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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...

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...