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

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

'Corrosive Culture' At Veterans Affairs White House Review Concludes

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes ...

Top Veterans Affairs Officials Leave Agency, VA Says

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday announced the departure of two seni...

Employee Alleges Ongoing Cover-Up At Phoenix VA

AP | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — An employee of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix that is at the center of a nationwide scandal over delays in care is alleging...

Veterans Affairs Falls Short On Women's Health

AP | GARANCE BURKE | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short...

Senate Bill Would Double Veterans' Health Spending

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on veterans' health care could double in three years under the Senate's solution to the long waits experienced by thousan...

Omerta at the VA: Breaking the Spell of Silence and Intimidation

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

I have spoken with a number of VA leaders who are dedicated to providing the best services to veterans; every one without exception has had to navigate this incompetent and intimidating system. It is shameful.

Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Staff Upheaval Actually Quite Normal, Say Former Bush, Clinton Officials | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For President Barack Obama, 2014 has been a year of goodbyes at the White House. Two weeks ago, he accepted the resignation of his Ve...

VA Computers Are Really, Really Old

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.11.2014 | Comedy

The VA hospital scandal has led to waits so long that some veterans have literally died waiting for treatment -- and now, it's coming out that the com...