Transcript for Veterans Administration Under Scrutiny for Extravagant Spending
You report raising questions about spending at the veterans administration. We check some government sites and confirm the agency spent millions of dollars on expensive artwork and sculptures. At the height of the scandal involving how America's veterans are being served. ABC's Mary Bruce with the head scratching examples in the VA's response about how your money is being spent. More than one million dollars for this one point three million. Dollars for a rock. Nearly 300000. Dollars for this giant Morse code installation on the side of a parking garage. And more than 21000. Dollars on a fate Christmas tree. NBA spending millions of your money on artwork in decorations at the same time veterans we're experiencing lengthy delays for treatment the department admitting it was overwhelmed. And understaffed. Veteran advocates are frustrated I think it's outrageous quotes frankly not that surprising about the present. Not at this point and lawmakers are questioning the VA's priorities senator Mark Kirk is urging the VA secretary to block further spending on arts. Tonight the VA is responding. Telling ABC they are developing a national art policy. Saying while they must be stewards of taxpayer dollars health care goes beyond just offering the most advanced medical treatment. Now Didier says our work is an important part of that care because it creates a healing environment but tonight some are asking why not use our work from veterans. Tom Mary thank you.
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