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Veteran’s Affairs

Respecting Vets Means More Than Clapping

When those same soldiers we enthusiastically send to fight our wars return with physical or mental issues, we’d privately prefer that they stay out of view. Which renders us hypocrites.

November 24, 2015

A ‘Family Hero’ Of Vietnam War Will Be Remembered At Military Cemetery

On Memorial Day, Purdie will visit the grave of her son — whom most everyone called David — at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. It will be her 100th birthday.

May 25, 2015
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PFC Jared Hunter Forced To Make A Shameful Choice

Before Jared Hunter tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.

May 25, 2015

Senate Sends $16.3 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill To Obama

By Rebecca Bratek, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Nearly four months after Veterans Affairs employees were exposed for allegedly falsifying records to cover up long wait times for patients, the Senate on Thursday night overwhelmingly approved a $16.3 billion compromise bill to overhaul the department. The chamber’s 91-3 vote comes as Congress heads into a […]

August 1, 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

VA Fails To Acknowledge ‘Severity Of Problems,’ New Report Says

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — In another damning report on the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Monday assailed the VA for what investigators said was its unwillingness to acknowledge the “severity of systemic problems” that have put patients at risk. The special counsel, Carolyn N. Lerner, […]

June 23, 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

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

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

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

It’s Time To Show Our Veterans Some Love

“I want a love I can see. That’s the only kind that means a thing to me. Don’t want a love you have to tell me about. That kind of loving I can sure do without.” — The Temptations, 1963 A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become […]

May 26, 2014

In VA Scandal, Let’s Have Accountability For All — Including Congress

While Congress eagerly prepares its latest political stunt – a resolution to oust Gen. Eric Shinseki as Veterans Affairs Secretary – members might want to consider their own responsibility for the scandalous inadequacy of veterans’ health care. Unlike most of them, especially on the Republican side, Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the Bush […]

May 23, 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 To Speak After Meeting On Veterans Hospital Scandal

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama will speak at 10:45 am Wednesday after a meeting on a scandal over delays in medical treatment at U.S. military veterans’ hospitals, the White House said. Obama was to meet beforehand with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over the mounting controversy at the hospital system run by his department. […]

May 21, 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

VA Chief Eric Shinseki, ‘Mad As Hell’ Over Scandal, Is Grilled By Senators

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shineski said Thursday he’s “mad as hell” over allegations of wrongdoing at VA facilities, but his measured approach to fixing the problems did not appear to satisfy senators from both parties who grilled the retired Army general over excessive wait times linked to […]

May 15, 2014

Group Asks Obama To ‘Clean Up’ Veterans Affairs Department

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — With President Barack Obama in San Diego for a political fundraising event Thursday, a national veterans group called for him to “clean up” the Department of Veterans Affairs, mired in scandal over alleged lapses in medical care. “The president is here in San Diego,” said Paul Rieckhoff, […]

May 9, 2014

Veterans Demand Action To Address Suicide Spike In Their Ranks

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former Marine Corporal Tyler Tannahill left his home in Overland Park, Kansas, to spend this week lobbying lawmakers in Washington to honor four fellow Marines who served alongside him in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who took their own lives. Retired Navy Commander Jeff Hensley, a jet fighter pilot […]

March 27, 2014