Today, VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced an extension of funding to organizations that applied for Fiscal Year 2018 grants under VA’s Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Program, but would be found ineligible due to new program guidelines.
A judge on Wednesday reversed the demotion of a top Veterans Affairs (VA) official who allegedly manipulated a program to pocket thousands in taxpayer dollars.
When President Trump came into office and decided to keep David Shulkin on as the head of the VA I had some misgivings about leaving an Obama holdover in such a critical spot. But he pleasantly surprised me by picking up the mission as defined by the new president and moving to clean things up at the VA. Rules were changed to make it easier to fire poor performers and Shulkin quickly got to work cleaning house. One item on the agenda wound up being the matter of Brian Hawkins, an executive at the VA’s D.C. medical center. He had allegedly been discovered sending sensitive information to private email accounts belonging to himself and his wife, along with “irregularities” in the ordering and handling of medical material. After an investigation, Shulkin moved to fire him for, “allegedly failing to exercise effective oversight, follow instructions, follow policy, and for lack of candor.”
VA Secretary David J. Shulkin will decide “on or before” Nov. 1 whether to add to the list of medical conditions the Department of Veteran Affairs presumes are associated to Agent Orange or other herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War, a department spokesman said Tuesday in response to our enquiry.
The Brockton Veterans Affairs Hospital has stepped up security measures but still cannot pinpoint the source of the fentanyl that caused the fatal overdose of a Marine on lockdown supervision there, according to U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch.
Military Update: VA Secretary David J. Shulkin will decide “on or before” Nov. 1 whether to add to the list of medical conditions the Department of Veteran Affairs presumes are associated to Agent Orange or other herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War, a department spokesman said Tuesday in response to our enquiry.
If you have recently received a favorable decision from the VA on your Agent Orange claim, you may think that the long fight with the VA is over. But before you decide whether or not to appeal the decision, you will want to be sure that the VA got both the disability rating and the effective date correct. Perhaps the most complicated issue when it comes to Agent Orange-related claims are the special effective date rules (found in 38 C.F.R. 3.816) that apply to some Veterans as a result of the Nehmer class action lawsuit. Note that the special Nehmer effective dates apply only to Veterans who served on the landmass of Vietnam or its inland waterways (hopefully soon to include Da Nang Harbor).
The VA process from start to finish can be a very long road. However, once benefits are granted with the proper effective date and rating there can still be more involved and it is important to understand proper VA procedures to be prepared. Unfortunately, the VA may believe a reduction ought to take place after a rating has been assigned to a service-connected disability. To prevent reductions from being implemented lightly, they are only permitted when the legal guidelines have been satisfied.
When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system.