The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix has improvements such as better imaging equipment and a new parking structure. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who helped expose a breakdown in veterans’ care in Phoenix says he’s been assigned to the agency’s new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
“I don’t have a job title yet,” said Brandon Coleman, a Marine Corps veteran and former addiction therapist. “I told them during my interview I am willing to clean toilets or take out the garbage if that’s what they need. I just want to be there and help fix the current mess with whistleblowers at the VA.”
Coleman went public in 2015 with allegations about flawed suicide-prevention efforts and other alleged mismanagement at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. He later testified in congressional hearings about a harassment campaign against him, and helped found a nationwide whistleblower group known as VA Truth Tellers.
Past Phoenix VA leaders accused Coleman of misconduct, subjected him to investigations and shut down his Motivation for Change program that helped veterans dealing with substance abuse. His whistleblower complaint was settled last year, and he accepted a VA job outside the Phoenix system.
In April, Coleman attended President Trump’s signing of an…
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