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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...

Democrats Demand Perjury Investigation Into Acting VA Secretary

House Democrats outraged by recent hearing testimony from acting VA secretary Peter O’Rourke referred the Cabinet official to the Department of Justice for an...

Falsified Credentials Spell Disaster For Would-Be American Legion Executive

Verna Jones, 53, abruptly resigned from the American Legion in response to impending background checks. She was set to take over for Daniel S....

New Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie Confirmed

The US Senate confirmed attorney Robert Wilkie on Monday to become the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs with a vote of...

OAN News: ‘Noncontroversial’ GI Bill Cuts To Flight Training Are Unethical

House staffer Jon Clark is abusing his access and authority by slipping his GI Bill cut into a noncontroversial bill to trick House Members...

New GI Bill Cuts Pushed Covertly By ‘Obsessed’ Veterans Committee Staffer

One Hill staffer on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs was exposed for covertly pushing GI Bill cuts after allegedly hiding opposition VSO letters...

Come Again? Hearing Equipment For Veterans In Need Sat Unused

Of all the disabilities that plague us as veterans, hearing loss is the second-most common. It makes sense. We usually have long-term exposure to...

First, Do No Harm – VA Committee Launches Patient Wellness Investigation

USA Today and The Boston Globe recently reported on VA nursing homes receiving poor internal rankings in secret. If you have been following our...

Time’s Up – Statute Of Limitations Tolls For One Veteran’s Day...

According to a U.S. Court of Appeals, the Air Force veteran who allegedly contracted Legionnaire’s Disease at the Pittsburgh VA in 2010 waited too...

GAO Report: VA Whistleblowers 10 Times More Likely To Be Punished

A GAO report published yesterday blew apart VA assertions of fairness by showing VA whistleblowers are ten times more likely to be punished than...

Uncle Sam Owes YOU: Computer Glitch Caused Undue IRS Taxation

Between 1991 and 2016, the Department of Defense had an undetected glitch that may have cost you thousands of dollars in IRS taxes. It...

Accountability Hearing: How Far Can Peter O’Rourke Hit Softballs?

Quite a few friends of mine were disappointed when writing back to me yesterday while they watched acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke smash softball after...

Epic Fail? Scheduling System Sticks Out Like a Sore Thumb

We’ve been following new developments in the EHR project closely, and this one’s a doozy. The outfit they picked for scheduling appointments, Epic, isn’t...

To Protect and Serve? VA Cop Pleads Guilty to Assault in...

Soon-to-be former VA police officer Michael Kaim is preparing to surrender his license. Having pleaded guilty to an assault at the Indianapolis VA, this...

Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted? Bizarre VA Losses Plague Ohio

Since 2014, VA hospitals across the state of Ohio have been “losing” expensive medical equipment in five- and six-figure amounts. This equipment is, as...

Living Dangerously: Overprescription Of Opioids Still A Problem

Ah, the OIG. They always have such great news for us, don’t they? How do they do it? Responding to an anonymous complaint about a...

Massive Shakeup, Purge Inside VBA Of Leadership, Oversight Positions

PURGE: The Department of Veterans Affairs is swiftly purging from its ranks most of its leadership with knowledge of involvement in decisionmaking prior to...

WashPo Journalist Defies VA Story On Trump Appointee Removal

The VA official who advocated for increased hiring and pay for VA health care workers and administrators was axed this week according to multiple...

Clearing The Air: Links Between Pollution And Diabetes Solidify Under Scientific...

The St. Louis VA Healthcare System recently released a study showing connections between air pollution levels and Type 2 diabetes in the surrounding population....

Bulletproof Advice On Dealing With Phone Scammers

I saw the best advice from a reader today named Randy Dreese on how to handle crooked telemarketers... so good that I wanted to...

New Telemarking ‘Scam’ Targets Veterans In Home Loan Refi Scheme

A new telemarketing scam is being rolled out by callers identifying themselves as representatives of “Veterans Services.” These robocallers solicit veterans nationwide using dubious...

Die Another Day – VA Releases State-Level Veteran Suicide Data

The VA released a more comprehensive look at veteran suicides last week, as a follow-up to its 2015 National Suicide Data Report (which was...

High Ranking VA Officials Pushed Pot, Leaked Emails Show

High ranking officials including Wisconsin native Jake Leinenkugel show agency leadership is closer to moving in the direction of legalized marijuana than previously thought. While...

Veteran Dies Who Set Self On Fire With Fireworks

Tragic news from Georgia as the veteran who set himself on fire using fireworks in protest in front of the Georgia Capitol died. The Georgia...

Up to Speed? EHR Modernization Effort Hitting Roadblocks

A new Congressional effort is underway to put vets’ electronic health records (EHR) on the same system as the Pentagon. Makes sense, right? (Why...

Puff Puff Pass This Bill! VHA Leaves Veterans Out Of Key...

There’s new legislation on Capitol Hill right now to ensure continued business for cannabis growers and distributors in states where the drug is legal....

Happy Independence Day From DisabledVeterans.org – 2018

I want to wish my readers a happy and memorable Independence Day this July 4, 2018. I'm taking the next few days off and...

Fayetteville VA ‘Impaired’ Pathologist Put Veterans At Risk For 2 Years

A pathologist at Fayetteville VA was fired last Monday due to being found "impaired" while working. The doctor’s misdiagnosis of patients directly resulted in...

Newly Discovered PTSD Study Of Fear Conditioning In Men vs Women...

A VA PTSD study we just found on VA.gov had the goal of showing that, in veterans with PTSD, women soldiers may respond to...

Former Voc Rehab Director Ruth Fanning Retires, She Will Be Missed

The former Voc Rehab director Ruth Fanning retired Friday following a long career helping disabled veterans seek rehabilitative services and other benefits from the...

The Power Hour: How Much Was Vets.gov Website? Listen As Krause...

In case you missed it, I was on The Power Hour last night on GCN with my good friend Dave Gahary. In 2014, we...

Will Unusual Background Robert Wilkie Keep Him Out?

President Trump’s new pick for VA Secretary is, on paper, the perfect candidate for such a high-profile military administrative post. Maybe too good to...

Blue Water Veterans Get Big Win With Congress

The folks from Military-Veterans Advocacy scored a big win this week for Blue Water veterans that reinstates Agent Orange benefits previously revoked by Secretary...

‘Desperate’ Veteran Sets Self On Fire In Protest At Georgia Capitol

A Georgia veteran apparently desperate and upset set himself on fire using firecrackers and flammable liquid yesterday. “He was strapped with some homemade incendiary devices...

VA Catches Heat Over Previously Unreported Suicide Numbers In New Report

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reportedly backed off its own suicide report after reporters noted its own data revealed no change in suicide...

Cry Havoc: VA Nursing Home Data Unmasked

Our suspicions of a cover-up hold water, folks. Several members of Congress have officially requested the data on quality of life at the nation’s...

IG Investigation Into Mismanagement Allegations At Topeka VA

The Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas hosted a bit of a surprise inspection recently. An anonymous tip suggested the hospital’s faculty were...

Explain Your Brain: New Breakthroughs In TBI Science For Veterans

If you’re a veteran with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, you know how frustrating it can be. With a range of types and...

Veterans Affairs Cries Foul Over NPR Whistleblower Retaliation Story; Somewhere In...

The Department of Veterans Affairs is crying foul after NPR published a story covering the retaliation experienced by more than two dozen current and...