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covered up information that documents the depths of the department’s
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Even more staggering, however, are the VA’s repeated and costly construction boondoggles.
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The medical center was dedicated Tuesday, years behind schedule.
The center's groundbreaking was in 2008 and it had been expected to be completed in 2012.
The VA blamed the delays on problems with contractors.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specifically prohibits its medical providers to provide recommendations and opinions about medical marijuana.
That may be changing.
The top financial officer at Phoenix's VA medical center says she's been subjected to sexual allegations, racial smears, bogus investigations and her office searched as part of a two-year harassment campaign by rival administrators.
Have you heard of anyone having success using the Card? Twice this month I've tried
to get an appointment. Earlier in the month, I was told someone would call me back with a
scheduled appointment. I had to call back 3 times and finally got an appointment for that same
day. Now, I'm currently waiting for almost 2 weeks for a call to see a Podiatrist. I've called
3 times to see what the issue was. This program is not working after Congress has doled
out billions. The call center people seem to be at the core of the problem.
Just call and get an appointment, damn it.
No, I can't say that I know a single veteran who has used the program
successfully. I think they're finally beginning to understand that the problem with
VA isn't in DC. The problem is with many or even most of the front
line workers who are incompetent and can't be fired. Every executive I
speak with gets it...VA isn't working. Every front line worker I speak
to has an attitude. It isn't all about the vet, it's all about their
position in VA and their own problems.
If 1/2 of the lower ranking employees who need to be fired could be
fired, the 1/2 that would be left could do the job.
I have to agree wholeheartedly with your conclusions as to why the VA is broken: frontline worker attitudes. I recently drove 2 1/2 hours to attend a C&P exam at the VA Hospital in Detroit.
I had no idea of where to go or where to report to during my visit. I finally was directed
to a section in the hospital where i needed to be. Once there, I became very frustrated
when the VA employees behind the counter would not even get up out of their seat to help
with a simple question. It was like I was interrupting them. My inquiry was
answered from a sitting position some 15 yards away and barely audible. As I sat
there waiting, I saw the same attitude and treatment toward many veterans.
The experience was very frustrating and makes
me wonder if the effort to seek assistance is worth it at all.
I would be helpful if VA employees always thought that the
Veteran was not an interruption of their work, but the purpose of it.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to build better prosthetics. And it wants your help.
The long-term effects of breathing radioactive gas given off by nuclear warheads is
an example of knowledge even a well-trained doctor may not have,
local veterans affairs administrators were told Monday.
Sgt. James Brown was an active-duty soldier who had served two tours of duty in Iraq.
But he didn't survive a two-day DWI sentence in 2012.
Last year, it took a courageous whistleblower, Dr. Sam Foote at the Phoenix Veteran’s
Administration facility, to focus national attention on a ‘cook-the-books’ wait-times bonus
scandal. At the Phoenix facility alone, Dr. Foote suggested that up to forty veterans
died while waiting to see a doctor and up to
1,300 veterans had to wait up to six months for an appointment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits
Program covers most health care services and
supplies that are medically or psychologically necessary.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers can give the Veteran's care-giver (family member or friend) a "break" by taking over the Veteran's care for a limited time.
"Our VA National Cemetery is a place of honor and I don't think it's too
much to say that murderers should not be buried next to true American heroes."
Tip Of The Week
You're going to need any relevant civilian medical records that are available to
you in support of your claim. You should get those records for yourself and then
submit copies to VA. If you ask VA to do that for you, you may discover that they
don't even try. Your claim may be denied for a lack of evidence and then you're
into an appeal. Save yourself the trouble over the long run,
get the records from your civilian doctors for yourself.
After Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillmann was paralyzed from the abdomen down in a
bomb blast in Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid to retrofit his
Chevrolet Silverado truck so he could drive it and bought him a handcycle so
he could exercise. But the agency that cares for former troops won’t pay for
what the onetime squad leader and his wife, Holly, ache for most: a chance to have children.
After marching in the Stratford Memorial Day Parade, U.S. Sen. Richard
Blumenthal said Veterans' Affairs hospitals still need to take
major strides a years after the scandal that cost the agency's secretary his job.
It was the venerable “flower fund” that the American Battle Monuments Commission had run since the 1950s to honor the tens of thousands of American war dead in overseas cemeteries.
Last month, six decades after it began, the program was terminated.
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues
may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility
for VA health care, a change that will result in more veterans having
access to the health care benefits they've earned and deserve.
Man served in the Army in Kosovo from 2003-2004,
Iraq in 2006-2007 and Afghanistan from 2011-2012.
Veterans' post-service employment problems may have as much to do with their own unrealistic civilian job expectations as their new employers' unfamiliarity with the military, according to new research released Tuesday.
At a town hall meeting hosted Saturday by the Department of Veterans Affairs, former service members spoke of their struggle to receive benefits and medical care for ailments that have worsened as they age.
How much longer will all these changes take? News 4 put in a call to a spokesman for the Regional Veterans Affairs office, but so far we have not heard back.
Veterans will soon be able to log in to just one Department of Veterans Affairs website to manage their benefits, apply for doctors' appointments, and determine their eligibility for programs.
Chief Edwards said that neither of the two were veterans
but he cannot confirm if they are federal employees.
Despite being the most vilified person during the Phoenix VA scandal, former director Sharon Helman is suing the federal government. She wants her firing reversed.
Navy veteran Jeremy Walsh served in Iraq, retired after 20 years in the military and now lives in Parkton with his wife – except that the Department of Veterans Affairs believes he is dead.
The VA Needs Reforming, Not Reshuffling
The veterans’ health system is broken, and cosmetic fixes won’t solve any of its problems.
A man who was shot and wounded by Spokane police on
Wednesday night is a former Army combat medic who works at the city's VA Medical Center.
A DEFENSE Department report this month found that fewer men and women in uniform said they were subjected to unwanted sexual attention last year and that there has been an increase in victims reporting sex-related crimes.
Within the past couple months two different doctors
accepted the job only to change their minds at the last minute.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is sponsoring a bill to have the federal VA create a research center focused on the health of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were
exposed to burn pits. Burn pits were used to get rid of all kinds of garbage on military bases.
Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general released a scathing report on the Philadelphia VA Regional Office, which provides pension and benefits-claim
services for more than 800,000 veterans in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
FOX 11 Investigates a second Tomah VA death linked to too many drugs
De Pere veteran died in 2007; VA settled court case in 2011
Criminal charges could be filed in the coming weeks following allegations against the Tomah VA saying doctors there over prescribed prescription drugs to patients.
Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to change eligibility rules and open the VA Choice program to veterans who can't get needed medical care at their closest VA facility.
Automated System Often Unjustly Boosts Veterans’ Disability Benefits
Reduction of VA staff input allows more patients to exaggerate symptoms
The Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital has apologized for telling a veteran to call 911
after he drove up outside the emergency room with a broken foot but couldn’t walk in.
A Florida man couldn’t believe what he saw parked outside Dunkin'
Donuts Tuesday morning –- a hearse carrying the body of an Army veteran.
In 2004, then captain – now congresswoman – Tammy Duckworth was piloting a
Blackhawk helicopter in Iraq when it was shot down. She survived but lost both
of her legs. When she awoke, in only a hospital gown, she was supplied with a “comfort kit,”
some basics that are given to wounded troops. Included in the kit, besides slippers
that she could no longer use, were a pair of men’s jockey shorts. Comfort kits
simply weren’t made for women. Just for men. It is a story
that perfectly illustrates the multitude of issues facing our women who serve.
The Veterans Affairs Department has backed down from a stance that its mental health providers who are gay or lesbian should conceal that fact from patients.
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans’ sleep habits.
When our men and women in uniform complete their military service, they fulfill their solemn vow and commitment to our nation. It is our duty to honor our commitment to them.
Unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) too often fails in fulfilling its pledge to provide quality medical care to our nation’s veterans.
A veteran drove to the Phoenix VA headquarters this weekend, and then committed suicide in the parking lot. Sources say the man was trying to make a
statement, after numerous claims that our local VA
has been letting suicidal veterans fall through the cracks.
VA nurses are ready to rally. They are claiming a staffing
shortage is putting patients in danger at the Tampa VA hospital.
Lawmakers grilled representatives from the Veterans Affairs Department and its health care partners on the underuse of the new law allowing certain veterans to receive private treatment on the government’s dime, while still managing to toss in some complaints on the department’s lack of firing.
Sharon Helman’s attorney, Debra L. Roth, filed a legal motion filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit arguing that the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 severely limited Helman’s due process rights.
SARIN GAS COVER-UP CONTINUES
Assistant Secretary Brad Carson: the Department of Defense “cannot confirm exposure, only the possibility of exposure” of Gulf War veterans to sarin gas
The toxic vapors acted quickly against the Second Platoon of the 811th Ordnance Company, whose soldiers were moving abandoned barrels out of an Iraqi Republican Guard
warehouse in 2003. The building, one soldier said, was littered with dead birds.
In this country, the bravest among us join the military and head off to
defend our country. But often the greatest war they face is when they come back home.
On average, 22 veterans commit suicide every day.
A former regional director who helped oversee the Pittsburgh VA during a Legionnaires' outbreak has been asked to stop working under a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The future of a new VA hospital in Aurora was put in doubt
Thursday after a congressional deal to fund the troubled project fell apart.
In March, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ senior procurement official,
Jan R. Frye, sent a memo to Secretary Robert McDonald accusing other agency
leaders of “gross mismanagement.” In the 35-page document, he describes a
culture of “lawlessness and chaos” at the Veterans Health
Administration, the massive health-care system for 8.7 million veterans.
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember and honor those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and our freedom. This day serves as a worthy acknowledgment of the selfless choices and actions our military heroes made on our behalf.
Jeremy Walsh, a retired Navy petty officer second class, looks pretty good for a dead man.He and his family chuckle about it now, but they are still working through a nightmare caused by a clerical error declaring his death that stopped his military pay and froze his bank account.
A local man battled breast cancer and now the VA trying to help veterans and their families dealing with the effects from toxic tap water at Camp Lejeune.
It’s been said that a society should be judged by how it treats those who have lost their independence: the very old and young, the sick, the very poor and those behind bars.
But lately, another group has been added to that list: military veterans whose war wounds – physical and mental – can cost them their jobs, families and, in some cases, their lives if left untreated.
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans committees said Thursday the future of an over-budget VA hospital under construction in Denver is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn't come up with an acceptable plan for funding it.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been spending at least $6 billion a year in violation of federal contracting rules to pay for medical care and supplies, wasting taxpayer money and putting veterans at risk, according to an internal memo written by the agency's senior official for procurement.
Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has cosponsored a bill to help improve the quality of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability claims appeal process. Specifically, the bill
would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims.
"I see tons of money being wasted," said the worker. "I see it being wasted in the way
that there's no good weather protection on products that have been put in.
I see very high dollar items that are getting backfilled by dirt, just because that's the design.
I've seen dumpsters full of brand new materials thrown away because nobody would claim it."
Veterans denied disability benefits by VA
Veterans exposed to Camp Lejeune water contamination fight for benefits
Hundreds of pages of VA emails that were requested and received by Charles Gatlin
and his wife, Ariana Del Negro, testify to the growing rift
between the veteran and the agency designated to serve him.
Earlier this week, I wrote a blog which addressed the issue of military
caregivers being unable to trust the Veteran's Administration
(“Why military caregivers don’t trust the VA“).
More than a year after a scandal erupted over the cover-up of long
wait times at VA care facilities, the effort to reform the agency is a long way from finished.
After serving overseas in Iraq, a veteran came back to Iowa and started working at Iowa City VA Health Care System. This man asked KWQC to hide his identity
in fear of getting trouble at work for speaking out. “The treatment I received is what inspired me to work for the VA, but after being in the system as an employee,
things have come to light I can no longer ignore as a veteran,” says the VA worker.
Registered nurses marked International Nurses’ Day with two
actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers.
Lawmakers from both parties said Tuesday they will not divert money from a new health care law to pay for a half-finished hospital in Denver that now is
expected to cost more than $1.7 billion — nearly triple an
estimate the Department of Veterans Affairs gave last year.
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco is accusing the Department of
Veterans Affairs of lax oversight after investigators tipped off the VA in 2013 that a
veteran was potentially defrauding the government and selling opiates he was prescribed by the VA.
Senate Democrats are calling on the Department of Veteran Affairs to help student
veterans navigate the collapse of Corinthian College. The for-profit school closed 28
campuses late last month, leaving 1,600 students in the lurch, and filed for bankruptcy
on May 4. Because hundreds of veterans used taxpayer-funded post 9/11 GI Bill
benefits to enroll in Corinthian colleges, the lawmakers said the VA should provide students with information on how they will be impacted by the bankruptcy and closures.
Johnson said in a statement Thursday he sent for the documents on behalf of the
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as it investigates reports of opiate overprescribing and retaliatory behavior at the hospital.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program
that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected
disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable
employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies and equipment, and on-the-job training.
Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would not receive
bonuses in fiscal 2016 under a major spending bill the House passed on Thursday.
"it is simply incomprehensible to me that gross
mismanagement of this magnitude is 'business as usual' here in the VA."
A man who was taking aerial pictures of a Veterans Administration hospital in Louisiana this month had his memory card confiscated and is now awaiting trial for “unlawful photography.”However, Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association,says not only did Veterans Administration police had no right to confiscate his memory card, but they are misapplying the federal code regarding unauthorized photography.
The House has unanimously approved a series of bills aimed at helping veterans win government-paid jobs, get small business loans or obtain other assistance.
People often point to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an example of what’s wrong with government. But that implies all government operates in the same fashion as the
VA. That’s not the case. Fortunarly, this agency is an anomaly. Nearly every other agency in the federal government (or state, city and county, for the matter) looks like the model of efficacy when juxtaposed with the VA.
It’s been one debacle after another, each more outrageous than the last.
Several factors are slowing the progress, according to associations testifying on behalf of VA physicians, nurses and other clinicians before a House subcommittee Friday.
A significant one, they said, is that the hiring process is too slow and bureaucratic.
It is painfully clear that the dynamic will not change at the VA until the department embraces an ethic of true accountability for failing and underperforming workers.
The Canandaigua VA Medical Center Director, Craig Howard,
has announced that he will retire on May 31st.
Many surgeries have been discontinued for the foreseeable future at the Grand
Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, after five procedures
over nine months resulted in “unwanted outcomes,” including two deaths, the VA said Wednesday.
A Charleston woman battling for veterans benefits since last year does
not mince words when she describes her fight.
"I am scared and angry for all of us," Gayle Twigger-Shaw said. "I think the VA system's broken."
After fighting for our country more than 60 years ago, Edward Cannon is still fighting a battle.
This time it's over his benefits. He has boxes and boxes of medical and VA documents. Still, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it needs more evidence to prove Cannon should receive benefits.
VA improperly spending on medical supplies
Assistant Secretary Jan Frye claims improperly spent at
least $5 billion a year on medical equipment, sparking inquiry.
The beleaguered Tomah VA Medical Center released a short-term plan for reform Monday.
The so-called “30-Day Plan” outlines steps for addressing cultural change, improving relations between leadership and workers as well as offering more tools for health care providers and improving access for veterans.
A Santa Maria firm paid a $1 million settlement with the federal government over allegations it lied about being a disabled veteran-owned business in order to secure
lucrative landscaping and restoration contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan living in rural areas face unique challenges when trying to receive care through the VA. Is enough being done to help them?
For a soldier identified only as "Roy Carter," the attacks didn't stop after he was sexually assaulted by a male soldier in another platoon in 2012. After "Carter" reported his assault, he was attacked twice more within six months.
More than 120 previously unpublished investigations by the Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general, dating as far back as 2006, reveal problems at VA medical centers nationwide ranging from medical malpractice and patient safety concerns to mismanagement, infighting and corruption.
Injuries, both mental and physical, often prevent veterans from getting jobs. The number that can determine how an injured veteran lives is their disability percentage. A high score can mean a life of care and recovery. A low score can mean a life of poverty and homelessness.
The long-term effects of breathing radioactive gas given off by nuclear warheads is an example of knowledge even a well-trained doctor may not have, local veterans affairs administrators were told Monday.
A U.S. Army Iraq war vet plans to take a team of veterans
back to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“Congress also gave the VA more than $16 billion to improve care and shorten wait times,” Mr. Boehner said. “And yet, the number of patients facing long waits is about the same.
The number of patients waiting more than 90 days has nearly doubled. At this point, the VA can’t even build a hospital — just about every project ends up years behind schedule and hundreds of millions, if not billions, over budget.”
A disabled veteran was denied a claim by the VA after being
mistaken for another veteran with the same name
Boondoggle HQ: The $25 Million Building
This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used—at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million.
Blue Water Claims Update
The Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has made a landmark ruling that will help many Navy
and Coast Guard vets who have been classified as Blue Water Sailors. The case was Gray vs
McDonald and was decided on April 24, 2015. This will greatly benefit many Vietnam Navy
veterans effected by Agent Orange.
House speaker John Boehner asked the right question on Wednesday. His question was, “What in hell is wrong with the VA?” He wanted to know why only
one person had been fired over the recent VA scandals.
Veterans are often confused about Department of Veterans Affairs 100 percent disability ratings and whether or not they can work if rated at 100 percent.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a $77.6 billion funding bill for military construction and veterans benefits that includes an amendment allowing Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend the use of medical marijuana.
Nearly five months after a federal advisory board concluded that Air Force reservists were exposed to Agent Orange years after their C-123 aircraft were used to spray the toxic defoliant in Vietnam, the former troops are still waiting for medical benefits from the VA.
As a wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq, I've been asked to give speeches at Memorial Day celebrations. It's one of the hardest jobs I've ever done.
Veterans Day is easy. Fourth of July, a piece of cake. But Memorial Day, that's a tough one.
A project dubbed the "biggest construction failure" in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- already $1 billion over budget and more than a year behind schedule -- is getting another $100 million taxpayer bailout. Government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste named McDonald "porker of the month" for his role in not resolving cost overruns and continuing to ask Congress for more funds.
Last week the top procurement officer in the Veterans Affairs Department appeared before a House subcommittee to make more troubling but persuasive assertions about the utter failure of agency Secretary Robert McDonald to fulfill his promises of reform.
A 96-year-old World War II veteran whose claims of mistreatment by a court-appointed conservator have attracted community-wide support received good news this week when a probate judge ordered he be repaid $34,000.
Another shutdown on the construction of Colorado's massively over-budget VA Hospital project
appears imminent as eleventh-hour
negotiating to keep the job site open stalled in an impasse Wednesday.
Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab have developed a next-generation prosthetic: a robotic arm that has 26 joints, can curl up to 45 pounds and is controlled with a person’s mind just like a regular arm.
“Next week marks the one-year anniversary since General Eric Shinseki resigned as the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department,” he said. “But instead of a new day at the VA, the American people are still seeing more of the same. Last year, Congress gave the VA secretary new authority to fire employees. But while some 110 VA facilities kept secret lists to hide their wait times, just one person has been fired.”
“What the hell happened to the rest of them?” he asked rhetorically.
May is Mental Health Month, making this a good time to check up on yourself and gauge your overall mental health. There are many different types of mental health conditions and it’s important to learn the warning signs of each to
start the path to better mental health.
As more women join the front line, the number of services is growing to help them succeed.
LaFranca says the VA told him they can manage his cancer with chemo, but
there isn’t much else they can do. He wants a second opinion from outside doctors,
including from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, but he
says the VA denied him a referral. “I thought they are just leaving me out there to die”
It’s been over a year since the Veterans Affairs administration was rocked by
a scandal that led to the ouster of then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki
In the year since the scandals at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country made
headlines, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee,
has been busy leading his committee’s investigation into the problem-plagued department.
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VA hospital $1 billion over budget gets another $100 million
The VA hospital in question, the Denver Replacement Medical Center, has been
labeled the "biggest construction failure" in the agency's history with a
current price tag of $1.73 billion (and rapidly counting).
The original cost estimate was less than $400 million.
Researchers found that 69 percent of veterans who were
evaluated for self-reported PTSD symptoms also were at high risk for sleep apnea.
"My mantra as a pharmacist and as a provider myself is, I want to be able to do something for you, just not something to you, making sure that their drug is appropriate for the treatment," she explains.
After a veteran committed suicide in the parking lot of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs regional office earlier this month, more and more VA employees are speaking out about the ongoing problems and inefficient care at the Phoenix VA.
Veteran gets overdue hearing aids after VA delay
A veteran desperate to hear the voice of his ailing wife finally got hearing aids after KARE 11 contacted numerous lawmakers to help remedy a lengthy delay by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. Denny Madson had
been waiting for his hearing aids nearly 16 months when his family asked for help.