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...

#MeToo: Former QTC Doctor Prosecuted For ‘Penetrating’ Veterans During VA Disability...

The Department of Veterans Affairs and its contractor QTC Medical Services are embroiled in their own #MeToo lawsuit involving sexual assault allegations of four...

Why Is VA Secretary Obstructing IG Audit Of Criminal Allegations? Scolds...

A fight is brewing inside the Department of Veterans Affairs between acting VA secretary Peter O’Rourke and the IG head Michael Missal over access...

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...