Paralyzed Veterans of America calls for VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to be fired and culture change within VAPost Date: December 11, 2020
WASHINGTON (December, 11 2020) — Paralyzed Veterans of America, Executive Director, Carl Blake released the following statement in response to the VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report “Senior VA Officials’ Response to a Veteran’s Sexual Assault Allegations” released yesterday.
“The unconscionable details laid out in this report are just another sign of the pervasive culture that allows for sexual assault and harassment as well as retaliation against those who raise these issues to continue within VA. They must be addressed in order to effect systemic change. We call on the President of the United States to fire Secretary Robert Wilkie, if he doesn’t resign. Additionally, the senior leaders who enabled this to happen and allowed this culture to fester should be held accountable. Condoning unacceptable behavior through inaction has for too long defined the culture of VA. Immediate systemic change is needed to ensure all veterans have access to VA care without fear of assault or harassment. Our members and all veterans who utilize the VA have earned a safe place to receive care, one free of sexual assault and harassment. We will hold the future VA leadership accountable for this necessary change in culture.”