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Congress Gets Plan to Replace VA ‘Choice’ with ‘CARE’ Plan

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Military Update: The nation’s largest Veteran groups joined key senators Wednesday to endorse conditionally a plan from VA Secretary (Dr.) David J. Shulkin to replace the unpopular 2014 VA Choice program, which critics contend often has failed to provide timely access to private sector care when VA healthcare isn’t readily available.

Trump urges House of Representatives to pass Veterans Affairs Accountability legislation quickly

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"We're going to pass that, it will go right to the president and get his signature", McCarthy told reporters. Jon Tester, and Georgia Sen. "I hope it's worth the wait". The act will now be presented in the House of Representatives for its approval before it can make it to the president's desk.

Senate Set To Vote On Department Of Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

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The U.S. Senate did something today that it hasn't done much of lately. It passed a bipartisan bill. It's the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. As the name suggests, the legislation aims to better protect staffers who bring wrongdoing to light, and it makes firing bad employees easier and faster. As NPR's Geoff Bennett reports, the bill is the latest effort by lawmakers to transform the culture of the VA.

Senator Grassley Says U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Intentionally Withheld Iowa Veteran Wait Times

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Senator Chuck Grassley isn't satisfied with the explanation he received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after he says a whistle-blower gave him information showing thousands of Iowa's Veterans are waiting months before getting care.

Judicial Watch Sues Veterans Affairs for Information on a Plan to House Homeless Vets

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Athletic fields for a private prep school and a dog park, but not Veterans

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to for information regarding an agreement to turn a VA campus in Los Angeles into permanent housing for homeless Veterans. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (No. 1:17-cv-00994)).

Veterans Affairs Official Downplays Agent Orange Risks, Questions Critics

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At a meeting in March, a lead analyst in the VA’s compensation service was critical of the media, scientists and the VA’s own administrative tribunal for taking positions that differ from his. The VA said his comments “did not fully or accurately reflect VA’s position” but also said his quotes were being taken out of context.

'We Need Private Sector Help': VA Secretary Gives 'Candid Assessment' of Agency in Rare White House Presser

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin addressed members of the press Wednesday in a rare White House briefing for the scandal-plagued agency. The best way to fix the poor conditions of the VA clinics and lack of accountability for awful employees, is to be as transparent as possible, the secretary noted.

Shulkin stresses 'lot of work to do' to fix beleaguered VA

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin warned Wednesday that the VA is "still in critical condition" despite efforts that predate his tenure to reduce wait times for medical appointments and expand opportunities to seek care in the private sector.

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