The VA failed to spend millions of dollars set aside for what was supposed to be a top priority. Why did that happen? Was it an ideological or political decision to intentionally not spend the money? Did they rely on a contractor who never came through for them? Did some incompetent VA official simply forget?
In statements to the GAO, Veterans Health Administration officials blamed leadership turnover at the agency for the missteps. The department’s top suicide prevention post was vacant from July 2017 to April 2018.
“Within weeks of his arrival at VA, then-acting Secretary Wilkie appointed Dr. Keita Franklin as VA’s new suicide prevention director, and she is reviewing the spending for this important program as part of her duties,” department spokesman Curt Cashour said in a statement….
Since it was behind a paywall I didn’t post it. I looked for another source to just confirm the PSAs had stopped being aired and that the funds weren’t being spent as a 2nd source to confirm those main points being made in the video.