I recently read an article here --> http://www.vawatchdog.org/ about employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) stealing from the V.A., and therefore also stealing from war veterans. That caused me to have what my therapist refers to as anger management problems, and what my plain spoken old Army buddy, Sergeant Benny Breakbill from the hills of Tennessee, would have called a severe case of the enlisted red ass.
I spent eight years in the U.S. Army, with 15 months of that in the field with an artillery firing battery in the Republic of Vietnam. I really loved the Army during those eight years of service, and one of the things I liked best was that it was an orderly well-structured life where everybody involved, from top to bottom, knew the rules, and the rules were plain and simple, and the consequences of breaking them were harsh and enforced with an even hand.
One of the simple rules was that if you stole from a fellow soldier (different than stealing from an office pogue) then the whole system would come down on you like poly tons of fresh steamy fecal matter, and if you stole from a fellow soldier who was currently (or previously had been) involved in risking his life in the line of duty, then you would be metaphorically taken out back and shot, or at the very least made to wish that had been done to you.
Now, I frequently read about these V.A. parasites who steal from war veterans. About how they do it over and over again, with seeming impunity, anywhere that the VA has a medical center or a VA compensation facility. Each day it seems like new parasites pop up in the V.A. system to steal from war veterans in some way or the other.
The V.A. seems to be embarrassed by the adverse publicity that such stealing creates, but can not seem to figure out how to stop the stealing; they just try to stop the adverse publicity by transferring the busted thieves to a different VA facility, sometimes with a promotion in pay grade or an increased annual "bonus" to get the offenders (who are civil service employees and therefore impossible to fire) to accept the transfers quietly and to move on out of sight.
I have a modest proposal. I believe the V.A. should borrow a page from the book of the military community that it is intended to serve and set some very clear and very harshly enforced rules for these V.A. parasites who steal from war veterans. I think the first rule that should be created is that if a V.A. employee is caught stealing from the V.A. system (and therefore from war veterans who have risked their lives for the nation) that they should, immediately upon being found guilty, possibly by a military tribunal, be taken out back and (at least metaphorically) shot, or maybe thrown out the door of a hovering helicopter from a couple of hundred feet in the air into the ocean, or handed a live hand grenade with the pin pulled, and it should be done with as few legal niceties as a soldier would receive if the soldier were caught doing the same thing.
Maybe it's just me, but that sounds about right.