Meet Paula Pedene
Paula Pedene is a decorated U.S. Navy Veteran with military service during both the Cold War and Operation Desert Storm. After transitioning from Navy Journalist, she became an award-winning Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) public relations practitioner. Then tragedy hit. In collaboration with a Whistleblower doctor, they exposed funds mismanagement and a hostile work environment. In doing so, Pedene became one of the first Whistleblowers at the Phoenix VA. Leaders reprised against her for her activities. They removed her from her high profile position and banished her to the basement library as a clerk.
While in the basement, Pedene became aware of the Phoenix VA wait-time scandal. A Sacred Duty is her story of combining faith, perseverance, and grit to win her Whistleblower Case, eventually leading to the resignation of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.