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​EDITORIAL: Don’t let VA build anything ever again

​There is no federal bureacracy more plagued by incompetence than the Department

of Veterans Affairs. Not only has the VA neglected our veterans through unacceptable

delays in processing disability and compensation claims, it has also routinely

made veterans wait too long for care. Across the country, VA officials have

covered up information that documents the depths of the department’s

dysfunction so they could collect bonuses. And it’s nearly impossible to fire anyone responsible.
Even more staggering, however, are the VA’s repeated and costly construction boondoggles.

Are VA Delays Getting You Down?
​​​An investigative producer with a national news organization is interested in talking

with veterans who are experiencing delays and have struggled with the process in order to try and receive what they believe are appropriatedeterminations on their claims. If you're

interested in making your voice heard, 

contact me at <jim912@gmail.com> and I'll introduce you.
You'll help other veterans by allowing your story to be told!

Orlando VA hospital opens years behind schedule

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.

​​Medical Marijuana for VA Patients

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specifically prohibits its medical providers to provide recommendations and opinions about medical marijuana.
That may be changing.

Phoenix VA bosses mired in personal conflicts

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.

Jim's Mailbag


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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​VA Wants Your Help Building Better Prosthetics

​The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to build better prosthetics. And it wants your help.

​Veterans face rare health risks, VA administrators told at forum

​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.

Final Moments Of Army Sgt. James Brown's

Life Captured In GRAPHIC Jail Video

​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.

The VA Scandal One Year Later

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.

Spina Bifida Health Care Program

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. 

Respite Care

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.

Should veterans convicted of capital crimes

be allowed in military cemeteries?

​"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."

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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.

​For combat veterans, VA ban on IVF coverage adds insult to injury

​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.

VA Hospitals Improving But Not There Yet

​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.

After 60 years, government ends service that put flowers on GI’s graves

​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.

Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

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.

​VA eliminates net worth as health care eligibility factor

​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.

​​Veteran: VA should be run by veterans, not civilians

Man served in the Army in Kosovo from 2003-2004,

Iraq in 2006-2007 and Afghanistan from 2011-2012.

Vets' job expectations may be unrealistic

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.

Vets to VA: We can't get quick medical care

​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.

​​​VA puts wheelchair project for disabled

veteran on hold for 2 years​

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.

VA to Debut One-Stop Benefit Website

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. 

Two People Arrested At Topeka VA

Chief Edwards said that neither of the two were veterans

but he cannot confirm if they are federal employees.

Former Phoenix VA director

Helman suing to overturn firing

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 vet must offer proof of life

after VA wrongly declares him dead

​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.

Man wounded by Spokane police

works at VA Medical Center

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.

Protecting our service members against sexual assault

​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. 

Valley VA clinic carries on after multiple

attempts to hire a doctor

​Within the past couple months two different doctors

accepted the job only to change their minds at the last minute.

Bill Requires VA to Further Study Effects of

Burn Pits on Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans

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. 

Bill would help hold VA accountable

​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

as part of Tomah VA investigation

​Criminal charges could be filed in the coming weeks following allegations against the Tomah VA saying doctors there over prescribed prescription drugs to patients.

​VA, Congress work to change VA Choice eligibility

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

Seattle VA hospital strands veteran outside ER

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.

Hearse stops at Florida Dunkin' Donuts while carrying veteran

A Florida man couldn’t believe what he saw parked outside Dunkin'

Donuts Tuesday morning –- a hearse carrying the body of an Army veteran.

Female veterans face woefully inadequate care

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.


VA Psychiatrist Wins Settlement After Complaints About Openness as Lesbian

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.

Intel gifts VA 1,000 Basis wearables for sleep study, weight management

​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.

VA Choice Program must work better for our veterans

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. 

Vet commits suicide on VA administration grounds

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.

Tampa VA nurses say staff shortage threatens veterans

VA nurses are ready to rally. They are claiming a staffing

shortage is putting patients in danger at the Tampa VA hospital.

​​​VA Officials Say They're Trying to Fire People, But It's Still Really Hard

​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. 

Court action challenges VA firing law

​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.

Assistant Secretary Brad Carson: the Department of Defense “cannot
confirm exposure, only the possibility of exposure” of Gulf War veterans to sarin gas

12 Years Later, a Mystery of Chemical Exposure in Iraq Clears Slightly

​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.

Vets say VA policy on pot use puts treatment at risk

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.

Former VA exec during disease outbreak asked to stop working

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.

Deal to fund Aurora VA hospital hits a wall; work stoppage possible

​ 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.

9 big takeaways from memo accusing VA of

making a ‘mockery’ of spending rules

​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.

Understanding veterans’ burial and memorial benefits

​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.

Iraq veteran fights VA to prove he's not dead

​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.

Bay area man pushes VA to help Camp Lejeune victims

​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.​​

Severely injured vets need full attention of VA

​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.

Future of Over-Budget Denver VA Hospital Unclear

​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.

VA improperly spent $6 billion on care, official says

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.​

Klobuchar sponsors bill to fix VA claims process

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.

Construction worker at $1 billion over-budget VA

hospital in Aurora reveals waste, safety concerns

​"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

VA emails show rift between agency, vet

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.

Trusting the VA, an update

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“). 

​​VA remains work in progress year after scandal broke

​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.

Worker speaks on issues at Iowa City VA Hospital

​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.

Nurses Demonstrate for Patient Care

Bill & Against VA Management Attacks

Registered nurses marked International Nurses’ Day with two

actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers.

Lawmakers to VA: Find another way

to pay for Denver hospital

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 DA rips VA over drug probe

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 Dems call on VA to help student vets at Corinthian colleges

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.

Sen. Ron Johnson subpoenas VA inspector general for Tomah documents​

​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 and Employment

Services for Veterans with Disabilities

​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.

Bill Bans Bonuses for VA Senior Executives

Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would not receive

bonuses in fiscal 2016 under a major spending bill the House passed on Thursday.


For VA, the hits keep coming

​"it is simply incomprehensible to me that gross

mismanagement of this magnitude is 'business as usual' here in the VA."

​Louisiana Man Accused of “Unlawful Photography”

for Taking Aerial Photos of VA Hospital

​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.

House passes 6 bills aimed at helping veterans, cracking

down on VA employees with reprimands

​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.

VA medical care must be best, not worst

​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.

​​VA clinicians say bureaucratic

barriers hinder hiring spree​

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. 

​VA must hold all workers accountable

for misconduct, poor performance

​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. ​​​​

Canandaigua VA Medical Center

Director announces retirement

​The Canandaigua VA Medical Center Director, Craig Howard,

has announced that he will retire on May 31st. 

VA stops performing abdominal surgeries

​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.

Charleston Woman Complains Of Major Delay In Claiming VA Benefits

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."

Despite new evidence, VA still denies veteran benefits

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.

​Tomah VA announces 'action plan'

to improve morale, care

​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.

Santa Maria firm pays $1 million settlement in Veterans Affairs fraud case

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.

Rural Veterans In Need Of

Care Face Uncertainty, Isolation

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?

Retaliation against sex assault victims rampant

​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.

VA mismanagement, malpractice detailed in reports

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.

Veterans Resorting To Desperate Measures

In Hopes Of Receiving Health Benefits

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.

Veterans face rare health risks,

VA administrators told at forum

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.

23 U.S. Veterans Are About To Take The ISIS

Problem Into Their Own Hands In An Epic Way

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).

John Boehner: Obama VA has left veterans ‘to die’

“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

in Afghanistan That Nobody Needed

​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.

​​Gray v McDonald 042315 RH_13-3339

​​What is wrong with the VA?

​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. 

VA 100 percent disability ratings can be confusing

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.

Senate panel votes to end VA ban on medical marijuana

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.

C-123 veterans still waiting for VA health care

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.

What veterans really think about on Memorial Day

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.

Veterans Hospital Dubbed 'Biggest

Construction Failure' Gets $100 Million Bailout

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.

VA needs a new leader

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.

World War II vet who lost life savings to be repaid $34K

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.

​VA hospital project shutdown likely

​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.

Prosthetic Limbs, Controlled by Thought

​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.

Boehner: By the Way, the VA Is as Terrible as Ever

​“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.

10 Things You Need to Know about Mental Health

​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. 

VA women's services grow to care for increasing number of female vets

​As more women join the front line, the number of services is growing to help them succeed.


Vietnam veteran with cancer says VA won’t help him

​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”

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

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

Miller: VA yet to deliver on promises

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.

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.

Veterans with PTSD at higher risk for sleep apnea

Researchers found that 69 percent of veterans who were

evaluated for self-reported PTSD symptoms also were at high risk for sleep apnea.

VA Monitoring Narcotic Use​

​"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.

VA Whistleblower on Veteran Suicide: It's a Systemic Problem

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.