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Trusted USAA To Pay $12 Million For Violating Consumer Protection Laws

USAA, the federal savings bank and insurance company relied on by servicemembers and veterans must pay consumers $12 million in restitution and $3.5 million...

Capitol Hill Fail: Congress Hires Less Than 2 Percent Veterans

Less than two percent of congressional staffers have military experience despite pressure from advocacy groups to include the veteran’s perspective. Only 200 of the 13,000...

Sepsis, Holiday Staffing Linked To Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against VA

The family of one veteran has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to timely diagnose and treat sepsis resulting...

Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Legislation Not Dead, Not Yet

Lawmakers are hoping to pass the reintroduced legislation supporting presumptive benefits for “blue water” Vietnam veterans that died on Capitol Hill last year. Veterans exposed...

Disabled Veterans Now Fly Space-A, Super Cheap Airfare

Three cheers for Space-A! Some disabled veterans including myself will be able to fly Space-A, Category 6, on military aircraft when space is available....

New House Committee Chairman Mark Takano Makes His Rounds

The new Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Mark Takano is wasting no time before making his rounds at various VA facilities. Chairman...

Website Updates – See You Monday!

Hi All! I am busy updating the website so be sure to keep an eye out for issues, delays, slow page loads, etc. Over the...

Senate Demands Answers On VA Suicide Prevention Funds

Democratic lawmakers are demanding a full accounting of VA suicide prevention spending over the past year after it was revealed VA spent less than...

Trump Signs Law To Hold VA Accountable On Forever GI Bill...

President Donald Trump signed into law the Forever GI Bill fix that will force VA to make good on paying veterans the money owed...

Sec VA Wilkie Cancels On SVA, But No Worries, Bob McDonald...

Yesterday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie canceled his speech in Orlando to Student Veterans of America (SVA) citing the government shutdown. Likely, the SVA...

VA Shuts Down Long-Term PTSD Therapy For 12-Week Talk Therapy

Amid pushback over failed suicide prevention efforts, VA is moving forward in shutting down its long-term PTSD therapy groups in favor of 12-week talk...

Happy New Year From Benjamin Krause

I want to wish you all a happy New Years to usher in the 2019 season of reporting on the Department of Veterans Affairs...

Did RAND Alumni Take Swipe At Veterans Advocate Over Suicide Story?

RAND alumni Kayla Williams took a swipe at my reporting on DisabledVeterans.org covering the Jim Turner veteran suicide in her call for VA to...

Second Largest Veterans Education Benefit Screw Up Investigated

Veterans may be required to pay back monies they received in part due to agency employee negligence in processing education benefits incorrectly. VA OIG recently...

Veterans Affairs Will Not Build Anticipated Mental Health Building

The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, located in Spokane, Washington, will not build its anticipated $15 million mental health building in 2019. The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical...

Is White House VA Hotline Really Making A Difference?

Over the holiday, I read an article asserting the White House VA Hotline is making a real difference by highlighting the number of calls...

Non-VA Emergency Room Bill Denial, An Update To Kare 11 Investigation

On Christmas, an update on the non-VA emergency room bill denial story was broadcast by Kare 11 News and reporter AJ Lagoe after almost...

Is VA Playing Politics With Its Suicide Prevention Dollars?

Last week, a great deal of press coverage discussed the GAO finding that VA stopped spending its money on suicide prevention advertising, but little...

Wishing You A Merry Christmas In 2018

We wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas from the folks at DisabledVeterans.org. Taking the day off! I hope you are spending time with...

VA Surgeon Vindicated After Prosecutors Drop Case

VA surgeon Barbara Temeck stands tall after federal prosecutors dropped the government's case against her last week. Temeck, a former member of leadership at Cincinnati VA,...