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Continued: VA official on retaliation claims: 'I apologize to everyone whose voice has been stifled'

  • Article by: MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 9, 2014 - 2:20 AM

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel, praised Mitchell and other whistleblowers for coming forward, despite threats of retaliation that included involuntary transfers and suspensions.

"Unlike their supervisors, these whistleblowers have put the interests of veterans before their own," Miller said. "They understand that metrics and measurements mean nothing without personal responsibility."

Rather than push whistleblowers out, "it is time that VA embraces their integrity and recommits itself to accomplishing the promise of providing high-quality health care to veterans," Miller said.

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