WASHINGTON – Employees at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington pleaded with the new VA secretary to take action as conditions at the facility have continued to deteriorate even after national leaders swept in more than a year ago, removed the hospital director and sent in patient-care experts to help.
The persistence of serious problems endangering America’s Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC has employees begging Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie for assistance.
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President Trump’s newly installed Veterans Affairs secretary, in his first interview since taking office earlier this week, sounded the alarm about the need to fix a critical program allowing Veterans to see local private doctors instead of driving long distances to a VA hospital.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun implementing new provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, better known as the "Forever GI Bill."
Robert Wilkie took the oath of office Monday to become the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs and take over a department riddled by poor morale among employees and political infighting at the top.
After 18 months of review by his department, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin awkwardly announced Wednesday that he plans to “further explore” adding ailments to the list of compensable conditions VA presumes were caused by exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War.
The agency has no problem attacking whistleblowers, but when it comes to the good ole boys club, the agency lets wrongdoers off with sweet retirement gigs in charge of a regional office near you.
Two things happened Friday that will greatly affect hiring, firing and the monitoring of union activities at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs celebrated the one-year anniversary of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, with a hearing on implementation of the law since its enactment.