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Javier Soto, a former VA claims employee, last week filed a whistle-blower complaint against the VA with the Merit System Protections Board to win back the job he lost June 30 when Kerrie Witty, right, director of the VA's regional benefits office near Seminole, dismissed him. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

Veterans Affairs union rep seeks whistle-blower status after dismissal

Kerrie Witty says the Department of Veterans Affairs does not tolerate retaliation or intimidation against employees who speak out about problems at the agency. Witty, director of the VA's regional benefits office near Seminole, said Friday that her office "encourages employees to bring to the attention of their ma …


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