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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Danziger: The War Profiteers, 2018

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]

March 30, 2018

GOP Senators Seek To Put Focus Back On VA Scandal

A group of Republican senators is trying to bring the VA scandal back to the spotlight.

January 29, 2015

In Search Of Indie Bookstores – Southern Edition

Must-visit indie bookstores in America’s south.

November 11, 2014

Pentagon Orders Changes For Deficient Military Health Care Facilities

Change is coming to health care for veterans.

October 2, 2014

Obama Signs $16.3 Billion VA Bill, Calls Mismanagement ‘Outrageous’

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a $16.3 billion measure Thursday intended to clear the backlog of U.S. military veterans seeking care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. The new law represents an unusually rapid response, and a rare increase in spending, from a Congress bitterly divided by […]

August 7, 2014

Congressional Leaders Make A Deal On Spending, Reform At Veterans Affairs

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on legislation to bolster health-care funding and reforms at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, salvaging a deal after talks imploded last week. The accord comes none too soon: Members of Congress plan to leave town at the end of […]

July 28, 2014

With U.S. Encouragement, VA Disability Claims Rise Sharply

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — As Malvin Espinosa prepared to retire from the Army in 2011, a Veterans Affairs counselor urged him to apply for disability pay. List all your medical problems, the counselor said. Espinosa, a mechanic at Fort Lee in Virginia, had never considered himself disabled. But he did […]

July 18, 2014

Obama Turning To Ex-Procter & Gamble Boss For Veterans Affairs Job

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — In nominating Bob McDonald as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, President Barack Obama is recruiting a West Point graduate with experience in running a big corporation — Procter & Gamble — to turn around a department whose failure to provide timely care to veterans has caused […]

June 30, 2014

VA Audit Tracks Mental Health Care

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Andrew Danecki, a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffers from sleep apnea that left him nodding off on the sofa and behind the wheel of his car. He said he waited eight months to get a sleep study performed at the Durham VA […]

June 18, 2014

Washington Promises To Fix VA But Overhaul Won’t Be Easy

By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki has been pushed out as the secretary of veterans affairs. The president vows changes. The Senate is moving with uncharacteristic speed toward a bipartisan response. But fixing the sprawling agency with an entrenched bureaucracy won’t be easy. It has a management culture marred by cronyism, […]

June 6, 2014

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal To Fix VA ‘Crisis’

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Senators on Thursday announced a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at improving veterans’ health care in response to reports of Veterans Affairs employees falsifying records to conceal long waits for medical appointments. Senators Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and […]

June 5, 2014

Veterans Group Pushes For ‘Marshall Plan’ To Address VA Member Issues

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — As the Senate prepares to take up reform legislation growing out of the VA health care scandal, a group representing Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans called Monday for a “Marshall Plan” for veterans and for the president to appoint a post-9/11 veteran or someone who understands the […]

June 2, 2014

VA’s Health Care System: Problems Undo Years Of Progress

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Wanted: A heath care system “uniquely positioned to lead the country in making … positive changes in the way health care is delivered.” It’s not likely that the Department of Veterans Affairs will be getting many takers on that anytime soon. But just four months ago, that […]

June 2, 2014

Will Congress Be As Brave As Shinseki?

WASHINGTON — If you want a prime example of what’s wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans’ health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired. Shinseki is a true patriot, and his resignation as Veterans […]

June 2, 2014

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

By Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki has resigned amid a health-care scandal that had engulfed the agency. Shinseki has been under fire over allegations that VA facilities manipulated records to hide long waits for medical care. The retired four-star general, whom President […]

May 30, 2014

Shinseki Apologizes For VA Mess

By Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki offered an apology and accepted responsibility for the VA mess Friday morning. “I can’t explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders in our healthcare facilities,” he said, speaking to a conference on homeless veterans. “This is something I […]

May 30, 2014

Shinseki Says VA Hospitals Will Extend Hours, Hold Personnel Accountable

By Richard Simon and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki called in leaders of veterans groups Thursday and pledged to keep VA hospitals open nights and weekends if necessary to set up speedy appointments for veterans whose long waits for medical care triggered a departmental crisis. As bipartisan pressure […]

May 30, 2014

Texas Sen. John Cornyn Asks Obama For FBI Probe Of VA

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times HOUSTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn wants the FBI to lead the widening investigation into alleged wrongdoing at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country. After meeting with about a dozen local veterans on Thursday, the senior Republican Texas senator sent a letter to the president asking him to send in […]

May 29, 2014

VA Investigation Turns Up Widespread Problems With Wait Times

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — An investigation of wait times for medical care at Veterans Affairs facilities has found “inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic” through the VA and “instances of manipulation of VA data that distort the legitimacy of reported waiting times,” prompting new calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. […]

May 28, 2014

Veterans Lash Out At GOP Senator’s Attempt To Politicize VA Scandal

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) picked an incredibly inopportune time to bungle his political attack against the Department of Veterans Affairs, when he lashed out at veterans organizations over Memorial Day weekend. In an “Open Letter to America’s Veterans,” Burr demonstrated a distinct lack of respect for military veterans, choosing not to thank them for their service, but rather […]

May 27, 2014

Lawmakers Call For Criminal Probe Of Veterans Affairs Facilities

By Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Justice Department should enter the investigation of whether Veterans Affairs employees have falsified records to cover up long waits at VA medical facilities, Democratic and Republican lawmakers said Sunday. “Only the Department of Justice and the FBI have the resources, the expertise and the authority to […]

May 26, 2014

VoteVets Chair Jon Soltz: Critics Demanding Shinseki Resignation Are ‘Hypocrites’

Jon Soltz is a co-founder and chairman of VoteVets, a political advocacy group with over 200,000 supporters that is the largest progressive organization of veterans in the United States – and has produced some of the most effective advertising in the last several election cycles. Soltz became a commissioned U.S. Army officer in 1999 after […]

May 26, 2014

Senate Panel Votes To Fund Nationwide Investigation Of Veterans’ Health Care

By Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As Congress stepped up efforts Thursday to get to the bottom of the allegations of substandard health-care services at Veterans Affairs facilities, a Senate committee approved funds for a nationwide investigation and a House panel authorized a subpoena to compel VA officials to appear at a hearing […]

May 23, 2014

Congress Boosts Funding As Investigation Of VA Widens

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Stepping up Congress’ efforts to root out misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, lawmakers Thursday moved to boost funding for a nationwide investigation into whether VA employees covered up long waits for medical care and authorize subpoenas of VA officials to produce records and appear at a […]

May 22, 2014

Obama ‘Madder Than Hell’ At Allegations Of Poor Care For Veterans

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times With pressure mounting over the Veterans Affairs scandal, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Barack Obama was “madder than hell” over allegations of inadequate medical care for veterans. Although McDonough voiced confidence in embattled VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s ability to resolve the matter, he […]

May 19, 2014