A new study from a government watchdog group called Open the Books focuses on how much money the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has spent to repair its image instead of repairing the VA system. The study found that between 2012 and 2015, VA had spent $1.7 million on surveys, nearly $800 million on furniture, and $300 million on jobs like interior designers, gardeners and painters. It also spend millions of dollars on damage control. Nearly half a billion dollars was spent on lawyers. And another $100 million was spent on public relations. Read the study on the OpentheBooks.com website.
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