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The slippery slope of health-care rationing, fueled by a gaping budget shortfall, is now an issue at the Veterans' Administration.
It has taken more than 40 years, but Connecticut veteran Conley Monk has won his battle to have his military discharge
status upgraded and can now receive federal benefits.
A hospital infested with roaches and rats is the latest in a series of problems for Veterans Affairs.
An email reveals dead rats and roaches turned up at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.
(It's the VA. You ain't seen nothin' yet!!!)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is still recovering
from the scandal which erupted in 2014
over manipulated waitlists.
When dead rats start falling from the
ceiling, that should be a sign.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands benefits eligibility for a select group of Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve
personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact
with contaminated C-123 aircraft used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).
For three years, more than $43 million the Department of Veterans Affairs had set
aside to inform veterans about their benefits sat in
an account, not a penny spent, until an agency financial manager happened to notice.
Federal funding to build a replacement for Omaha's aging
Department of Veterans Affairs hospital may be even
further away than expected, according to a consultant's report released Monday.
Oklahoma City VA hospital to temporarily close heart surgery program summary:
The VA hospital in Oklahoma City will stop heart procedures and surgeries starting July 1.
The Veterans Affairs Department is bracing to bust its budget this year, partly because it has underestimated the demand
for care in places like Las Vegas,
a House panel was told Thursday.
Garber told The Daily Advertiser , “I have never, ever claimed to be a military veteran.”But the website for his private legal practice with attorney C. Ray Murry recently stated: “Mr. Garber and Mr. Murry are military veterans.”
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.
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department is
facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall. VA officials are expected to testify in front of
Congress on Thursday and will make the case that more money is needed to solve the problem.
In the five weeks since an explosive memo from the top procurement official at
Veterans Affairs went public, the major contracting abuses the document alleged
are pervasive throughout the agency have angered veterans and members of Congress.
$279,000 a month. That's how much the VA is paying to lease its health care
clinic near the Wilmington airport. They are still paying that rent in full, even
though the building has been partially shut down for months due to internal water contamination.
Dead rats and roaches have been found at a Veteran Affairs hospital in Florida.
The infestation was found in the kitchen of the James A. Haley VA hospital in Tampa.
An internal email last week noted three large rats fell through the ceiling during
construction work. The kitchen area had a roach problem
so bad that some of the insects may have ended up on patients’ trays.
A new program designed to streamline access to health care for military
veterans is coming under fire as veterans
say they’ve been stymied by federal health care program.
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate
bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States
and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced a bill Thursday aimed at easing
other things, set up mental health residency programs in rural and underserved areas.
We did not substantiate the allegation that staff responsible for cleaning gastrointestinal endoscopes failed to perform required maintenance on reprocessing equipment by not replacing filters.
Despite working multiple hours per day in direct sunlight, U.S. military veterans
who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan reported
limited use of sun protection, found a new study from Vanderbilt University.
The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families
with final resting places and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.
Sen. Patty Murray on Monday visited Tacoma to announce a new bill that would
force the Department of Veterans Affairs to help former troops regardless of
whether they left the military with an honorable discharge.
Thor went to work as a bright light filled the blinds-covered window. Or maybe it was Xena.
The names of the two new germ-zapping robots have yet to be
stenciled on the front of the R2-D2-shaped gizmos whose job it is to kill invisible bugs.
In September 2014, the Office of Inspector General received an allegation that Logistics
Service at the East Orange VA Medical Center (VAMC)1 purchased excess medical
supplies resulting in mismanagement of government resources. The complainant
alleged that the Medical Supply Distribution Section (MSDS) was responsible for the
mismanagement. The complainant also alleged that a Logistics
Service employee was misusing official time by leaving early every Friday.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would extend earned benefits to
spouses and children of all veterans in all same-sex
marriages following the Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing the unions nationwide.
In January, the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center offered a job to a doctor who was being investigated for performing unnecessary heart procedures, after Raleigh General Hospital concealed details about the ousted physician’s troubled past, according to a revised lawsuit.
Homeless veteran found living in VA Medical Center in Lake Nona
Vet was living in unoccupied part of center
Officials at James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa are refuting claims
of an infestation of rodents around the cafeteria.
"There is no safety concerns," said Jana Boehmer, Chief Nutrition and Food Services.
Before Congress approves of a transfer of funds that the Veterans Affairs
department says is needed to hire staff to help with scheduling appointments
for veterans, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery,
wants to know what the VA is doing with its money.
He is not the Most Interesting Man in the World.
But with 42 years in uniform, 59-year-old Michael Jarnevic is likely the saltiest
sergeant major serving in the U.S. military. And when he retires July 8,
he'll likely be the last person in uniform whose
service record includes a tour during the Vietnam War.
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"The NPR story rightfully points out the sacrifices that Veterans and their families have
gone through during the years when they were sworn to secrecy. VA is prepared to assist
any Veteran or survivor who contacts us in determining their entitlement to benefits.
Additionally, if NPR is willing to share with us the list of 1,200 or so Veterans who they
have been able to identify as having been exposed, VA will attempt to contact them to ensure they are receiving all the benefits and services to which they are entitled under the law."
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pressing the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) to grant benefits to same-sex couples in the wake of a historic Supreme Court decision.
Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller, Republican of Florida, said at the agency's 2015 budget hearing on Thursday that he was frustrated that VA Secretary Robert McDonald did not mention the budget shortfall during previous recent hearings in which he testified.
Despite a tense hearing, a House oversight committee said it will give the Department of
Veterans Affairs more “flexibility,” to help ease a $2.5 billion budget
shortfall the agency said it is facing to treat millions of former troops.
Considering the Department of Veterans Affairs’ recent scandals,
you’d think VA top brass would show some humility.
Instead of cleaning up its act, the VA’s trying once again to
sabotage the Choice program, which was
supposed to allow vets to see a doctor outside the delay-plagued VA system.
It is sad that one week after Memorial Day, The New York Times saw fit to run an essay lamenting the cost of compensating veterans for their disabilities. As Jon Stewart
has said, if the government cannot fairly care for
and compensate our disabled veterans, maybe it should stop creating so many of them.
Question: A year after we lost Eric Shinseki, probably the best Department of Veterans Affairs secretary we’ve ever had, what’s been accomplished at the VA?
Answer: Not much.
Americans have no faith in socialized medicine, a system in which the federal government owns the hospitals, employs the doctors and nurses and pays the bills. Yet the
United States has a vast system of socialized medicine. Its name is the VA!
Seth Moulton had earned two medals in Iraq for his valor. He’d witnessed brutal combat in four tours with the Marines. But none of that mattered when he showed up at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Washington, D.C., where staff could not find records.
“We’ll consider taking you as a humanitarian case,” a hospital staffer told Moulton, unaware that the would-be hernia patient was also a newly elected Massachusetts congressman.
After all I had been through with him, I was now faced with another reality. Once you are divorced from a veteran, resources such as counseling go away. I even asked for help to tell him to leave the house but was told no, even though I worried for my safety. I was told their services were to provide a safe place for the veteran.
Improving veterans’ sleep (both quantity and quality) may reduce their risk of developing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to afirst-of-its-kind study by the RAND Corporation.
Help Us Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange
ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the ways children of Vietnam
veterans may be affected by a parent's exposure to Agent Orange.
We can take no chances with the health and well-being of our military veterans,
those who sacrificed to protect and defend the liberties
that we cherish, the core freedoms that make America what it is.
The mistreatment of a Kennewick veteran at a Veterans Administration hospital
in Seattle is one of several incidents around the country
that have spurred members of Congress to call for changes to VA care.
“I served in the United States Marine Corps,” were some of Jose Solorio’s final words,
recorded in a cell phone video, before he was able to get access to the care his family
believed he deserved and did not get since he was deported.
Solorio is a retired Camp Pendleton Marine.
When the scandal erupted last year over long wait lists at the Phoenix VA, Alaska
was found to have quite short wait times. The Alaska VA has for years
been buying care for veterans outside the VA, at community and
private-sector clinics, and especially through the Native health care system.
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.
A man who was supposed to shred documents from a Tampa veterans hospital but instead used them to steal veterans’ personal information is headed to federal prison.
Boondoggle HQ Inquiry Under Scrutiny
Several U.S. Senators and military lawyers say they are concerned by Col. Norm Allen’s attempts to thwart an investigation into why the U.S. Military built an unneeded luxury headquarters in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, a year after the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, there are few signs things are better at the overwhelmed agency. Shinseki resigned last May amid a scandal in which employees throughout the VA’s medical system conspired to hide months-long wait times that veterans faced when seeking care.
Gisela Miller is an Accredited Agent for VA Claims & Appeals.
She's also the spouse of a disabled veteran.
Gisela met her husband in her native Germany while he was
stationed there during his deployments to the Gulf War. She returned to America with him,taught herself the English language and became an accomplished paralegal
and an American citizen as she dueled with the VA to ensure her husband was awarded the benefits he earned. (He was.)
Once his benefits were secure, she embarked on a year long journey to becomea VA accredited agent and now represents veterans and their families in the VA appeals process.Gisela will be a frequent contributor to the VAWatchdogand is available to answer your questions about the VA claims and appealsprocess now. Contact
The Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs will be
accompanied by Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed
bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable
discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case
determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.
A group of whistle-blowers from Veterans Affairs facilities across the country is
calling for the replacement of interim VA Inspector General Richard Griffin,
arguing in a letter to President Obama that the VA's chief
watchdog is "unable to fulfill the responsibilities and duties" of the job.
The Veterans Affairs Department's top deputy is confident that his months of
accountability efforts are helping to clean up operations throughout the agency,
even if firings have been fewer than what most outsiders have wanted.
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