What's your VA up to today?
when you travel in search of a job.
Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be
eligible for a broad range of
programs and services
provided by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
A general list of other Federal agencies that
offer benefit programs and resources for
Service members, Veterans, and their families.
Veterans Legal Help Navigator
Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. This online tool helps veterans' caseworkers and advocates across the country find the right fit legal help for veterans.
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General
Administrative Investigation VA Secretary and Delegation Travel to Europe
Administrative Investigation VA Secretary and Delegation Travel to Europe
VA’s Chief of Staff Made False Representations to a VA Ethics Official and Altered an Official Record
Secretary Shulkin Improperly Accepted Wimbledon Tickets
Secretary Shulkin Directed the Misuse of a Subordinate’s Official Time
Inadequate Documentation to Assess the Accuracy and Appropriateness of the Costs of the Trip
Misleading Statements to the Media
Jim Strickland is a nationally known advocate for veterans and a member of the
Stateside Legal Advisory Board.
Send Your Documents,
Forms & Evidence here...
Use Certified Mail!!!
Education and Training
Regional Processing Offices
VA has three RPOs that handle GI Bill claims.
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection
Temporary Total Disability Rating
38 U.S.C. 1151
Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing
Special Home Adaptation
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Change of Address
Since 2005 This Is The Site VA Reads
When They Want To Learn What They've Been Doing
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Critical Deficiencies at the Washington DC VA Medical Center
In summary, the OIG found that the Medical Center has for many years suffered a series of
systemic and programmatic failures that made it challenging for healthcare providers to
consistently deliver timely and quality patient care. These breakdowns also heightened
the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of government resources. Since 2013, there
were reports and documentation of many of these problems that leaders at the Medical
Center and its oversight entities, including the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 5 and
the VHA, failed to adequately address. Despite the many warnings and ongoing indicators of
serious problems, leaders failed to engage in meaningful interventions or effective remediation.
Dear Secretary Shulkin,
It's over. You've given it your best shot, it's time to throw in the towel. I tell you this only in hopes that you'll save yourself further humiliation. You've been duped. As the last man standing of the hated Obama administration, you were set up just for this occasion. The VA continues a downhill slide, you're going to take the fall. If you were successful, all the credit would have gone to the wise choice made in keeping you around but nobody thought that could happen. They were right.
You seem a nice guy. I imagine you're a very good doctor and if I were grievously ill, I'd be happy to see you walk in to care for me.
I spent my career in health care working side by side with physicians just like you, diagnosticians, surgeons, researchers, administrators...the list goes on. Most were driven, brilliant people who lived their work. Once they left their comfort zone...usually roaming the halls of some hospital 7 days a week...they were lost. They couldn't buy groceries, they had never shopped in a Walmart. They were insulated from a lot of the rough and tumble that others see as their life.
Leaving your extraordinarily successful career in medicine and (civilian) hospital management behind for the VHA may have seemed a good idea at the time. It wasn't. If others had won the election, blah blah blah, but they didn't and you made the grievous error of hanging in with the hope you could succeed once again.
You can't. The veterans I know recognize that you're done. The big Veterans Services Organizations are supporting you because anything else scares them to death. They've feathered their own nests for decades and it's time that era ended.
Your very best option is to preserve some of what little dignity you have left and get right back to doing what you do best...medicine. You have a rewarding future ahead of you either in the direct care or the research community. You'll be welcomed with open arms and among sympathetic colleagues once again.
The nightmare of working for the VA can be over, at long last.
We wish you the very best sir. Your tenacity and spirit and that will to succeed is noted.
Thank you for trying.
The VAWatchdog endorses the thought of Peter Hegseth assuming immediate control of our Department of Veterans Affairs.
/s/ Jim Strickland
This guide provides information on locating
military unit histories and individual service
records of discharged, retired, and deceased
military personnel. It also provides information
on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for
military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports.
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes.
There are additional benefits that you may be
eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for
a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.
These are known as derivatives.
The White House Veterans
Complaint Line is open
Many state and local organizations help
veterans and their families.
Here are some resources for mental
Want prompt private notice when
we update the VAWatchdog?
We recommend using
See what your representatives
in Congress say and do.
consolidates oversight of 23 hospitals
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced sweeping
plans Wednesday to reorganize the embattled agency from top to bottom, beginning with national headquarters essentially taking over and consolidating oversight of VA medical centers in 12 states.
What's the difference between a transgender soldier and the president of the United States?
The transgender solider has the balls to serve America in uniform.
Hearing Loss, Tinnitus & Secondary Mental Health Ratings
Dr. Brett Valette explains the connection
1-877-881-7618 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
The VAWatchdog Blog - A Compendium of Current Events & Op/Ed
In any other presidency,
our 'insufficiently accurate' secretary of Veterans Affairs would be gone
Deceiving an ethics official is a serious offense for a government employee. Can we agree on that?
Now imagine you're a Cabinet official leading an agency of a few hundred thousand employees. One day last spring, you decide to accept an invitation to a July conference in Europe. Your chief of staff alters a federal record so your wife can tag along at government expense. You tell a staffer with a six-figure salary to play personal travel concierge for your wife. (The staffer later emails a colleague: "Boss told me 'if she's happy, I'm happy and you're happy.'") On the trip, your entourage idles as you devote much of your time to leisure. The whole thing costs taxpayers more than $122,000.
What is going on at the VA?
A window onto the Trump administration’s special brand of chaos
DAVID SHULKIN, the secretary of veterans’ affairs, did a dim-witted thing when he took a leisurely trip to Europe in July 2017 at taxpayers’ expense. The government paid his wife’s travel costs while the pair toured Westminster Abbey, cruised down the Thames, improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon and went shopping in Denmark. For this, Mr Shulkin has been appropriately excoriated by his department’s inspector-general in a report that was released on February 14th. In most administrations, such daft behaviour would be a sacking offence. In the Trump administration, where five cabinet members have faced investigations over travel expenses, it seems rather pedestrian.
for download through the NVLSP website,
Unless you're a veteran using VA health care...
Then maybe not so important since the test may be bogus?