Atlanta VA employees reassigned pending investigation of racially charged messages
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The VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta oversees the health care enrollment system for millions of veterans. Last year, a veterans crisis call center opened in the building. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
The VA reassigned the head of the agency's national health enrollment office in Atlanta and another employee pending the outcome of an investigation into racially charged messages that included mention of sending people to "the ovens."
One instant message exchange involved Jaco talking about "hating hippies" and saying "parasitic class will be purged. Into the ovens.” After asking him to take the comment back, Lawrence later sent a reply that said: "I just howled out loud laughing."