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Phoenix VA Whistleblower Now At Federal Accountability Office

Brandon Coleman — it’s a name that might ring a bell here in the Valley.

He’s the VA employee who blew the whistle in 2015 that suicidal veterans were leaving the ER without being checked. His decision to talk led to retaliation.

Coleman was suspended and placed on administrative leave. The VA accused him of assaulting someone in the parking lot, which was later debunked by the VA’s own internal report.

After all this backstabbing and disappointment, you’d think Coleman would want nothing to do with the Veterans Affairs ever again, right? Well, that’s not the case with this self-described tough Marine.

With the swipe of a pen in April, President Trump signed an order creating a new VA office: the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.

And, as you’d guess, its job is to shield whistleblowers and move on troubled departments faster.

Guess who is the new face of the department? Coleman. I spoke to him about his new career move.

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