U.S. Office of Special Counsel Releases Letter Regarding V.A. Response to Whistleblower Allegations

On January 25, 2018, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) released its findings with regard to an investigation into the corrective measures taken by the Veterans' Administration in the wake of whistleblower complaints.  The findings, which were detailed in a letter to the President, were highly-critical of the V.A.'s investigation into complaints made by medical practitioners at the Manchester facility.  In particular, the OSC noted that very little action was taken prior to release of a Boston Globe Spotlight article in July 2017, in spite of the fact that the V.A. had been notified of the complaints at least six months before.  For more regarding the OSC's findings and to read the full text of the OSC's letter, go to

Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery Appointed to N.H. Attorney Discipline System Committee

On January 17, 2018, Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery was appointed to the Hearings Committee of the New Hampshire Supreme Court's Attorney Discipline System. Attorney Amodeo-Vickery has been appointed to a three-year term commencing January 1, 2018.

Upon referral from the Complaint Screening Committee and Disciplinary Counsel of the N.H. Office of Attorney Discipline, the Hearings Committee makes findings of fact and conclusions of law with regard to professional conduct complaints against state-licensed attorneys. The hearings panel then makes written recommendations to the Professional Conduct Committee with regard to alleged violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Visits Manchester V.A. Medical Center

On August 4, 2017, U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin visited Manchester. During the visit, he met with the members of the Medical Center's staff, Veterans, the state's Congressional delegation and the doctors who recently spoke out regarding concerns of substandard care at the Manchester V.A. To read more about Shulkin's visit and response, go to:

VA Secretary Shulkin announces $30 million investment in Manchester VA

VA secretary announces Manchester reforms, but doctors remain skeptical

Town Hall Meeting for Veterans

On July 31, 2017, the V.A. doctors who spoke out regarding substandard care at the Manchester V.A. Medical Center hosted a town hall-style meeting to discuss issues brought to light in the July 16, 2016 Boston Globe Spotlight Report. At the meeting, which was attended by Veterans, legislators and VA Medical Center leaders, the doctors discussed their concerns about Veterans' care issues at the V.A. in Manchester.  Veterans were also given an open forum to voice their concerns regarding quality of care in the V.A. system.  The meeting was moderated by Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery of Borofsky, Amodeo-Vickery & Bandazian, P.A.

To read more about the meeting, please refer to the following reports:

Speaking out on VA conditions: 'We have been fighting for a long time'

V.A. whistleblower: Manchester should be a 'test case' for national reform

Developments in the Manchester V.A. Medical Center Investigation

On July 23, 2017, Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery and Dr. William "Ed" Kois appeared on WMUR's CloseUP with Adam Sexton.  For those seeking more information regarding recent allegations of substandard care at Manchester's V.A. Medical Center, this segment is a "must-watch."  The interview is available on WMUR's website at: CloseUP: Whistleblower discusses issues at Manchester V.A.

Attorney Amodeo-Vickery also spoke to the Union Leader on July 23, 2017, regarding concerns that the reopened investigation won't get the job done.  The full article is available at: Whistleblowers' lawyer: V.A. probe will likely be 'another whitewash'

An Interview with the V.A. Doctors Who Took Action

For additional follow-up regarding allegations made against the Manchester V.A. Medical Center in a July 16, 2017 Boston Globe Spotlight Report, check out the Union Leader's interview with four of the V.A. doctors represented by Andrea Amodeo-Vickery of our firm.

VA Center Doctors Say They Had to Speak Up

Manchester V.A. Hospital Under Review 

In the wake of a Boston Globe Spotlight Team Report published on July 16, 2017, two officials at the Manchester V.A. Medical Center have been removed and a "top-to-bottom" review of the hospital has been ordered by Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin. The Globe's Report brought to light allegations made by eleven V.A. doctors and medical professionals, all of whom are whistle-blowers represented by Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery of Borofsky, Amodeo-Vickery and Bandazian, P.A.  The full Boston Globe article is available at:

To read the Spotlight Team's follow-up report, see:

Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Consultations and Seminars

Borofsky, Amodeo-Vickery & Bandazian, P.A. provides free initial consultations and free Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability seminars. If you have been injured in an accident, injured at work or have a Social Security disability claim, come to one of our seminars and learn about your rights. Our attorneys will address:

  • How to get fair value for your case and when to settle
  • How to get your bills paid
  • How to get the medical treatment you need
  • How to deal with insurance companies
  • The four main Workers' Compensation benefits
  • Independent Medical Exams, Rehab Counselors, Surveillance, Hearings
  • Related topics, including the impact of the economy and Social Security Disability

To schedule a consultation or find out about our next set of informational seminars, please call or e-mail Borofsky, Amodeo-Vickery & Bandazian, P.A.

[email protected] or (603) 625-6441

Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery Attends National College for DUI Defense Seminar

Attorney Andrea Amodeo-Vickery will be attending the National College for DUI Defense's 2017 Summer Session in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Summer Session is a specialized training program conducted by the NCDD for its members. Recognized by the American Bar Association, the NCDD is an elite group of lawyers dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Attorney Chris Bandazian Re-elected to Bedford Town Council

Attorney Chris Bandazian was re-elected to the Bedford Town Council in March 2017. In addition to his service on the Town Council, he is also on the Bedford Energy Commission, Bedford Community Television Board, Bedford School Board liaison, Bedford Planning Board, The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (Board of Directors and President) and the Bedford Education Foundation (Board of Directors). To read his full bio, please go to /About-Us/Christopher-A-Bandazian.shtml .

N.H. Allows DWI First Offenders to Petition for Restricted Licenses

New Hampshire now allows certain first offenders who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI) to petition the Court for what has traditionally been known as a "Cinderella License." A restricted license allows a first offender who has served a 45-day license suspension to request a limited restoration of his or her right to operate a motor vehicle. A restricted license is not available to drivers who have been convicted of an offense involving a commercial motor vehicle.

In addition to providing proof of financial responsibility as required by NH RSA 265-A:28, first offenders must also submit an application that demonstrates the need for the license and satisfactory proof that:

(a) The ability to operate a motor vehicle is an occupational requirement;

(b) The ability to operate a motor vehicle is necessary to seek employment or to travel to and from a place of employment;

(c) The ability to operate a motor vehicle is necessary to travel to or from an alcohol or drug treatment or rehabilitation program;

(d) The ability to operate a motor vehicle is necessary to obtain regular medical treatment for oneself or a family member;

(e) The ability to operate a motor vehicle is necessary for the continuance of his or her education; or

(f) The ability to operate a motor vehicle is necessary to attend job training.

If granted, a person's restricted driving privileges are subject to certain limitations with regard to time, place and date of travel. The right to operate a motor vehicle is also limited to vehicles equipped with enhanced technology ignition interlock devices.

Additional information regarding this law may be found at

Work Injuries And Illnesses Impose Heavy Costs On Workers, Families And The Economy

"The failure of many employers to prevent millions of work injuries and illnesses each year, and the failure of the broken workers' compensation system to ensure that workers do not bear the costs of their injuries and illnesses, are truly adding inequality to injury." OSHA

See the full OSHA report at:

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