Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin promises to turn VA into the department Veterans 'deserve' and can take pride in
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday detailed a wide array of problems plaguing his department — but vowed to "turn the VA into the organization Veterans and families deserve, and one that Americans can take pride in."
The road to reforming Veterans Affairs is not paved with money but with legislation and better management, Secretary David Shulkin told reporters, listing issues such as failure to fire bad employees to addressing alarming suicide rates among Veterans.
President Donald Trump’s budget released Tuesday proposes cutting monthly stipends to some disabled, unemployed Veterans and reducing Veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments as offsets to continue a program that allows Veterans to seek care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A notoriously corrupt Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) manager fired in the first day of President Donald Trump’s presidency — to rousing acclaim from Veterans who heralded it as a sign of lasting reform — has been returned to work by VA officials after he filed a civil-service protections appeal.
The toxic water crisis at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that left 750,000 Marines, sailors, spouses and their families exposed to contaminated drinking water between the 1950s and the 1980s may face a renewed investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Registered nurse Valerie Riviello has worked 28 years at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, most recently in the psychiatric unit. She teaches at two local nursing schools, and has received many honors for patient care and safety, including the Florence Nightingale Award. Last fall, Riviello challenged the treatment of a female Veteran strapped to her bed for hours on end, in violation of VA rules. As a result, she was stripped of her nursing duties. Now she’s one of 37 whistleblowers nationwide whose allegations of retaliation are under investigation by the US Office of Special Counsel. Riviello told her story to The Post’s Susan Edelman.
We always knew that the VA scandal was going to take a long time to clean up (assuming that’s even possible) but precisely how long should the public be willing to wait? While wait times have decreased overall (significantly in some cases) and we’re seeing a bit more transparency, other problems remain pervasive. One of these is the issue of drug theft at VA hospitals. The Inspector General’s office has found that in roughly the past six months, a spiraling number of investigations have been opened into cases of prescription drugs, particularly opioids, going “missing” from VA facilities. (Special report exclusively from the Associated Press)
National Commander Charles E. Schmidt of The American Legion expressed extreme disappointment in the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Air Force Veteran Christopher Bramblett has an appreciation for national parks and public lands that goes back to his youth. Members of his family were large National Park and public land supporters so he grew up hiking, camping, and spending time in the outdoors. Bramblett, resident of Ocean Springs, Miss., said his mom was also a seasonal park ranger and a Veteran (Air Force) as was his grandfather (WWII, Army), so in keeping with family tradition, he joined the armed forces.
Twenty-eight-year-old Katie Hudgin said she sometimes walks over to her favorite horse, Diesel, and buries her face in his neck.