Hines VA Hospital – Proudly Feeding Cockroaches To Vets Since 2011

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Hines VA Hospital Cockroaches

A new VA OIG report released today confirms allegations that Hines VA Hospital knowingly fed cockroaches to veterans in since 2011.

The conditions of the kitchen facility there more closely resembled Joe’s Apartment (a dude movie about cockroaches in New York) than a sanitary kitchen befit serving our nation’s heroes.

Hungry, anyone?

Cockroach Allegations At Hines VA Hospital

This report was released on the heels of other allegations at Hines VA that the facility feeds veterans raw chicken and expired food. When my buddies write to me complaining about food on deployment, all I say is, “At least you’re not eating the food at Hines VA!”

Seriously.

Allegations from lawmakers made on behalf of veterans included:

  • Cockroaches were persistently present in and around the food service area
  • Patients were given food trays with cockroaches on them
  • Leadership knew about the cockroaches but failed to stop the practice

IG confirmed the substance of the allegations including veterans being given food trays with cockroaches on them when delivered from the main kitchen.

Now, I know some of you VA friendly readers out there are probably thinking, “Well, they did not actually feed the cockroaches to veterans; VA merely fed the veterans in the hospital trays with cockroaches in or around the food, knowingly, without addressing the problem for 5 years.”

We will have to agree to disagree on that one. Potato – potato.

According to IG, the lack of adequate inspections and failures to follow up were fingered as contributors to the problems.

Curiously, IG also highlights, “The facility did not have a permanent Director which may have contributed to the failure to readily resolve a persistent pest issue.”

Does it seem odd that playing musical chairs between bad VA executives is also now used as a scapegoat for serving cockroaches to hospitalized vets?

So, management inconsistencies also contributed to the cockroach infestation. Specifically, 10 different officials have held the directorship role at Hines VA Hospital from March 2011 to September 2016.

That is about it, in a nutshell.

A Slight Inconsistency

However, the finger pointing is not entirely accurate.

Joan Ricard (pictured above) was the permanent director from 2012 to 2014 when she resigned after allegations of wait list corruption surfaced.

RELATED: Hines VA Hospital Director Joan Ricard To Retire

Former Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) stated, “[Ricard] was by far the most corrupt and incompetent person I’ve seen in federal service.”

Ricard is apparently also bad at cleaning and ordering cans of cheap RAID.

Just prior to her retirement, Ricard said, “The 37 years I’ve spent in the VA, and particularly my past two years at Hines VA Hospital, have been incredibly rewarding.”

Ricard then, according to reports, clamped down on some piping hot cockroach stew after hollering “Bon appetite!” at the top of her lungs when she finished swilling a shocking number of chugs of cheap wine straight from the box.

The reports have not been confirmed but sound amusing.

RELATED: Hines VA Lets Veterans’ Corpses Liquefy For Months

Hines VA Hospital Response

In response, Hines VA decided to build a new kitchen at a cost of $1.2 million:

This will address the flooring and ceiling in all food preparation areas, dry storage, and dish room sections. COA 1 additionally includes ongoing pest control and surveillance of the basement and sub-basement. The renovation plan has a period of performance of approximately 270 days, and an award time of an estimated 90 days. This renovation would allow Hines VAH to resume normal food operations more quickly ensuring our mission of meeting Veteran nutrition needs.

Notice the plan did not include any consideration of merely buying cans of RAID. Instead, in exchange for letting vets each cockroaches for years, the facility scores a new kitchen that will probably cost five times more than present estimates.

It’s the VA way.

The plan will likely lead to homelessness of numerous cockroaches presently enjoying the warmth and lodging within Hines.

No plan has been put forth to safely move the cockroaches to similar facilities, though one can assume they will be back sooner than later.

Dinner’s ready. I have to run.

Source: https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-16-03302-252.pdf

Disclaimer – The bit about Ricard eating cockroach stew while drinking from a box of wine was satire. Senator Kirk calling her the most corrupt public servant he ever knew was not.

cj
cj

Following.

Angela
Angela
Everyone, this detrimental and inhumane situation at the Hines VA in regards to the cockroaches is / was being reported on FOX Business today. Also, our Intel agencies who are leaking are of great concern. The U.K. prime minister is not happy with our media and our Intel agencies. Information was leaked about the Manchester terror attack. By our intelligence agencies doing this could contribute to another attack on the United Kingdom. Like I have mentioned, the deep state Obama… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Crawling, looking for a bin to hide in. Oops, there’s one of those humanoids holding a can of Whhhhaaaaaaaaatt? Raid!!! The whole dam VA system needs to be extirpated.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Naaaa, brother. They’re holding a can of “Bengal Gold Roach Spray!”

Just Another Combat Wounded Veteran
Just Another Combat Wounded Veteran

Don’t detract from his statement; he’s right! The entire VA should be disbanded, with the budget going to Social Security and Medicare. Let us get our care from REAL doctors and clinics.

Lem
Lem

What makes you think you’ll get a “real doctor” at your local clinic? This is not 1962.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
When will we recognize that there are more combat trained capable organizers, mission accomplishers and just people COMPETENT TO TAKE OVER THIS COUNTYR THAT IN THE VETERAN POPULATION? When are we going to recognize/realize that we are the power and the Johnny Boy McCains are the little creeps who must do our bidding? Do you realize how many Marine Generals, (VETS) are in the Trump Presidency/Administration? What are we waiting for, Ladies and Gentlemen? We do not have to take… Read more »
Talon3338
Talon3338

I KNOW A BRIGADE OF SOLDIERS WHO WOULD ENJOY PAYBACK…

U.S ARMY INBOUND…..

RUCK UP!!

Matt
Matt

The Food Service department workers there make $25hr plus. That entire food service department including management should be terminated! They can find better trained staff with credentials to do a better job!

91Veteran
91Veteran

RAID? The cockroach has nothing to worry about. I’m sure there are several whales working there that use it as deodorant instead.

namnibor
namnibor

Purple Team uses RAID Foggers. Most efficient.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I bet those nasty foggers use anything they can get to hide the stench.

Angela
Angela
Benjamin, I say Lord help these government types. Because they really need all the help they can get to acquire some sense. They just do not give a shit about shit and love to blame everyone else but themselves. They draw these fabulous salaries but yet they shit on the veterans. Benjamin, getting back to the VA being supposed to pay for medical bills that pertains to service connected conditions in regards to emergency care. Well, I told you a… Read more »
Angela
Angela
Benjamin, it is more shit and more shit. When is it going to end? Yes, the Congressman and VA types receive these polluted taxpayer funded salaries but yet they shit all over the people who are on any kind of assistance. When it is due to their own shit policies why people can’t move forward with anything about anything. Though, Benjamin, the government types do not have real jobs and their salary is funded just like my compensation. So I… Read more »
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
We do not need the VA and its endless bureaucracy just let the veterans choose their own five star doctors and pay the bill. bILLIONS SAVED FROM NOT PAYING ENDLESS NUMBERS OF MEAN SPIRITED INCOMPETENT BEAN COUNTERS DETERMINE OUR FUTURE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Private attorneys can adjudicate the applications for compensation and other matters, (they will have no motive to lie that our records were lost in the flood which Moses led us through and other ungodly outrageous tales… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

Trumps budget announced today gives the VA a 6% budget increase.

Imagine how many extra cockroaches you can get with each chicken wing with that kinda ching!

Angela
Angela

Benjamin, honestly, I believe with the state of this country and with the VA, both are about to make me sick physically. I despise our government and the VA. The only person with any sense is Trump.Though, hell will have to be froze over before any civility occurs and before the VA gets squared away.

Angela
Angela

Where is the investigation on Hillary Clinton with all her illegalities? The Republicans are making this investigation all about Trump. Everyone look at all the crap that has happened during the Obama administration. Hillary Clinton emails and server —Bengazhi and the list goes to infinity. Benjamin, my previous post that I could not get posted due to size, I will break it up in different posts instead of just one post so everyone can read it.

steven
steven
I had to file bankruptcy do to them not paying for my ambulance and being in death situation and brought back to life or maybe kept living with all available life support in the ER,,, NOT one bill would be paid for,,, I no as of today I face the same situation can happen again ,, and of course I will lose all my home everthing do to the fact The va will not pay for a private ER,,, I… Read more »
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Again Kemosabee, WHO WAS THE MISERABLE POS WHO DENIED YOUR REQUEST FOR RE-IMURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY ROOM TREATMENT AND ON WHAT BASIS, JUST GIVE ME A NAME

steven
steven
I can’t ,, My wife and I have left our home we were trying to build for over 10 years,,, and just gave and left and moved here 7 years ago,,,, The VA has destroyed my life period,,, no ifs DESTROYED,,, I just get up ,,and so does my wife,,, and limp along,,,, Why I have PTSD,,, because I finally rembered after over 46 years after,,, I stepped in and stopped a critical life threating issues that were going on… Read more »
Angela
Angela

Well everyone, NSA abused power under Obama Administration. Currently determining how severely
the Fourth Amendment has been violated. The current special counsel is a political animal with being Comey’s friend. Comey should be indicted for obstruction of justice and Obama should be held accountable under the law. Confirmed Susan Rice was not truthful about the unmasking. It is being stated Trump was a correct all along. New news. Out today. Obama was contacted for a statement but declined.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

And all of this ‘coming into the light’ (pun intended) just before “Memorial Day Weekend!”
What a wonderful time the cockroaches must be having at Hines VHA! All that free food!
How many other VHA’s are suffering from an infestation of unwanted pests?

Angela
Angela

Yep, crazy elf, it is disgraceful.

Genius H Kennard
If we all wake up and band together we will win full rights as vets to work in all areas of the VA without any noise or violence taking place, Guess what? We worked in all areas with our MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) right? I’m not Syrus from the movie “Warriors” but CAN YOU DIG IIIIIIIT! Just name a time and a place that we can all agree on. I cannot do it all b y myself, we need more… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va
Great va bad art today! This is just disgusting. A very sick Veteran may/may not know what he/she was about to eat coming out of surgery or being in a confused state. I pray that a family member would notice what they were about to eat and refuse the meal. I hope that this hits the main stream media. Something needs to be done about this and it should have been done since 2011. Unbelievable. I can imagine the ?… Read more »
Angela
Angela

Yes, all the medias. Leftists media, Mainstream media, Conversative media, Conservative Talk shows on radio stations. It needs to be spread everywhere. I just can’t take it. I am so fed up.

Genius H Kennard

I have had three buddies that i met in Miami Beach and all three of them had gotten their benefits from the VA, two i know are deceased and one is on the way if he keeps going to VA for anything medical like they did, one was Jewish US Coast guard, one was Sicilian Army like me and one is or was Red neck Navy, I’m AfricAm and we all got along like real brothers.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Why wasn’t the cockroach director arrester ; there are several criminal charges for which she could have been convicted and then she could have been refused her retirement pension and THEN THE FEAR OF GOD WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT UPON THE OTHER COCKROACH DIRECTORS WHO WOULD HAVE TRUMPETED TO THEIR EMPLOYEES,, “HEY FOLKS , SHIT RUNS DOWNHILL, SHAPE UP OR GET OUT!!” If I were that PIG DIRECTO0R I WOULD BE AFRAID TO COME TO WORK. And if that union… Read more »
SSG.Gordon Wayne Bishop

Remember all those VHA personnel point there finger at others to get blame off them, When they point ONE finger at someone else FOUR fingers point back to them. Seems almost VHA, and VAOPCs having a lot of issues that need to be INVESTIGATED.

Angela
Angela

Yep, I agree.

Genius H Kennard

In other words my earlier post and thoughts are that the VA will kill Veterans faster than a war ever will!

jay
jay

I can tell you it isn’t because of some permanent director. Even with permanent directors, the VA are no better because they don’t care about you. I have brought up issue after issue to ours here in Fargo – and nothing is done.

91Veteran
91Veteran
Lack of adequate inspections and failure to follow up? Hmmm. So it takes an adequate inspection for a Food Service Director making over $111,000 per year to know she shouldn’t be feeding fucking cockroaches to veterans on a continuing basis? Gee, I didn’t know that’s all it took. Hire a supposed trained dietitian, then have to hire an inspector to follow her around. Are these not supposed to be trained professionals in their field? If I recall from the raw… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

The RAID is in the salt & pepper shakers in the event you feel the need to kill your lunch.

91Veteran
91Veteran

RAID? I thought that was crystallized Agent Orange for salt and ground Depleted Uranium for pepper.

Angela
Angela
I just can’t take it. I would love to give these damn Republicans and Democrats a taste of their own shit induced by their failed policies which includes not holding the VA accountable. How would a Republican or Democrat love to eat cockroaches for their dinner? Or even have them restrained by the VA police for a stay in the VA system. If we put these Congressional officials in our VAs to receive their healthcare, then, this damn VA single… Read more »
Jane
Jane
Ben, Awesome VA Art Work had a good laugh! Txs! Cockroaches n lack thereof RAID actually saved the Hines VA $$$$ I have heard they are protein! More Bonus $$ to! URGH URGH! 6years Cockroaches have multiplied even more! Agree the “new kitchen” will cost way way more than current estimated along with still waiting for it to be built let alone when built before how long to take to get the first cup of coffee out of there?????? how… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
Maybe the Piggy VSO’s could turn those cockroaches into fundraising roaches and have Veterans paint the cockroaches red, white, and blue while eating their lunch so the Piggy VSO’s can let them crawl on their fabulous hats while diehard members throw $$$ at their flea (roach) circus for Memorial Day??!! WTF, VA?? WTF, VSO’s? (blinders on while heads are in the piggy trough?) WTF, HINES?!!!!!!!!!!! The real problem is…the cockroaches working at the VA. I dare say that the cockroaches… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

I propose any veteran who has been hospitalized in a VA actually catch at least one cockroach, have it bronzed, then send it to their friendly VSO so they can pin it on their hats as a badge of service to those veterans.

Every 5th cockroach comes with a silver spoon signifying the 5th award.

namnibor
namnibor

Keep it up and collect them all and then you will have VSO Monopoly game pieces…board game requires additional lifetime memberships for all spawn. 🙂

91Veteran
91Veteran

What kind of prizes are there If you catch that little bastard with the monocle? Or the one wearing the Top Hat?

If I see one cruising across my peas in a convertible it’s game over.

namnibor
namnibor

That little bastard with the monocle is none other than AFGE Pres. ‘little’ Cox. He gets to threaten to whoop your ass while he collects $200. each time you pass. There’s a Get Out of Jail Card for each and every AFGE roach.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Little Coxroach would be easy to spot. He would be the fattest of the bunch and drinking from the bedpan.

cj
cj

I have installed commercial kitchens for 40 years, I know exactly where to look for rodents. I guarantee there is a rat infestation as well. I only wish I could sneak in and film them. Hines is in my area. I may do just that.

91Veteran
91Veteran

That would be video to share far and wide.

cj
cj

@91Veteran, what’s the worse they could do to me? I am just a poor lost veteran who got all spun around in the big scary VA.

namnibor
namnibor

@cj- Send in a cockroach drone, so it will blend-in with natural habitat while live feeds of the rodents feeding. Just have to hope that the drone does not get put in the soup and eaten because that would not be a great video to watch all the way to the end.

Genius H Kennard
I bet any one a trillion dollars that John McCain knows what’s happening but won’t do a damned thing because his political mind is shot like the rest of the politicians, shouldn’t his little a?? have done nothing else in congress except for help Veterans? I mean i thought he said he was a vet but proof seems different, real veterans help other veterans at least that’s what it’s supposed to be like! Who among us veterans would agree with… Read more »
Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@ Genius H Kennard – – – I would whole-heartedly agree with you. Johnny-Boy has come quite far for a young man whose first great act of service to the nation was to be the matchstick that ignited the USS Forrestal fire.

namnibor
namnibor

Hey! There’s cockroaches in my eye of newt soup! WTF, VA?

91Veteran
91Veteran
Could you imagine with today’s technology being hospitalized there? Get your food tray and take a video of the cockroaches crawling off your plate? Train them to follow your spoon like a cat following a laser pointer? Killing a few and pinning them to your bedside like fighter planes with planes they shot down painted on their nose? They would be like service stripes showing how long you had been in the hospital. Maybe you could keep one as a… Read more »
Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Following.

Angela
Angela

@cj, your idea about filming the Hines VA is outstanding. More evidence to support the calls for positive change. 🙂

Jo3n

They can never get AFGE roaches out. Veterans will be gone first. Then, the prophecy of Cj will come true.

namnibor
namnibor

Benjamin should make a fundraiser item that’s a glossy refrigerator magnet of a cockroach with inscription, “The VA C.A.R.E.S.”

91Veteran
91Veteran

VA C.A.R.E.S.?

VA Cockroaches Are Really Easy Supper?

In a mood.

namnibor
namnibor

🙂 🙂 🙂

namnibor
namnibor

That is brilliant.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Second attempt to follow. So pyssed off after reading this that I forgot to check the blocks. My comments later when calm down. Fuckin’ Asswipes at Hines!

namnibor
namnibor

We’re just passing the roaches around…

91Veteran
91Veteran

Kinda hard to light on soup day.

Or was that supposed to be pudding?

namnibor
namnibor

Oh, you KNOW you “can’t have your pudding if you don’t eat your meat”?

91Veteran
91Veteran

Don’t eat my meat? Is that what that is?

Little Coxroach can have it.

namnibor
namnibor

May just be able to light the soup of the day, Cuyahoga Curry.

91Veteran
91Veteran

That’s why I turned to shitty humor.

Mock the hell out of these clowns to keep from screaming.

Genius H Kennard

They are just tryin’ to imitate Bubba Gump in the movie with beef roach stew, roach salad, basted cockroach, sautee’d roach, chicken salad roach, shrimp roach, I’M SORRY THAT’S ALL I GOT…

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

I think the same goes for the OIG, they had musical IGs for awhile, big fatback Halliday aka Boss Hogg’s wife, then there was Jack Mehoff , then Dick Griffin the biggest jackass off them all! I dont know what Missal Head has in stire, but seems like the IG is still a joke publishing tabloid stories about VA that have no effect or accountability.

namnibor
namnibor

I think the cockroaches knew well to stay out of Jack Mehoff’s all glass conference room…

91Veteran
91Veteran

I first read that as Jack Mehoff and Dick Grippin.

91Veteran
91Veteran

…and Missal Head publishing a report when the media is focused on a terror attack.

How convenient.

Jo3n

I’m waiting, anxiously I might add, for Dennis. Not saying that he and cockroaches have anything in common. Just that this article appears to be right up his alley. This story represents the respect employees have for Veterans. It’s disgraceful and unacceptable. Going on for 5 years…. oh, can we hold anyone responsible? Suicide/homicide…. they just keep kicking the Veterans at most vulnerable times and places. The art of war.

namnibor
namnibor

Will have to wait for Dennis to finish that roach.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Finish that roach?

If that roach is Little Coxroach isn’t that what the kids call a blunt?

namnibor
namnibor

🙂 I’ve *heard* the kids indeed, call them blunt cox’s, but not to be mistaken for a spotted dick.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

The I.G. needs to have no accountability to the VA only to the law enforcement agency, such as the Dept of Justice. The I.G. needs to be a separate agency, like the FBI, not tied to the corrupt bean counters in the agency, a separate agency accountable only to the veterans. How did the I.G. get so corrupt,eh?

!

91Veteran
91Veteran
How did the IG get so corrupt? Under the law establishing them, they are supposed to be independent from the agency, but that only works with honest people. To your question, IGs became so corrupt when Obama fired 4 of them within the first few months of his first term, because they were investigating friends of his. Congress meekly did nothing, so the rest of the IGs got the message…do nothing to piss off Obama. Once IGs were neutered, it… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

91Veteran thats like the patient advocate should read hospital directors advocate

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@91Veteran – – – I remember reading those articles. Spot on as usual, 91.

A Hui Hou!

Angela
Angela
Yes, everyone, like I have mentioned, I have to take myself away from all this VA corruption and breathe deeply to absorb some fresh air for myself. The VA situation is so inhumane. And, President Trump goes to the middle east to try to negotiate peace and with telling these countries that they have got to wipe out terrorism for themselves. America cannot rescue them. This is so true because President Trump needs to be back here in America busting… Read more »
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
I just want to step up to that fat shit, Cox, (Cocks?) and step in to substitute for whomever he threatened to ‘whoop’ his ass. He’s another big blow hard and he should be “passed around the circle of Vets who have been screwed. time to stop playing pansy with these COCK ROACHES and let ’em know how the cow ate the cabbage. HARD TIMES DEMAND HARD MEN, and we are hard men and now stop allowing these stupid pigs… Read more »
cj
cj

@Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve: Sir, it would be my honor to take care of that fat ass murderer of veterans.

“lil” Cox deserves that special kind of slow death I can dish out, roaches included at no extra cost…..

cj
cj

Amazing how slowly you can drag a properly sharpened knife through flesh.

namnibor
namnibor

@cj- Time for your meds and pudding…with cockroaches for texture and color.

cj
cj

True.

cj
cj

The above comments are for entertainment purposes only. I would never telegraph a true premeditated attack. After all, I am a much better man than lil Cox ==•

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@cj, @CorpsmanUp!, @Disgruntled Veteran, @91Veteran, @Namnibor, @Jo3n, @ Jane, @Angela, @Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve, @ SSG.Gordon Wayne Bishop, @Jay Hey, listen up. You’re not going to believe this. Hurry read on before VA Sensor Committee finds this post. Oh my, dam this is good information. Coxes mistress called, and seen the post. I just got off the phone with her a few minutes ago. She said the she tried to call @cj, but his phone was busy. This is what she… Read more »
cj
cj

@AnutterVet: Lmaoooooooooooooooooo, she always was a kidder, will remove two in her honor. lil cox¬

c
c

Later Gators, time for Mc D’s coffee with my morphine. Bbs.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
Had to take a break to calm down. Had major family talk. Wife was informed to NEVER, no matter what for, to be taken to ANY VA Medical Center for an emergency. After reading Ben’s article, then some heart felt posts, I had to take a break. I was so upset that I spilled the water from my glass. Dam. And these Federal umbrella protected employees can’t do a little research to solve the problem. I’ve done it from a… Read more »
cj
cj

Back folks, in case you needed a warning.

cj
cj

Commenting from my secret bunker somewhere in the Netherlands.

cj
cj

@Angela: Angela, are you still here?

Angela
Angela
Yes, I returned at 5:30am eastern time. I had typed a message of documented factual information from my personal experiences and the truth regarding the Democrats with more to come out about them to Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, the DNC – Democrats who have a civil lawsuit filed against them. My message was so long that it would not post. I had typed it on the computer. So I emailed Benjamin to see how I could attach it as an… Read more »
Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Angela – – – I would like to read of your personal experience. Hopefully, Big Ben will allow you to attach, without having to break that document up. If not, you could inquire of him how many characters before you are over-limit. Then just break the doc into parts, and post as “Part One of Five” etc. – – – Just like all those naval messages we used to handle.

Good to see you.

A Hui Hou!

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