In 2014, the public learned from whistleblowers that government employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, kept “secret waiting lists” to hide long waits for care at their facilities.
Military Update: VA Secretary David Shulkin made two surprise announcements Wednesday before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that should relieve some financial stress for more than 600,000 Veterans.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. today commends the U.S. Congress for passing the “VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act,” which will heighten accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); and ease restrictions that have protected VA employees exhibiting or condoning underperformance, negligence and/or criminal behaviors:
President Trump calls Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin his "100-to-nothing man" because Shulkin was confirmed by the Senate 100-0. That unanimity is turning out to be a red flag. Shulkin is not delivering 100 percent for Vets. He told Congress last week that he plans to end the Veterans Choice Program, a setback for Vets stuck on waitlists for medical care. Shulkin, the only Obama administration holdover named to Trump's cabinet, is capitulating to the public employee unions and their Democratic lackeys in Congress who oppose allowing Vets to leave the VA and get treated by a civilian doctor on Uncle Sam's tab.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announces that Arthur J. Jackson, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away Wednesday evening, June 14, 2017, in Boise, Idaho at the age of 92.
WASHINGTON — White House officials this week backed away from one controversial Veterans benefits cut but are sticking with a similar plan to trim other payouts to help balance the budget.
The GI Bill is among the best known government programs of all time. Now it might be getting a tweak. U.S. Reps. Ted Yoho (R-Gainesville) and Brad Schneider (D-Illinois) have teamed to introduce the GI Internship Program Act, which adds an internship option for post-9/11 veterans who wish to take advantage of the popular GI Bill in a slightly different way. “It’s just a common sense approach,” Yoho said during an interview. “It just gives them (eligible veterans) greater flexibility.” The benefit can be used at colleges, universities, trade schools, as well as for on-the-job training, apprenticeships and flight schools. Benefits can be used to help cover tuition, fees, housing and books. Tutorial assistance, licensing and certification tests also are covered expenses.
WASHINGTON — As promised, Senate lawmakers on Tuesday passed new accountability rules for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the hopes of putting the legislation on the president’s desk by the end of June.
Despite recent gains in the fight to end Veteran homelessness, a sharp rise in the numbers living on the streets of Southern California has prompted Veterans and advocates to call for more action and to question whether the problems at the root of the crisis are being adequately confronted.
A week after officials disclosed a 57% rise in Los Angeles’ Veteran homelessness, advocates say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying housing development on its West Los Angeles campus.