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I Survived The VA: A Veteran Tells His Shocking Story

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Cat del Valle Castellanos

The VA should be the fulfillment of a promise: health care in the service of those way we claim to honor most, those who have worn the uniform and offered the last, full measure of their worth for their nation. It has become, in reality, a vending machine.

Igor Bobic

John Boehner Blasts Obama Over Pace Of Reform At Department Of Veterans Affairs | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called on the Obama administration to formulate a "long-term plan" that would address t...

Obama To Visit Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Scandal

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama will visit the Phoenix hospital at the center of the scandal over mismanaged care for veterans, The Arizona Republic and 12 New...

6,845 Americans Died and 900,000 Were Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Say 'No' to Obama's War.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If Americans utilized the outrage over American Sniper, the Brian Williams saga, and Kanye West rushing the stage at the Grammys, and aimed this vitriol at President Obama's request for a new war, we could possibly avert yet another colossal mistake.

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

VA Fires Phoenix Hospital Director

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on...

VA Announces Reorganization, Vows Focus On Customer Service

AP | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veter...

VA Scandal Leads To Major Shakeups

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a...

Veterans Affairs Chief Promises To Make It Easier For Veterans To Get The Services They Need

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate...

VA: Investigators Have Found No Proof Delays In Care Caused Vets To Die

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital i...

Congress Passes Veterans Affairs Overhaul Bill

AP | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of ...

Veterans Affairs Employees Falsified Data To Hide Delays, USA Today Reports

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - Employees at more than 100 medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs falsified appointment data...

Congress Took Longer on the VA Reform Than Veterans Had to Wait for Health Care

John A. Tures | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Congress declared the Veterans Administration scandal was a disaster that veterans had to wait so long for help. Then, they proceeded to take longer than the wait time to come up with a reform.

Sam Stein

Congressional Leaders Have Actually Agreed On A VA Reform Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a near-death experience, legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs has been revived. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt....

House, Senate Committees Reach Tentative Agreement On VA Bill

Reuters | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) - A tentative agreement has been reached by the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House v...

Sam Stein

The Backstory Of How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relati...

Sanders Offers A Lower-Cost Solution To Improve VA Health Care Services

AP | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing pr...

No Laughing Matter: Vets and the VA

Shad Meshad | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Sometimes exaggerating to the point of absurdity is a way to draw attention to something. And sometimes a story needs no exaggeration at all. It's absurd all on its own. Just take a look at military veterans and their experiences with the VA.

Obama's VA Nominee Vows Corporate-Style Discipline Following Scandal

Reuters | David Lawder | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporat...

The Bonus Marchers Anniversary and Veterans in America

Roger Fisk | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

Veterans and patriotism are almost interchangeable, but peeling away the veneer reveals the conflicted relationship America has with its vets.

A Turning Point

Zachary Bell | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Zachary Bell

I am not sure if hell has theme music, but if it does I imagine that it is the exact same as the call-waiting music of the VA. The biggest issue is actually getting into the door to your appointment.

Fixing the VA: An Opportunity for Health Care in the US

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

In nominating Mr. Bob McDonald to lead the VA, the President chose someone with extensive managerial experience and an honorable military record. I hope Mr. McDonald will use this opportunity not only to fix the many problems at the VA, but to innovate and lead.

Amid Scandal Surrounding VA, Day-to-Day Struggles of Veterans Seeking Health Care Overshadowed

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

Only a daily basis, veterans assuming they are going to see tenured doctors are met with nurse practitioners due to the turnover at the VA. The VA is simply not able to compete with the private sector to attract doctors and has been forced to use its existing resource of nurse practitioners to provide care to veterans.

Another Top Official Leaves Veterans Affairs

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief medical inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs has retired, following a report that his office downplayed whis...

The Right Choice for VA

Jim Moore | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

As a West Point graduate, a veteran, and the son of a World War II veteran, Robert McDonald may finally bring to VA the corporate credentials necessary to embrace the values, sensibilities, and 21st-century business acumen necessary to unmire an agency sunk to its axles in the mud of lies, subterfuge, management failure, and whistleblower suppression.