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American Legion Calls for Shinseki to Quit, But Should He?

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Yes, Secretary Shinseki does owe us an explanation. But he owes it after a thorough investigation of these serious allegations is able to determine exactly what happened. Shinseki has stated that if the investigation substantiates allegations of employee misconduct, swift and appropriate action will be taken.

Complex Veterans Benefits Cases Require Common Sense Approach

Bill Lawson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Bill Lawson

Complex medical cases demand human reasoning and judgment to achieve true accuracy. Strict adherence to rules-based algorithms and checklists has already left too many veterans shortchanged in their benefits.

The Next Backlog: Obamacare Brings Dysfunctional VA Model to Broader Health Market

Pete Hegseth | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Pete Hegseth

If you're a military veteran who has had dealings with the VA, that word -- "backlog" -- is depressingly familiar.

Broken Congress Turns Its Back on America's Veterans and Military Families

John Walsh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Walsh

True leadership requires putting your state and nation ahead of yourself. It means having the courage to do what's right -- not what their party leaders tell them to. It means honoring our responsibilities -- especially to our military heroes, their families, our children and our seniors.

The Wait We Carry: Visualization Tool Reveals The True Human Cost of the VA Backlog

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

The debate about the VA disability claims backlog has been about many things, but for us, it's first and foremost about the hundreds of thousands of veterans facing an enduring and straining wait. These people are more than just about numbers.

The Dysfunction That Is Veterans Affairs

Pete Hegseth | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Pete Hegseth

If VA is finally reducing the mountain of waiting claims, as has been suggested, that would be good news for veterans. But pardon me if I'm not yet prepared to join the celebration.

Law School Clinics Help Veterans Escape Backlog

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 05.27.2013 | College

NORFOLK, Va. -- Dustin Allison was riding in an armored vehicle at the head of a convoy in Iraq one morning in 2007 when an improvised explosive devic...

Memorial Day 2013: Honor the Fallen by Lifting Up Veterans

Christine Pelosi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The physical and emotional toll of these deployments is a cost of war we Americans have only begun to pay, yet all too often a war-weary public tends to look the other way. But this Memorial Day we cannot look away.

David Wood

VA Chief: Backlog Reform Is Difficult But On Track | David Wood | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Eric Shinseki triumphed over a severe combat wound in Vietnam, outmaneuvered the crusty Old Guard in the Pentagon and stared down...

Paper Is The Enemy?

Posted 05.03.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart has been hammering both the president and congress on the long waits veterans face on their disability claims, and he revisited the subjec...

Will Wrigley

Senators To Obama: End Veterans Benefits Backlog | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The majority of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday, urging his "direct and public involvement" in fixing ...

David Wood

VA Chief Charts Solid Gains For Veterans | David Wood | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Eric Shinseki took over a sleepy Department of Veterans Affairs four years ago, he decided some change was due. For one thing, tho...