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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...

Does Diana Rubens Deserve The Treatment? Andrew McCabe Treatment, That Is

Scheming Diana Rubens set her retirement for the end of this month, but that should not stop Donald Trump from firing her, say numerous...

Lawmakers Take Another Look At Taxpayer Funded Gender Reassignment At VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs allows treatment of transgender veterans before and after surgery, but the agency is not presently conducting the surgeries itself. But...

Home Sweet Home: Colorado Springs Voted Best Residential Area For Veterans

Once again, Colorado Springs pulls to the front of the pack in quality-of-life assessments. This time, the focus is on veterans and citizens’ pride...

Shulkin’s New Gig: Former VA Sec Hired On At Sanford Health

Former VA Secretary David Shulkin is in the news again, for a less controversial but still noteworthy reason: he has found new employment in...

Diana ‘Dirty D’ Rubens To Sell House For Profit After $288k...

President Donald Trump is allowing discredited Philadelphia RO director Diana Rubens (aka Dirty D) to retire at the end of this month rather than...

New IG Report On Traumatic Brain Injury Throws Thomas Murphy Under...

A new IG report about the traumatic brain injury scandal I first exposed in 2015 reveals Thomas Murphy, former acting VBA under secretary, failed...

Not Just A Street Drug Anymore: Legislators Demand Progress On Medical...

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has written a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie about medical marijuana and its potential to replace opioids for...

All Rise: Class-Action Lawsuits Against VA Are Now On The Table

Remember Monk v. Wilkie. This is a gamechanger. Based on this federal court decision, in which an eight-judge panel reexamined the fairness of VA precedent...

Lies And Slander: Albany VA Surgeon Found To Have Falsified Patient...

A surgeon practicing in Albany, New York’s Stratton VA Medical Center misrepresented the outcomes of cancer surgeries to at least three patients. The OIG...

Turn And Face The Strange: GI Bill Changes Are Late To...

VA was required by law to update the GI Bill for August 1, but they still have not completed the necessary tech updates to...

Veterans Choice Program Contractors Overpaid By $100 Million In Bulk Payments

An IG report released this week showed VA contractors administering the Veterans Choice Program were overpaid $100 million from March 2016 to March 2017. Bulk...

Operation Golden Flow: Sec VA Mandates Drug Screening For Stressed Employees

Stressed out employees referred to the Employee Assistance Program drug use were told they must sign an authorization for VA to access their medical...

New Legal Review For Disabled Veterans Alleging Agent Orange Exposure

Two pro bono legal groups have teamed up to fight for veterans seeking disability compensation for disabilities linked to Agent Orange exposure in a...

Fall 2018 – DisabledVeterans.org Internship For College Credit

Journalism & Content Writer Internship For Credit This is an unpaid internship for college credit that is for veterans using their GI Bill or Vocational...

Skin In The Game: VA Updates Rating Schedules For Skin Conditions

The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, also known as VASRD or simply “the rating schedule,” has undergone updates regarding evaluations for skin conditions. The...

Have A Memorable Labor Day From DisabledVeterans.org

From us at the publication DisabledVeterans.org, I want to wish you all a memorable Labor Day this September 2018. All the graphics I could find...

OneSource Benefits Expanded To Serve Recently Separated Veterans Longer

The Department of Defense has extended the eligibility period for the Military OneSource program. Formerly 180 days, the new timeframe for OneSource eligibility is...

AFGE Wins Again – VA Ordered To Rehire Employees Fired Without...

An arbitration decision this week will force VA to rehire AFGE union employees fired from employment where the agency ignored its obligation to use...

Former Lockheed Counterintelligence Attorney Jim Byrne Now Acting Deputy Secretary

VA general counsel Jim Byrne, the lead counterintelligence attorney hired from Lockheed Martin, was just named acting deputy secretary of the agency. Byrne was selected...

Is VA Vocational Rehabilitation About To Improve? VA To Add Nearly...

The Department of Veterans Affairs finally increased the headcount of its little known VA Vocational Rehabilitation program by hiring 20 percent more counselors. “The VR&E...

Court: Trump Accountability Executive Order Largely Unconstitutional

AFGE heralded Friday’s decision by a judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia who ruled parts of President Donald Trump’s...

VA Interim CHIO Pulls A Trump, Tweets Resignation From Cerner Project

The interim CHIO Genevieve Morris resigned from her post after just one month leading VA in its project to transition from VA’s open course...

Tinnitus Anyone? 3M Covered Up Its Defective Military Earplugs Since 2000

In a settlement worth a paltry $9.1 million, 3M agreed to pay the government after being caught covering up its defective earplugs called dual-ended...

Effective Date Fiasco – Intent To File Claims Rob $72 Million...

Here is another leftover from Thomas Murphy's policies over the past couple years - the agency repeatedly failed to assign correct effective dates costing...

Bad Moon Rising – Louisiana Navy Veteran Sues Regional VA Director

Navy veteran George Jackson, 76, has filed suit against the regional director of Louisiana’s VA for violation of his constitutional and statutory rights under...

Krause Fights For Veterans Employed As Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

I am pleased to let you all know I recently opened up a new practice area for my law firm to veterans employed as...

Winds Of Change? St. Cloud VA Prepares To Tear Down Its...

The VA Medical Center of St. Cloud, Minnesota was once proud to have installed the first wind turbine of any VA location. They have...

Veterans Affairs Errors In 49 Percent Of Military Sexual Trauma Claims

A new report from VA OIG shows the Department of Veterans Affairs scheming against military sexual trauma survivors out of benefits, as if the...

IG Rips Veterans Affairs Over Caregiver Program Mismanagement

The agency charged with provided services to caregivers of America’s war heroes was ripped last week over multiple failures. Wish I could say I...

Access Denied: New Credit Card Sized Health Records System Opposed By...

A bipartisan bill that could enable VA patients to easily access and share their health data with relevant providers is under fire by VA....

“Crickets” From The VA: New Hampshire Home Healthcare Folds Citing Lack...

The New Hampshire healthcare business Right At Home was contracted by the VA almost a decade ago to help serve veterans in the Londonderry,...

Wish I Was In Dixie… Hooray? Mississippi Outpatient Clinics Deficient “Environments...

According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Mississippi’s satellite outpatient clinics of the Jackson VA Medical Center need a few “corrective measures.”...

“We Don’t Have Those On The Reservation”: VA Racism Threatens Veteran’s...

Frank Sherman, a Marine Corps veteran from Minnesota, needs a kidney transplant badly, but VA refuses to place him on the transplant list. When...

Blue Water Veterans Stalled? VA Vehemently Opposes New Legislation

Paul Lawrence, Undersecretary for VA Benefits, recently unleashed a blistering attack against the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (HR 229), which would extend...

Legion Splits With VFW Over GI Bill Cuts, Transfer Rules Will...

Two of the largest veterans organizations are split over GI Bill cuts; VFW does not oppose cuts impacting transferability while the Legion is 100...

Getting Fired? VA Secretary Wilkie Demotes O’Rourke, Revokes Years Of Agency...

One of the first acts of the newly minted VA Secretary was to revoke almost ten years of delegations of authority performed by various...

DEFCON 1 At The DC VA: Washington DC Medical Center Putting...

Over a year ago, the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC, did so poorly in inspections that the federal government declared a state of...

Not Another VA Hotline: Trump Campaign Promise To Help Vets Derailed

You might recall that, during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, he promised a “private White House hotline” to answer concerns. “I’ll pick up the phone...

Here We Go – Congress Demands Investigation Into Marvel Comics CEO...

Democrats in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs are now demanding an investigation into improper influence by Trump Mar-a-Lago insiders including Marvel Comic CEO...

Hot Off The Press! VA Keeping Blood Bank Too Warm Since...

A FOIA investigation revealed the Washington DC VA Medical Center has consistently failed to keep its blood bank consistently cool since 2004. Channel 4 NBC...

Is VA Really Run By Mar-a-Lago Trump Cronies?

ProPublica published its piece about the Mar-a-Lago trio, including Marvel Comics Ike Perlmutter, who are believed to be the shadow leaders running the agency. Once...

Former VA Contractor Official Took Over $2.5 Million In Kickbacks

The former project manager of a VA contractor with for over $200 million in performed contracts with the government including Veterans Affairs pled guilty...

AMNESIA: IT Updates For GI Bill System To Cost $70 Million

The web spun by the Department of Veterans Affairs to justify another $70 million in IT funding for GI Bill systems updates fell on...

The Opposite Of Your Job: Former VA Employee Defrauds Disabled Veteran...

Kenneth Richard Devore was appointed as a Tennessee VA Field Examiner with the Fiduciary Program in 2013. He was responsible for protecting veterans’ financial...

Take It To Heart: VA Cardiologist Gets 20 Months In The...

A Somerset, New Jersey man, Dr. Apostolos Voudouris, age 44, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on July 31st for fraudulent billing schemes...

The Doctors Are In… Or Are They? Why VA Cannot Hire...

If you have been to VA for a checkup, surgery, or really any medical concern in your life, you have probably suspected that there...

At Least $10 Million In Taxpayer Funds Blown On Unnecessary Disability...

Of the 53,500 disability exams conducted by the VA from March to August of 2017, at least 19,800 were deemed unnecessary. That has cost...

More Veterans May Get Dental Care If Bernie Sanders Legislation Passes

Legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would expand dental care to all veterans eligible for VA health care. Under Bernie Sander’s legislation, VA would...

VA To Contract New Website To Do What Old Website Was...

The Department of Veterans Affairs is now seeking contractors to create a replacement website for all its different websites – vets.gov, myhealth.va.gov, ebenefits.va.gov, etc...

Lisa Rein v Curt Cashour: VA Swipes At WaPo, Blows Off...

In a possible nose-thumbing, VA Public Affairs was surprisingly silent on new secretary Robert Wilkie’s swearing-in; spending all of two seconds retweeting with no...

Executive Order Cuts 75 Percent Of Union Activities During Work Hours

Executive Order 13837 “Ensuring Transparency, Accountability and Efficiency in Taxpayer-Funded Union Time Use” is apparently intended to “ensure that taxpayer-funded union time is used...

New Talent On Tap? Jake Leinenkugel To Lead VA Mental Health...

In a bizarre and surreal turn of events, President Donald Trump has selected beer mogul Thomas “Jake” Leinenkugel to lead an important commission regarding...

Coup Insider Curt Cashour Out As VA Press Secretary Say Sources

The ousting of one of the Shulkin coup insiders is underway. According to those familiar with the situation, VA press secretary Curt Cashour is reportedly...