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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...

Treating PTSD: Maybe It's Time for Another Look at Our Options

Shad Meshad | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Internationally recognized traumatologist Dr. Charles Figley thinks we should reevaluate medical marijuana for use in treating trauma like PTSD, especially in the face of veterans being overprescribed pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, often very powerful ones, and sometimes several at a time.

Congressional Vacations For All!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation.

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...

Same Song....

John Toussaint, MD | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
John Toussaint, MD

In a strange way, the VA and military health system problems might actually help American medicine leaders figure out the way forward.

David Wood

How Community Nonprofits Are Revolutionizing Services For Veterans | David Wood | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

The custom-designed Gordon Mansfield housing complex at Soldier On, a nonprofit veteran center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The complex has 39 studio...

My Visit With an Extraordinary Veteran Named Ramona

Major Miguel Reece (Retired) | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Major Miguel Reece (Retired)

This is a story from one of the hardest days of my life. One afternoon I rang the doorbell of a veteran named Ron. No one answered. I proceeded to go back to my car to write him a note. Then something horrific occurred.

Ryan J. Reilly

Congressman Jailed For Corruption: No Money In VA Oversight | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Republican member of Congress sentenced to eight years in federal prison over bribery charges said this week that one of the re...

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.

David Wood

Scandal-Plagued VA Is Overpaying Workers By Millions Of Dollars, Internal Audits Find | David Wood | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

While veterans' hospitals don't have enough doctors and nurses, the VA spends millions on misclassified support staff.

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.

Obama Nominates Former Business Executive To Lead The VA

AP | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Depar...

'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 ...

What's Your Story? Mike McCarthy Of Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

Stuart Gunter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Taste
Stuart Gunter

"I want people to get down and dirty while hammering at crabs, drinking cheap ice cold beer, telling random stories. Like when I was a kid."

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...

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...

Tens Of Thousands More Vets Than Reported Forced To Wait For Help

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans ...

VA Solutions Should Start With Transparency

Leah Binder | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

So how does the VA compare? We don't know. We don't have much data publicly available to begin with, and we have virtually nothing that compares VA hospitals with other American hospitals.

Celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week by Giving R-E-S-P-E-C-T Year-Round

Carla Washington | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Carla Washington

At a time when the U.S. population is growing older rapidly, we need to show direct care workers more respect if we want to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of qualified, trained people to provide high-quality care

Government Demands Whistleblower Organization's Encrypted Files

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) in-house watchdog has demanded that the Project On Government Oversight turn over all information it has collected related to abuses and mismanagement at VA medical facilities. The VA is part of the federal government. POGO is a private non-profit group.

Crisis in Veterans Hospitals and the Shortage of Doctors

John Komlos | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
John Komlos

That veterans have to wait excessively to be treated is not the fault of the VA. The real reason is that that there is a shortage of doctors and not only for veterans but for the whole country.

Sam Stein

Without Much Notice, Senate Passes Major Education Benefit For Military Spouses | Sam Stein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional efforts to address problems with the veterans health care system may have the added benefit of creating an educational ent...

FBI To Investigate VA Hospitals

AP | By ERIC TUCKER | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs after a scathing watchdog report that found sw...

The VA Scandal Flags Much Bigger Problems in Civil Service

Max Stier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Max Stier

Congress has both an opportunity and an imperative to plan for the future federal workforce, but to do it properly, it must revamp the system that supports it.

The Real Problem With the VA: A Veteran's View From the Inside Out

Terry L. Gould | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Terry L. Gould

There is a deep and urgent need for Americans to understand that the current problems within certain VA facilities are not rampant and system-wide. And I would bet my life that the nurses and staff at the centers being investigated carry out their duties with the same compassion and caring that my father-in-law is receiving at this very moment.