WoA is a nonprofit organization assisting whistleblowers who have suffered retaliation after having identified harm to individuals or the public. Together, we can speak truth to power.
· Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Violations · Disability and Reasonable Accommodations · NO FEAR Act Protections · Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Complaints · Waste, Fraud and Abuse Reports · Prohibited Personnel Practices · Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Cases · Inspector General (IG) and other Investigations · Veterans and Survivor Benefits Denials . Medicare/Medicaid Fraud · Toxic Tactics & Workplace Violence Prevention
- Education and training in understanding the toxic tactics of whistleblower retaliation and hostile work environment prevention.
- Peer to peer support in overcoming the traumatic stress caused by retaliation and help with problem-solving.
- Offer mediation services between employees and employers to resolve issues without the need for litigation.
- Engage media in a public advocacy campaign on behalf of whistleblowers and watchdogs.
- Inform Congress on areas of needed reform and case consultation.
Whistle blowing is expensive. WoA assists whistleblowers obtain justice and right wrongs, especially when harm has been done to individuals or the public welfare. These First Relators of wrongdoing suffer retaliation, harassment and risk their own security for the common good. Please donate today and unite with us in speaking truth to power.
No matter your background or experience in righting wrongs, be a part of our team as a peer mentor, register as a speaker, advocate for whistleblower protections, or offer mediation services.
Whistleblowers are everywhere and can be anyone who sees wrongdoing and speaks out to stop it. However, it is often a lonely and confusing legal process. In the news media, we hear stories of victims who have waited decades before coming forward or have had to work for years to gather enough evidence to be credible. Yet, they protect individuals and the public from all kinds of harm - ranging from medical errors to toxic contamination to financial fraud to discrimination and sexual abuse. Whistleblowers are the first relators of wrongdoing!
Whistleblowers should not have to be alone in relating wrongdoing. For too long, the negative stereotypes and ostracism have hurt honest and ethical employees who take on toxic leaders in a hostile environment. As peers, we can come together and support each other through an often confusing legal process. While complaints and disclosures take years to investigate, whistleblowers suffer retaliation, retribution, and reprisal, which can result in financial, legal, social, emotional and physical consequences. Peer support is an evidence-based approach to handling those traumatic stressors.
WoA is here to help change all of that. Our primary mission is to provide evidence based peer support that matches mentors and mentees who follow a WoA whistleblower strategic plan designed to reduce the stress on the whistleblower and assist in problem-solving and decision making.
WoA has developed its own taxonomy to promote the understanding of the toxic tactics of retaliation and tools that can be used by clinicians and attorneys to document the impact of retaliation.
WoA has experts available that can assist with mediation and education and training for an organization that wants to resolve conflicts and prevent retaliation.
Many of the contacts to WoA come from veterans or Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs(VA) employees/contractors, so WoA has a large concentration on wrongdoing reported in these agencies. By example, our peers have reported on mismanagement of waiting lists at hospitals, over-prescribing of medication, racial discrimination, and misuse of funds.
Military members, veterans, and their civilian counterparts have been trained to "See something, say something." And they do! The Office of Special Council (OSC) reports that the majority of their cases are generated from VA and DoD. Congress has held multiple hearings based on reports to agency Inspector Generals (IG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted additional evaluations all because whistleblowers came forward. The media has also benefited from having reliable sources for their stories come from our whistleblowers.
In the military and in other dangerous jobs, you need to know who has your back, and at WoA, we do. When you have seen medical errors, denied benefits, discrimination, contamination, or waste, fraud and abuse of funds or authority, know that we are here to help you figure out what to report and to whom. We are a new kind of Veterans Service Organization (VSO) dedicated to helping you obtain justice.
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As the founder of Whistleblowers of America, Ms. Garrick is a policy and program expert with 30 years of service to the military/veteran community. She was a political appointee at the Pentagon for 8 years setting up personnel programs for Wounded Warriors and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. She established a crisis hotline in Afghanistan and later investigated issues related to diversity and inclusion and NO FEAR Act violations. It was while working for the Defense Department that Ms. Garrick blew the whistle on fraud, waste and abuse and suffered retaliation. Prior to that, she worked for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee drafting legislation to assist disabled veterans and their families. She is a former Army social work officer who has used her clinical knowledge to inform her advocacy and intervention work with The American Legion as the Deputy Director for Health Care and then with the Veterans" Disability Benefits Commission. She has several prestigious awards, including the Lincoln Award and a Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Ms. Garrick has published books and several articles. She has appeared worldwide as a health and resilience expert. She founded the FAR Group after 9/11 and continues to offer consulting services. Her MSW is from Temple University.
An attorney licensed in VA, DC, and PA. Mr. Wade is a retired Navy Judge Advocate General (NJAG) appellate review authority for military disability cases and co-creator of the first Defense on-line Constitutional Day program taken by over 10,000 federal employees. Mr. Wade has been a legal consultant for the DoD’s Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy and later for the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. He has a BA from West Chester University; a Juris Doctor from Widener University; an MBA from Virginia Tech; an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College; a Master of Laws from Georgetown Law Center; and a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He is also a board member for the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation and counsel for the Institute for Combat Wounded Policy
Ms. Wiblemo became the Associate Director for Policy and Government Affairs with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) in 2017 where she is an expert on health care policy. From 2007 to 2017, she was professional staff and then became the Director, Subcommittee on Health for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. As the Democratic Staff Director for the Health Subcommittee, Ms. Wiblemo was responsible for oversight of the Veterans Health Administration and improving veterans’ health care programs by holding Congressional hearings and proposing legislation. Her oversight role included all programs run by VHA and the corresponding budgets with over 300,000 employees and a $70 billion dollar budget. Before coming to Congress, Ms. Wiblemo worked for The American Legion for over 7 years. While there, she held several positions, including National Appeals Representative where she represented veterans before the VA Board of Appeals. She was the Assistant Director for Resource Management where she researched VA issues and finally she was the Deputy Director for Health Care. Ms. Wiblemo, spent nearly 10 years in the US Army as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps and 10 more years in the Individual Ready Reserve. She obtained her Masters in Health Administration from Chapman University, CA and is a graduate of Black Hills State University, SD
Dr. Klein is an alumnus of Yale University and Board Certified in the Specialty of Anesthesiology and the Sub-specialty of Pain Medicine. He has had more than 100 publications, lectures, invited guest faculty appearances, TV, radio and newspaper interviews and published books, including his 2018 release Scandals: Unmasking the Underbelly of the VA. A noted VA whistleblower, Dr. Klein disclosed fraud, waste, abuse and substandard care while working in the Veterans Health Administration system in Poplar Bluff, MO. The VA Office of Inspector General substantiated Dr. Klein's allegations of poor management of long-term opioid therapy for pain among the patients it reviewed at his facility. His case received national media attention and support from US Senators. Hence, Dr. Klein has become a passionate advocate and activist for his fellow whistleblowers who suffer retaliation and are subject to hostile work environments.
After 15 years of working in both the federal and private sectors, Ms. Khawam created the Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, FL. Her high-profile cases and unprecedented decisions were featured on the front pages of newspapers and on television. She specializes in Federal law and exclusively practices in Federal Courts. Ms. Khawam’s primary practice is in whistleblower law, which includes, False Claims Act (Qui Tam), Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, and the Whistleblower Protection Act. Ms. Khawam represents clients before the EEOC, OWCP, OSC, MSPB, OIG and other federal agencies. Various AFGE Local unions throughout the country, voted for Ms. Khawam’s as their attorney. Her federal clients included TSA, VA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, NOAA, USPS, DEA, and DoD. Ms. Khawam is a member of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and organized a specialized team to assist veterans obtain increases to their disability compensation and win appeals. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and has a MBA and an MS. Ms. Khawam is admitted into the Federal Courts in several states. She is a member of the Florida Bar and is active with the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
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See Board Member Dr. Dale Klein's book, Scandals: Unmasking the Underbelly of the VA. https://www.amazon.com/Scandals-Underbelly-Dale-Klein-M-D/dp/1979788022/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 . Dr. Klein's honest description of what it is like to be a whistleblower inside the VA mirrors the experience of so many who contact WoA. He describes the toxic tactics of retaliation that can cause a lifetime of harm to those who stand up against wrongdoing and advocate for veterans to receive the best possible care
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