? Maybe they will send it in a box filled with ‘dry ice’?

namnibor
namnibor

Drone delivery is way too advanced for the VA, but for the time being, the VA will have a KC refueling plane filled to each wing full of ice cream and the VA and USAF will spray VA ice cream over your coordinates with the help of the Monsanto Chemical Co. and BVA Agent Orange Denier Murphy…be aware that you will not be able to grow anything where this stuff lands for a generation.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Nam, this is the VA we are talking about. If they delivered ice cream to Gary via drone, it would be frozen hard and dropped right through the roof of his house.

Or show up 7 months from now with some serious scientific growth going on.

gary

91Veteran, You’re right about my roof, I now have a new ‘skylight’. Remind me never to ask for VA Ice Cream again.

gary owen faas

namnibor, Since you posted I’ve been plastered with orange ice cream that killed my dog, drowned my horse, wiped out my tomatoes, poisoned my well, and dropped me a Bill to pay. Maybe I’ll get a Vet Discount?

Hannah Reitsch
Hannah Reitsch
I laughed when they suggested I go to their weight loss program. I told paki “doctor” that it looked like the VA needs to send 98% of staff to weight loss program. And further, it doesn’t look good for the VA weight loss program. Maybe if I went there, instead of being 15 pounds over, I’d end up looking like the staff. This ice cream social for employees who doing a great job for their bosses. When is customer appreciation day for the vets? It’s a stunt, this ice cream crap. And a sideways slap in the face of the… Read more »
Warhorse
Warhorse

I have some “soft serve” gulf war illness, IBS brand I would love to donate to the cause. That fat fuck, “Lil” Cox from AFGE can have the first dish since I’m sure his waddle ass will be at the head of the line.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I haven’t heard anything about Little Cox in a while. Maybe Murphy or some other upper management flunky will deliver ice cream to Little Cox personally.

…with extra cherries.

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Ice cream and cherries on a lilttle cox…………….interesting.
I’m betting the delivery will be in the rear, under the rainbow flag, mums the word, grunt, grunt, oink, oink.
Someone should call little cox, and ask if ice cream day, is the newest ‘holiday” listed in the union contract. Grunt, grunt, oink, oink, snort, snort.

VAISLYING INC

come mucha merdia pwendejo va dc hq !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Don’t think that Cox is into Cherries. Given cherries are a fruit and he looks like he avoids all fruits in his diet.

But I am sure when he wakes up from one of his whooping ass dreams he chows down a bowl of dingle berries. Matter of fact maybe all the attendees should have a choice of crunchy or fudge like dingle berries for their toppings.

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@Seymore Klearly: LOLLLLLLL, I bet your right.

gary

VA called after reading this site, they will send me some powdered water to mix with water, a package of “Instant Ice Cream” in a few days, I all had to do was ask!! Oh yeah they told me to mix it in a walk-in freezer!

Brian Moyer

I’ll take my Dow Chemical Orange, Blue, White and Silvex sprinkles on a “Soft Serve” with a freshly cut coconut from Guam where I got exposed for two years to the “Rainbow Herbicides” while I was in the Corps. Seriously though we are making some progress about the use of AO on Guam…. HR 809 (the Foster Act) plus we have the GAO conducting a investigation into the DOD. The Guam Legislature passed a resolution that supports us Guam veterans that were exposed.

touchavet@gmail.com

I have to stop reading these post’s. They are becoming disturbing at this point. So may people know about the wrongs of the VA yet nothing is being done. I have written so many letters senators as well as congressmen and all I get in return are form letters.

Brian Moyer

I to have gone to my senators offices here in Florida and not even the common courtesy to tell me and other vets who went with me to tell us “to go to hell.” I’ll take the position that “their silence is consent.” My Congressman Rep. DeSantis has been a stand up Representative as with a few other Reps in the House and requested a GAO investigation into the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides on Guam. We have to keep fighting pure and simple or the government wins.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Good for you for getting that GAO ball rolling Brian. Having been involved in one before, I suggest you keep tabs on it. Once it is complete, be ready to refute anything wrong line by line.

It’s not to say the GAO will lie about it, but whoever they are investigating will have no qualms about feeding the GAO investigators a line of BS.

If at all possible, it helps to contact the GAO to offer whatever documentation you might have if it is hard proof of what happened on Guam.

Brian Moyer
Thank you 91! I gave everything to my Representative. Just type in Agent Orange on Guam and your computer will go crazy. We have even been interviewed by the press down here in Florida. If they (the DOD) should lie the GAO can nail their asses to the wall. The DOD has acknowledged receipt of the letter of investigation. There is a Major General USAF and a Rear Admiral that are probably wondering what went wrong and why us Guam vets aren’t accepting their BS! I’ve been told that some of us may be subpoenaed to testify before Congress. I… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

touchavet…all i get is we need more info. all they have to do is read what i sent them, same old B.S.

james gallegos

You are right, everything is a run around. You look at their site. Do you need help with a government agency we can help. HOW ? they will not call you, they will not answer the e-mail, except to say thank you for your concerns. Follow us on Facebook and while your at it please Donate $5, $10

You watch them on the news and some flat out tell the citizens they don’t answer to them. and could care less what they think.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran
Great Joke Ben!!!! In my day, same joke. Army picked room 1 – Navy chose 2. You can guess where we Marines went. So, life has not changed much since the seventies. Regarding the VA (Both sides: VBA and VHA) being “tone deaf”. They neither give a hoot about what the American Public at Large thinks (Most of them are clueless by their own choice) or Veterans they are supposed to be serving. This is NOT an irredeemable situation. It CAN be fixed. Here is how: FIX THE DAMN BROKEN VA: 1. Expedite implementing the HOLMAN RULE. 2. Recognize the… Read more »
Jo3n

@Hannah R., it’s called Veterans Day, they don’t observe it. The VSO’S, and others, Churches do a bunch. Let them eat crap. The same crap they serve Veterans.

james gallegos

they still do not get it. who bought the ice cream and how much. Are the veterans going to be told to come or are they going to be greedy and make them watch.

Clean up the VA before any parties, then we can all celebrate !

james gallegos

Tone defat, I like that seem to be blind also. no offence to the blind. The blind can feel, the VA not so much.

Rob D

Gloss over everything with an Ice cream day. Kind of like when I get those VA E-mails that look like everything at the VA is working super-great, especially like the one with the PTSD Vet in an article, that basically said the VA said they may be close to curing PTSD. I immediately went to the comments and what a shitstorm of negative comments there were. Ice cream day…….pffffft

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

you keep giving them negative comments and after awhile they quit sending the articles to you… no bad publicity please LOL

Dennis
Dennis
Judging from the photos I have seen of VA management, My God, I hope they serve up diabetic ice cream! I noticed of course that it was not a light salad brunch affair. Should it be? This is typical of the disconnect VA has with the rest of America, right? America sees a VA chock full or morbid obesity and the right thing to do would be to put them on a treadmill for a few hours a day. The VA on the other hand sees a leaner and meaner future, so of course they decide to feed the herd… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Off Topic – Now let us all take a deep breath, cut and past the link, and have a good laugh. The last clip is excellent.

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXB41eg1TX8”

James Proctor
James Proctor

So, where is this event? If it is in DC I’ll be glad to crash it.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“Should they get more than ice cream?”

The words “pink slips” does come to mind.

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With “little cox” we are talking “pink slips and a red dress” the new hungry hungry hippo dance, features exchange students from the monastery. Those poor alter boys!!!!! RUNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!! Pizza Pizza.

Fred P.
Fred P.
All VA employees should get a free fortune cookie with their free Ice Cream. The fortune cookie would have two fortune’s, 1) you are a Great Veteran Advocate and can stay, or 2) you are a worthless self centered former employee who needs a new job. Veterans Should be the deciding factor on all VA Employee evaluations and personnel actions. If the VA employee was treated the very same way as they treat veterans then we would have a different VA. Want a promotion submit application to Veteran Evaluation Board, Want a Yearly Bonus wait for your yearly evaluation from… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
I don’t know which is funnier…the top Agent Orange denier serving ice cream knowing how big the backlog is, which is essentially telling veterans that our coffee break is over, and to get back on our heads. If that nitwit wanted to truly show what public service recognition is, perhaps he could get his department to improve the claims numbers, approved and backlog for those who know what the ultimate public service and sacrifice is. I’m sure many veterans struggling to make ends meet while waiting for their claim to be approved, trying to feed their family normal food with… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Actions like having a Big Ice Cream day is only going to puff the VA employee’s heads up even more than what they currently are. Question; “How many scoops are each employee allowed to have during the Ice Cream Day?”

figure8fan
figure8fan

I will gladly pay for them to “drink the Grape Kool-Aid” if they happen to be lactose intolerant or just want something to drink with their ice cream.
f8f

namnibor
namnibor

“Jim Jones Kool-Aid” for ‘Nice Dream Day’?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – – – I did my dissertation on the peripheral olfactory [organ that detects vaporous aromatic chemical compounds involved in the sense of smell]. During the presentation of the research findings, for variances in the intensities of different low and heavy notes, the doctorial reviewers had access to over 150 essential oils of natural flavorings to sample by sniffing. With that being said, “What type of flavor would you like for the Kool-Aid?”

namnibor
namnibor

Belladonna + Nightshade Flavor with a hint of mint. 🙂

Jo3n

I just can’t stop wondering what the ice cream day is covering up. I also believe most of them have their own ice cream………stored…., most likely in the basement, or the morgue.

Jo3n

Public Appreciation Week; Where’s the public? Oh, taxpayers. Does the VA really believe the taxpayers appreciate it? Wait a minute…. Somehow, we have to come up with a plan to straighten out the VA. Bottom line, is we need it, and they know it. Damn Meshkin….

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Ice-cream………..get your ice-cream…………..step on up. One scoop or two? Kool-Aid or poo? Ice cream cannons? Who’s manning the damn cannons? Dammit! that fat fuck with the little cox, got ice-cream on a stick. Wait a minute…………that’s not a stick, that’s Willy the one eyed wonder worm. Orderly? where has that damn stick been? Ice-cream……..get your ice-cream.

Ex va
Ex va
The va needs major reform in so many areas. From logistics, clinics, scheduling, billing, vba, vha, and many more areas where the va medical centers, clinics, veterans benefits administration has failed the Veterans and continue to fail the Veterans. It is hard to comprehend any employee appreciation event when the system has failed so many Veterans by delaying benefits, denying benefits, negligence and loss of life. That is failure whether they admit to it or not it is still failure. I know they somehow say they work on it and fix it but then it starts somewhere else in the… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
President Trump, why are you so slow in acting in addressing the reformation and reorganization of the VA? You made promises multiple times pertaining to helping Veterans and dealing with the VA, but there has been no movement in this direction. So why should we continues to support you? And you may respond that it takes time to make changes in the VA. Then I respond in reminding you, that the lives of many Veterans are in jeopardy, and research indicates that between 20-22 Veterans commit suicide each and every day. Do you want the blood of Veterans to stain… Read more »
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@ANutterVet: Agree, I notice you referred to him as “President Trump” Unlike the New York Times story today. It starts with “President Barack Obama, warned Donald J. Trump”

The Snowflake Sentinel, warned the NY Slime, “former President” Barack “Hussein” Obumbler, is no longer the Cocksucker in Chief.

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