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On March 3, Veteran leaders from across the state attended an annual Veterans Summit at the VA Medical Center near Elsmere hosted by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and attended by representatives of Delaware’s federal officials. The keynote presenter was U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin.

VA Hosts Annual Brain Trust Event in Boston

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Brain Injury


Designed to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry as well as national professional sports organizations around the issue of brain health, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting its second annual Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion summit, which kicked off today at Harvard University.

House of Lies: Agent Orange and the Government’s Policy of Cover-up

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has an image problem. Recently the VA has been vilified because its backlog of cases has grown to mindboggling levels. By July 2013, more than 600,000 veterans had been waiting more than 125 days, some of them for more than two years, to get the help they needed. And while it’s no news flash that bureaucratic gears grind slowly (a problem, in this case, exacerbated by long-outdated computer processing systems), Peter Sills says there’s a lesser-known reason for the backlog: decades’ worth of government refusal to do the right thing.

VA Announces Contract Award for Program for a Faster Care Mobile App for Veterans to Schedule Medical Appointments

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a contract for a commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system through a mobile application, or app, that will help improve access to care for Veterans.

“You’re Fired” bill scapegoats frontline VA workers and politicizes career civil service, union says

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Notice of Termination


A Senate bill that would allow VA managers to fire rank-and-file workers based on scant evidence of wrongdoing and with little ability to appeal is a dangerous step toward politicizing the federal government’s career civil service, the head of the largest government employee union testified today.

POW/MIA UPDATE: May 17, 2017

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AMERICANS RECENTLY ACCOUNTED FOR: On March 28th, DPAA statistics listed three Marines as recently accounted for: Capt John A. House of NY, Cpl Glyn L. Runnels, Jr., of AL, and LCpl John D. Killen, II, of IA. All were listed KIA/BNR on June 30, 1967, South Vietnam. Their remains were recovered in June, 2012, and identification was authorized on December 22, 2015. On March 7th, DPAA released an announcement that Capt Daniel W. Thomas, USAFR, listed MIA July 6, 1971, South Vietnam, had been accounted for. Remains were recovered by a Vietnamese Unilateral Recovery Team (URT) in August, 2014, and identified in August, 2015, as those of Maj Donald G. Carr, USA, the other person in the OV-10A piloted by Capt Thomas. Later recovery efforts by the URT and repatriation of additional remains and material in April, 2016, brought the more recent ID of Capt Thomas. DPAA also listed on its website the accounting for Col William E. Campbell, USAF, listed MIA in Laos January 29, 1969, remains recovered April 17, 2014, and identified August 29, 2016. On February 22nd, DPAA announced the ID of Capt Robert R. Barnett, USAF, listed KIA/BNR on April 7, 1966, while piloting a B-57B over Laos. His remains were recovered June 18, 2015, and identified August 16, 2016. Earlier this year, 1st Lt William C. Ryan, USMCR, was the first person since June of 2016 announced as accounted for from the Vietnam War. He was listed KIA/BNR in Laos on May 11, 1969, remains recovered January 27, 2016, and identified December 7, 2016.

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Revealing VA Ordered a Nationwide “Mass Purge” of Veterans MRI Imaging Orders

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VA whistleblower memos allege that “requests for MRIs were being cancelled dating from the year 2000”

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that in March 2014 it obtained internal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documents revealing that on November 25, 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was informed that top VA officials had ordered a nationwide purge of “all outstanding [MRI] imaging orders for studies older than 6 months.” Seven days later, on December 2, 2009, the OIG closed its investigation without taking further action.

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