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Veterans Twice As Likely To Commit Suicide Says New VA Study...

A new Veterans Affairs report with updated statistics on veteran suicide shows veteran suicide numbers are significantly higher than non-veterans and not going down...

AFGE Pushes Accountability Act Repeal Citing ‘Nefarious Use’

AFGE Union, the largest union of VA employees, proudly announced legislation to repeal the VA Accountability and Whistleblowers Act of 2017 citing the agency’s...

Happy Father’s Day 2018 From DisabledVeterans.org

I want to wish all my "dad" readers out there a happy Father's Day this weekend. I'll be spending that time with my three...

Fake License Plates, 1,000 Veterans’ Records, And A VA Employee: What...

Long Beach, California, the place where all Minnesotans want to be in the dead of winter. Home to palm trees, sunny shores, and one giant...

VA OIG Report Reveals Continued Failure To Hire Enough Doctors

A report from VA OIG shows VA is still failing to hire enough doctors and nurses despite record taxpayer funding and heightened focus on...

Too Inclusive? VA Replaces Military Service Flags With LGBT Pride Flag

The Department of Veterans Affairs is getting flack for one of its hospitals removing all its military flags in favor of flying an LGBT...

Trump’s VA Boasts Of Bucking Obama-Era Secrecy In Agency Press Release

In another curious press release from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency’s propaganda arm highlighted its release of nursing home ratings as bucking...

Want A Job? Veterans Affairs Tops Navy For Most Sexual Harassment...

The Department of Veterans Affairs must be proud barely edging out the US Navy for the top spot of workplace sexual harassment. A new...

Conviction: Crack Cocaine For Veterans Health Records In Credit Card Fraud

A Tampa Bay woman was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison for engaging in a credit card fraud scheme involving...

VA Palo Alto Health Care System Uncovers Cost-Savings Skin Cancer Drug

A new skin cancer finding from VA’s Keratinocyte Carcinoma Chemoprevention Trial Group found a new intervention with a cream treatment could save $700 per...

Congress Passes Largest Veterans Affairs Discretionary Funding Bill Ever

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to receive the largest discretionary funding bill in history aimed at funding the recently passed VA MISSION...

DOD A No-Show At Iraq And Afghanistan Burn Pits Congressional Hearing

The DOD was a no-show at a key hearing addressing shortfalls in benefits and research of the impact of burn pits on veterans who...

Med Mal: VA Clinician Injures Veteran’s Penis With Catheter, Dies Of...

One veteran died from botched care at Kansas City VA where an unnamed VA clinician injured the inside of a patient’s penis by inflating...

Typical Bureaucracy: GAO Finds VA Created New Wait Times Problem To...

GAO just published its report following an audit into the Veterans Choice Program and how well that program has reduced wait times affecting veterans’...

VA Wasted $3 Billion In Medical Implant Device Purchases, Will Now...

In response to a GAO report showing VA wasted $3 billion on medical implant devices, the agency plans to now track these implants to...

Salesman To Jefferson Barracks VA Admits $644,000 Fraud Scheme

The Department of Veterans Affairs successfully investigated the case of Vincent DeBlasi, a 72-year-old Missouri man who submitted $644,000 in fraudulent invoices to the...

New VA Research On TBI Migraines, Light Sensitivity

VA recently published new research coming out of the Iowa City VA’s Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss. A new study aimed...

WFLA Interviews Krause After VA FOIA Reveals Racism Double Standard

After we published the FOIA response from VA Public Affairs confirming its double standard about racists comments, management at Bay Pines VA said they...

AFGE Union Sues President Trump Over Executive Orders

AFGE filed its lawsuit against President Trump May 30 after he signed new Executive Orders that erode the rights of bargaining union employees who...

Advice For Peter O’Rourke, Ex-CALIBRE Exec Turned Acting VA Secretary

Peter O’Rourke, the ex-CALIBRE employee and Trump campaign insider who helped stand up the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection will now serve as...

FOIA Reveals VA Public Affairs Double Standard On Racism Allegations

The Department of Veterans Affairs just released numerous pages of documents from its Public Affairs division about how to handle the agency response to...

Swamp Gas: CALIBRE Attempts To Bully, Intimidate Veterans Rights Activist

A retraction demand letter from CALIBRE representation suggests the firm is contemplating legal action, possibly in the form of a defamation SLAPP lawsuit, against...

We Remember Amie Muller And All Burn Pit Victims Today

I want to take a moment this Memorial Day to thank you all for tuning in and passing on the work we are doing...

Veterans Do Not Need Permission For Non-VA Emergency Room Visits Says...

VA now says veterans do not need to check in with VA prior to reporting to non-VA emergency room facilities during an emergency. But...

VA-Style Union-Busting Executive Orders To Erode Federal Union Power

President Donald Trump, through executive orders, rolled out a series of attacks against unions and bureaucratic bloat to reform the federal government of “waste,...

Veterans Affairs Strips Employee Rights, Repudiates Master Agreement

The Department of Veterans Affairs just repudiated its 7-year agreement with AFGE Union to allow certain employees like doctors and nurses the right to...

Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Health Reform Bill, VA Mission ACT

Lawmakers at a vote of 92-5 passed key Veterans Health Reform legislation today costing taxpayers $55 billion called S. 2372 VA Mission ACT of...

‘New’ Million Veteran Program DNA Database Uses Google Cloud Partner

The Department of Veterans Affairs is still pushing its Million Veteran Program as a “new” DNA database seeking veterans to consent to their DNA...

Bay Pines VA Hits Back Against Malfeasance Allegations, FOIA Fees Outrageous

At least one veteran linked to the Facebook group Bay Pines Exposed took time to record and produce on YouTube his questions of Bay...

Veterans Affairs Trumps States Rights With Telehealth Expansion Laws

The Department of Veterans Affairs just passed a new federal regulation to allow its doctors, nurses and other health care providers to administer care...

VA Says Disability Compensation Changes Due To ‘Modern Medicine’

VA announced its newest round of changes to disability compensation regulations last week ushering in a new sequence of events ultimately designed to reduce...

Robert Wilkie Nominated, Cerner Contract Obvious Litmus Test To Run VA

The day after signing the $10 billion Cerner contract, ten days ahead of schedule, acting VA secretary Robert Wilkie was nominated by the White...

Veterans Affairs To Follow Failed DOD Cerner Electronic Health Record Plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs will go ahead with its previous plan to transition away from its VistA electronic health record system to one...

VA Voc Rehab Partners With SBA To Help Entrepreneurial Disabled Veterans

The Small Business Association just pushed out a press release explaining SBA has partnered with Voc Rehab to help disabled veterans seeking benefits in...

The Swamp Giveth, And The Swamp Taketh Away: Margarita Devlin (Cocker)...

So much for draining the swamp and removing the status quo of cronyism and beltway favors inside the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The newest...

Press Awarded For Exposing Veterans Affairs ER Bill Denial Scandal

The American Legion recently selected Minneapolis-based KARE 11 News team of journalist AJ Lagoe and producer Steve Eckert for its annual 4th Estate award...

Rep. Brian Mast Being Considered As Next Veterans Affairs Secretary

Rep. Brian Mast of Flordia is on the list of President Donald Trump's candidates for the position of Veterans Affairs Secretary. The position has...

Paralyzed Veterans Of America Applauds Passage Of VA MISSION Act

Paralyzed Veterans of America issued a press release about its support of the VA MISSION Act and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' passage...

It’s A Girl!

Gretchen and I are pleased to announce the birth of our baby girl, today. If you try to reach me via email, I may...

Ding Dong Thomas Murphy Is Demoted Following IG Report Release

In an email to coworkers today, acting Under Secretary for Benefits (USB) Thomas Murphy announced he is no longer the acting USB, and no...

VA Employees Indicted For Bribery Linked To MiMedx Group, Human Placenta...

Three employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs were indicted on charges of accepting bribes from a pharmaceutical company called MiMedx Group. This is...

Facebook Flags Veterans Affairs Vets.gov Video, Might Be “Fraud And Spam”

Yesterday, Facebook flagged an instructional video from the Department of Veterans Affairs Vets.gov website as possibly being “fraud and spam”. The video was posted...

Veterans With Moderate TBI Four Times More Likely To Develop Dementia

A new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology shows military veterans with even mild TBI are at increased risk of dementia. Veterans with...

Audit: VA Spends $1.9 Billion On Annual Research, Earns Only $316k...

A new GAO report shows VA is investing $1.9 billion annually on research but is only earning $316,000 in royalties and licensure. Research universities...

Illinois State Veterans Home $245 Million Legionnaires’ Debacle After State Governor...

The years-long Legionnaires’ disease crisis at Illinois state veterans homes will cost the state over $245 million to fix after many veterans died from...

Trump May Pick 40-Year VA Insider To Run Veterans Health Administration

President Donald Trump may pick the head of VA medical doctors as the new head of Veterans Health Administration who has been at the...

RAND Study Says VA Healthcare As Good Or Better Than Private...

A new RAND study claims VA healthcare is as good or better than private sector care, at least when respun by VA. For the...

Former UPS Employee Allegedly Stole Painkillers Intended For Veterans

A Casper, Wyoming man and former UPS employee pled not guilty to allegations of stealing painkillers intended for veterans at the VA medical center...

Multi-Year Fly Infestation In VA Operating Rooms, 80 Surgeries Canceled

An undercover reporter wearing a hidden camera at West Los Angeles VA found a multi-year fly infestation in operating rooms at the facility. Over...

Acting VA Secretary Responds To Fox & Friends Chris Wilson Interview

Acting VA secretary Robert Wilkie responded to a Fox & Friends interview of Chris Wilson about his viral story of the unsanitary exam room...

Social Media Blows Up Over Filthy VA Examination Room

Salt Lake City VA stashed a veteran in a filthy examination room for over 45 minutes without taking any steps to ensure it was...

Will Trump’s Next Pick For VA Secretary Have Their Career Ruined,...

So far, President Donald Trump is batting two for two in picking nominees for VA secretary who go on to have their careers ruined...

Veterans Choice Program Funding Almost Out

Acting secretary Robert Wilkie tries to sort out the Veterans Choice program mess before congressional funding for the same almost dries up. In two letters...

TIME Lists VA Doctor In World’s Top 100 Most Influential People

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced one of its brain doctors is listed by TIME as among the top 100 most influential people in...

Are The Big Six In Trouble? Dr. Ronny Jackson Is Out,...

The same day Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination for Veterans Affairs secretary President Donald Trump floated retired Congressman Jeff Miller, again. Trump is...

DHS To Track Journalists And Anyone Else With A Following; Criminals...

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called journalists concerned about its new database “tin foil hat” conspiracy nuts for worrying about the federal government...

Trump VA Nominee Allegedly Got Drunk Overseas, Yawn

Allegations against the Trump VA nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is swiftly veering in the direction of a witch-hunt with naysayers...

Allegations Of Mismanagement, Drinking On Job Delay VA Confirmation

New allegations just surfaced against VA secretary nominee Ronny Jackson including drinking on the job, improperly dispensing meds, and fostering a hostile work environment...

Veterans Have A Chance To Shape VA Vocational Rehabilitation Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced an upcoming opportunity for members of the public to participate in an upcoming Advisory Committee meeting about VA...

Acting VA Secretary Visits Opioid Memorial

Last week, VA acting secretary Robert Wilkie took time to visit the National Safety Counsel opioid memorial called “Prescribed to Death” and created a...