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In Wake Of Troubling VA Report, Group Promises Nearly 2,000 Homes For Homeless Vets

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact

After a recent eye-opening report found that the Department of Veterans Affairs let down thousands of homeless veterans last year, the VA remained und...

VA Fires Phoenix Hospital Director

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

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

Chicago Is the 99th-worst City for Veterans, Says Study

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Chicago is not doing its part to support military veterans, says a new study. Out of 100 cities examined, Chicago ranked as number 99 in terms of how well the city offers economic, education, health and housing opportunities.

Not All Veterans Are Heroes

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Am I describing the entire enlisted force, past and present? Not at all. But that's the point. We are not all the same. Taking the veteran moniker doesn't change that. What I'm getting to is this: Stop "other"-ing us.

This Veterans Day, Let's Focus on Homeless Female Vets

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Experts believe the number of homeless female veterans is going up because federal veteran assistance programs do not do enough to accommodate women and children, and also there is a lack of affordable housing and child care in our country.

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...

Gotcha, Government!

Terry Newell | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Why couldn't the CDC save lives instead of putting them at risk? Why couldn't the VA help patients instead of delaying their care? Then maybe we would have a little more trust in the feds.

New VA Funds Will Help 70,000 Homeless Veterans And Their Families

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that $207 million will be allocated in grants to help fight veteran homelessness across Amer...

Report Finds Serious Shortcomings In How The VA Cares For Female Veterans

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even ...

Culture of Service: Temptation to Arrogance

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

Disciplining bureaucratic arrogance may look like small ball next to trophy legislation, but it might actually pay bigger dividends by sweetening the nation's currently sour political milieu and so permitting more effective, active government.

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...

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

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.03.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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 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...

Same Song....

John Toussaint, MD | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...