According to a Veterans Affairs press release, Michael Moreland is set to retire on Nov. 1 after spending over 30 years at the VA and six years as the regional director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Moreland has been under scrutiny over the past eight months during two Congressional Hearings involving the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Pittsburgh in 2011 and 2012 that led to six deaths and multiple other illnesses.
In an interview on Oct. 1, Moreland said “I’ve got 34 years of federal service…I’m 57 years old. I have lots of energy to do something else, and it would not be unusual with someone with that history to find something different to do.”
Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released a statement a few days ago calling Michael Moreland “the poster child for the widespread and systemic lack of accountability throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs” and saying that “[h]is arrogance and insensitivity throughout the entire Legionnaires’ disease tragedy was incredibly hurtful to the families of those who died and absolutely shocking to all veterans and taxpayers familiar with this ordeal.”
Rep. Miller also said that Moreland refused to take responsibility for the deaths of the veterans who became ill with Legionnaires’ disease and because of this, the VA’s reputation has been tarnished.
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