Whistleblower Reprisals Trigger VA Office Overhaul by Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes | Jul 09, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Jose Mathews became chief of psychiatry for the VA in St. Louis and quickly realized the department's reported wait times for veterans seeking treatment did not match reality.
Deeply troubled by what he saw, Mathews raised $60,000 from private donors to conduct his own survey to help determine whether patients were getting timely psychiatric care at the city's Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The VA launched an investigation of the doctor and immediately moved him from the management position to a new job evaluating compensation for mental disorders,