Union urges 'prompt' protection for Wilmington VA whistleblower

The union says other union members have also faced adverse personnel actions “as part of what appears to be a coordinated pattern of retaliation for bringing to light mismanagement at the VA.”

The Wilmington medical center has declined to discuss Washington’s situation, citing employee privacy rights. But it says Washington remains the center’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Coordinator - a job “vital” to the treatment of veterans with mental health issues, specifically, “trauma-related mental health diagnosis.”

In a letter to Shinseki, union national secretary-treasurer David Cox said Washington “has been under attack for speaking the truth about the unmet needs of veterans facing severe mental health problems. It is time for the agency's highest level appointee over our veterans' health care system to take prompt action to fix this situation and make Dr. Washington whole in terms of her job duties, job title and performance ratings.”

Cox has requested a meeting with Shinseki to discuss Washington’s situation.

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