Beckley VA director gets hefty bonus, despite complaints

The director of the Beckley Veterans Medical Center – and his boss – received hefty performance bonuses in 2006 – all this while Sen. Jay Rockefeller has called for a change in the Beckley facility’s top administrator.

According to the 2006 Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Justification Listing, Gerald P. Husson, the director of the Beckley VA, received a bonus of $14,000. His boss, Daniel F. Hoffman, a Veteran Integrated Service Network Director, received a $24,000 bonus. Husson has not replied to repeated requests for an interview.

Sen. Rockefeller says of the 4 VA centers in West VirginiaBeckley is the one for which he receives the most complaints – from veterans and employees.

Rockefeller says low moral has led to chronic staff shortages, delaying care for veterans. He also accuses Husson of knowingly supplying false information to Veterans Secretary Jim Nicholson regarding those staff shortages.

In Washington this week, Secretary Nicholson is under fire for performance bonuses of a similar range given last year to top Veterans officials – nearly two dozen of those bonuses going to officials who sat on the boards charged with recommending the payments.

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