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A video parody of the movie "Patton" which the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $52,000 to produce surfaced Wednesday, as lawmakers stepped up pressure on the VA to explain another set of questionable and costly conferences.
A House committee investigating spending by the Department of Veterans Affairs at two training conferences in Florida last year has released a “Patton” parody video produced by the VA.
The Veterans Affairs department spent $52,000 to make a training video in which an actor parodied actor George C. Scott in the iconic scene from the movie “Patton,” according to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The $52,000 “Patton” parody video commissioned by the Veterans Affairs Department and released this morning is — let’s be honest — kind of a snooze. The actor sorta sounds like George C. Scott’s Gen. Patton towards the end — I’ll give him that — but doesn’t look like him at all, it’s too long, and what few jokes there are are pretty lame. (And I’m not really sure how one actor, his costume, a big flag, and a smattering of B-roll and interviews with VA employees requires a budget of $52,000.)
The chairman and ranking members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee are demanding a complete accounting of where and how the Department of Veterans Affairs has spent money on employee conferences since 2009.