The ongoing broken system at Montana VA led to the retirement announcement of John Ginnity after only 16 months at the helm.
Publicly, Ginnity sited health concerns and family as the primary reasons for his decision to retire. Insiders say the VA director and veteran could no longer handle the unethical demands of the job from upper management.
Senior leadership at Montana VA have been under investigation for some time related to unethical behavior. Ginnity was brought in to fix it but found he could not stomach the taste of the deceptive practices as the location.
According to Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke, Ginnity is retiring because “He got frustrated with the system, and he felt that he could not lead the charge of change as he wanted to, and he’s a former vet.”
Zinkin continued, “… I think there is a lot of frustration. From a military commander’s point of view, you’ve got to give more flexibility to the front line, but what we’ve done is just the opposite.”
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According to the Fort Harrison website:
[Mr. Ginnity] is an Iraq war veteran with 23 years of military service. For the last 16 years he was assigned to several medical treatment facilities in various hospital administrator positions, culminating as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC.
Mr. Ginnity earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Public/Human Resource Management from State University of New York at Utica/Rome, New York in 1995 and earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Psychology at Clarkson University, New York in 1991. Mr. Ginnity is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is credentialed by the American Academy of Medical Administrators.
I know a lot of us keep saying that VA needs more veterans in places of leadership, but I find it interesting that this veteran was unable to hack the corrosive culture.
Ginnity was able to handle leading soldiers in Iraq for years but was unable to manage corrupt VA leaders within an organization loaded with unethical actors.
So who can veterans turn to for change?