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VA Evades Accountability During Congressional Hearing On Disability Exams

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs called in VA to explain the agency's failure to manage its contractor exam program for disability compensation claims....

Official Responsible For GI Bill Boondoggle Removed Before Hearing

VA made internal moves to relocate the official in charge of the GI Bill program five business days before a congressional hearing on payment...

Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Doubles Down On Dog Experiments

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie recently doubled down on his department’s dog experiments despite pressure from President Trump and Congress to shut it down. In...

Veterans Affairs Pays $2.5 Million For Death In Colitis Case Of...

Veterans Affairs agreed to pay $2.5 million for one veteran’s death that likely resulted from the agency's failure to diagnose blood poising after treating...

Chairman Roe: Forever GI Bill Glitch Becomes ‘A Train Wreck’

A series of IT glitches for GI Bill payments has created a financial catastrophe for many tens of thousands of veterans relying on the...

Secretary Admits Trump Request To Cut ‘Fat’ From VA Budget, 5...

Last week, Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a speech that he was forming a plan to meet budget cuts at the direction of President...

Veterans Affairs Signs $260 Mil Deal For Salesforce Software Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs just signed a $260 million deal with Acumen Solutions to provide Salesforce software for the next five years. “We are...

VA Basically Gives The Finger To Union, Ends ‘Official Time’

VA finally gave the finger to the federal unions working within its walls breaching its 2011 contract by revoking “official time” for certain health...

Former Employee In VA Fiduciary Stole $680,000 From Elderly Veteran

Former employee in VA Fiduciary Kenneth Devore was convicted Monday for many frauds including stealing $680,000 from an elderly veteran. Devore, also known as Kenneth...

6 Years: VA Reconsiders Kidney Transplant Denial Of Native American Veteran

VA will now reconsider is six-year denial of a kidney transplant for a Native American Marines veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune. Frank Sherman,...

Veteran Calls Out MSNBC For Blocking Handicapped Spots At Polling Place

One disabled veteran confronted an MSNBC news crew after multiple requests that the crew stop blocking handicapped parking outside a polling place in Houston. “They...

VA Death Panel Denies Lung Transplant To Veteran, ‘Too Old’

One veteran is fighting for his life after a VA death panel denied him a lung transplant saying he is three years too old...

Veterans Affairs Moves Forward With Abusive Dog Experiments

The Department of Veterans Affairs is again moving forward with its dog experiments aimed at supporting many of its large corporate partners despite pressure...

Off-Topic Comments And Our Comment Policy On DisabledVeterans.org

Any website today must focus on search engine optimization, which includes appropriate moderation of reader comments and deletion of off-topic comments. Our policy here on...

DOJ: Voc Rehab Counselor Guilty, Took Bribes From For-Profit Schools

A former Voc Rehab Counselor pled guilty this week to demanding and receiving bribes to steer veterans to certain for-profit schools for vocational training. Former...

Disgruntled Veteran Pleads Guilty For Threatening To Bomb VA Facility

A disgruntled veteran from Jackson, Mississippi pled guilty this week for threatening to bomb the Jackson VA Regional Office. The veteran, Undrey L. Jones, was...

Fiduciary Fraud: Duo Allegedly Embezzled $316,360 From Disabled Veteran

The DOJ just announced charges for fiduciary fraud against a couple for stealing $316,360 in disability benefits pay from a disabled veteran sick with...

NeuroFlow: VA Pilot Program Integrates Mental Health Records For Primary Care

VA is running a pilot program with NeuroFlow as part of the Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant to treat the “whole person”...

DOD To Audit Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Due To SBA Changes

DOD recently announced it will audit registered contractors that are Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) for set-aside and sole-source contracts. The audit comes six years...

President Trump Signs New Bill For Opioid Replacement Research

This week, President Donald Trump signed a new bill to increase support and research to address overprescription of opioids. Called the SUPPORT for Patient and...

Former VA Psychiatrist Convicted For Witness Tampering, Patient Sex

One former VA psychiatrist was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for maintaining a sexual relationship with a patient and tampering a witness. From 2013 to...

Call Wait Times Down 75 Percent For VA Debt Management Center

The VA Debt Management Center just announced it reduced call wait times by over 75 percent while also increasing calls taken by 40 percent...

WaPo: White House Politicized Selection Of Veterans Law Judges

Washington Post and a host of other media publishers allege the White House politicized the selection process of Veterans Law Judges when it rejected...

Trump Approval Of New Veterans Law Judges Appears Almost Nowhere

Department of Veterans Affairs has done very little to promote advancements at the Board of Veterans Appeals including hiring Veterans Law Judges. So, I...

VA Loophole Still An Issue For Non-VA Emergency Room Care

This election cycle, members of Congress are running on the promise of VA fixes without addressing commonly known loopholes like VA's failure to cover...

Veterans Affairs Targets ‘Pension Poachers’ With New Regulations

New regulations just went into effect for administering VA Pension benefits that also aims to protect veterans against “pension poachers.” Pension poachers are commonly known...

Majority VA Employees Now Believe Leadership Is Honest

A new survey of VA employees now shows a majority of VA employees believe their leaders are honest, increasing from 46 percent to 54...

Atlanta VA Shuffles Staff After Hospital Downgrade To Among Worst

The Atlanta VA Medical Center just shuffled around a large portion of its leadership team after the facility was downgraded to among the worst...

FREE: New Guide Helps Companies Hire And Retain Disabled Veterans

The veterans’ organization Disabled American Veterans (DAV) just published a guide to dispelling myths about disabled veteran hiring and retention for American employers. In part...

VBA Creates Epic Backlog Of Forever GI Bill Claims After Disbanding...

VBA may have lauded its decision to disband the Office of Economic Opportunity, formerly led by Deputy Under Secretary Curtis Coy, until it created a...

Headed To Washington DC For NOVA Conference

Well, it is about that time of year for the bi-annual NOVA conference to educate veterans benefits lawyers about the newest tricks and schemes...

Who Was Behind TBI Misdiagnosis Scandal?

Kare 11 reporter AJ Lagoe highlighted the identities of two senior VA officials in charge of the systems responsible for screwing up TBI exams...

This £4000 Documentary Hits Back On Britain’s Offshore Banking Secrets

Veterans wondering how our resources are used to bolster certain offshore banking systems should look into Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire. I watched this a...

Is Your DNA Sequence Safe? Removing PII Is Not Enough

Despite promises from VA, our DNA sequences are no longer safe even if the agency removes your PII from health records used by private...

Pro-Marijuana Bill Passes Hurdle In Congress To Bypass DOJ Roadblocks

A pro-marijuana bill just passed through the House Judiciary Committee in an important step that could, if passed, give Congress control over medical marijuana...

Leaked Report, Google Censorship Of Americans Under European Model

Breitbart News just published a leaked Google briefing showing Google knows and approves of its own role in pushing European-style censorship onto Americans. The Google...

GAO Audit Finds Gaps In Disability Claims Processing Queue

A recent GAO audit found numerous gaps in the new National Work Queue system rolled out by VA to address inefficiencies at certain regional...

VA OIG: Most Leases At West Los Angeles VA Campus Illegal

IG just confirmed what everyone else already knew, that local West LA VA management thinks their obligations to homeless veterans are a complete joke. Despite...

IT Glitch Causes GI Bill Subsistence Payment Errors

Robert Wilkie apologized last week for a computer glitch resulting in many veterans not receiving their monthly GI Bill subsistence payments. The computer glitch resulted...

Cerner Picks 24 Companies To Help Convert VA From VistA In...

Cerner has pulled together a cadre of 24 health and tech companies to help it convert the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health records...

Contractor MiMedx Avoided Selling Veterans Affairs Cheaper Products

MiMedx, the company that sells human fetal byproducts to hospitals, intentionally kept cheaper products off the product offerings for the Department of Veterans Affairs...

Facebook Censors Conservative Disabled Veterans News Website

Facebook has continued its censorship of veterans news and issues from conservative voices, even those voices critical of President Donald Trump's policies related to...

Wall Street Journal: Peter O’Rourke Soon To Eject From Veterans Affairs

Peter O’Rourke, the former Trump-campaign staffer who became the acting VA secretary after ousting David Shulkin is set to leave the agency as soon...

Minneapolis VA Failed To Prevent Parking Lot Suicide Of Patient

Reports are now surfacing of another veteran suicide in a health center parking lot immediately after discharge following observation about suicidal ideations. For the past...

Drug Company Settles Qui Tam For Over $600 Million Over Cancer...

The Department of Justice just settlement a massive qui tam lawsuit against one cancer drug company repackaged oncology drugs that were non-sterile and contaminated...

Cancellation Of 250k VA Radiology Orders Raises Questions

VA is engaged in a massive purge of its radiology backlist resulting in mass cancellation of hundreds of thousands of radiology orders leaving some...

VA, DOD Not Sure Who Is In Charge Of Cerner EHR...

Congress is concerned after a meeting a couple weeks ago where VA and DOD admitted they still do not have a governance structure in...

The Guy Only Got One Year: Curb-Stomping VA Cop Let Off...

A former police officer at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis will serve a year in prison for shoving a patient...

Justice For Veterans? New Bill Impacts Veterans In The Court System

VA announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists, now that President Trump has signed the Veterans...

For-Profit Colleges Are Taking Too Much From Our Veterans

Hundreds of thousands of veterans attend institutions of higher education with help from the GI Bill. These are benefits that veterans rightfully earn by...

Parish The Thought: Louisiana Home Clinic Under Scrutiny

The VA Home-Based Primary Care Clinic in Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana is under federal investigation for allegations of patient neglect, fraudulent billing, falsification...

Nobody Panic, But VA Just Bought Up $2 Million Worth Of...

With rumors of an impending government shutdown swirling, VA suddenly hauled off and bought a sweet stash of riot gear. They bought the gear...

Aurora VA Paid $769k To Drive Employees 176 Yards

Since I am in Denver investigating fraud, waste, and abuse this week, I wanted to give readers additional insight into the outlandish waste VA...

Woo-Hoo Denver – A Week Of Investigating Fraud, Waste, And Abuse

I just landed in Denver and plan to spend a fair amount of time here investigating fraud, waste, and abuse this week including working...

Three VA Employees In Denver Accused Of Fraud

Three people have been arrested on charges of trying to steer U.S. government contracts toward particular companies in exchange for either bribes or fraudulent...

Congrats To Will Streitberger, Big Changes To VA VR&E On Horizon

I wrote this yesterday right after getting off the phone with the newly confirmed director of VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program Will Streitberger....

MiMedx Big Trouble: Five Minneapolis VA Doctors Fired Over Ethics Violations

You may recall that we covered a company named MiMedx earlier. They are notorious for extolling the benefits of human placenta as a virtual...

Beware Of Free Care: Veteran Pilots Targeted In Dragnet Of VA...

When it comes to free mental health care, you apparently get what you pay for in quality and in the privacy of your VA...

Trump’s Chairman Of Board Of Veterans Appeals Increases Decisions By 25...

VA announced yesterday that its Board of Veterans Appeals decided 25 percent more claims smashing numbers from the previous year by 28,000 more claims....

VA Will Not Shut Down If Government Shuts Down, VA Gets...

Talks of a government shutdown are circulating again pending votes from Congress to fund the federal government for the next year. In years past, veterans...