The Federal Eye: veterans


Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Shinseki: Benefit checks for vets and their families could end Nov. 1 if shutdown continues

The VA would not be sending checks out to 5.18 million beneficiaries, the veterans affairs secretary told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

By Steve Vogel  |  10:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/03/2013

World War II vets Dingell and Dole call for end to shutdown

One of the last remaining veterans of World War II in Congress called Thursday afternoon for his colleagues to end the government shutdown, suggesting that members of the legislative body who have appeared at the World War II memorial this week are not doing enough to support those who served in the conflict.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown Q&A for vets

Join Federal Eye reporter Steve Vogel for a live discussion about the impact of the government shutdown on veterans.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 10/01/2013

VA warns disability claims progress 'at risk'

The Department of Veterans Affairs warned Tuesday night that the government shutdown will reverse its progress on lowering the backlog of disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  10:23 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Vet groups: Congress and White House 'playing chicken' with lives

Veterans groups have reacted angrily to news of a possible extended government shutdown.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:40 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Shutdown could slow VA progress on disability claims

The threatened shutdown of the federal government could hamper efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the big backlog of disability claims faced by veterans, advocates warn.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:14 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/19/2013

House committee complains of lack of transparency at VA

Both Republicans and Democrats complained of slow response for information from Veterans Affairs.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:05 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 09/18/2013

VA has failed to properly address problems at vet facility, OSC reports

The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to properly respond to serious problems that threaten patient safety at a VA hospital in Jackson, Miss., according to a new report from a federal watchdog agency.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:22 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 09/12/2013

DoD and VA treatment for PTSD and brain injury inadequate, Legion says

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs provide “limited and inadequate” treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury , according to a new report issued by the American Legion.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:55 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 09/09/2013

VA says problems at medical centers are ‘not systemic’

The Department of Veterans Affairs' top health official on Monday told a House committee hearing into "preventable deaths" at VA medical facilities that the incidents represented "serious but not systemic" problems for the department.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:01 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 08/30/2013

GAO report on VA accreditation program ‘deeply troubling,’ senators say

The report criticizes the VA for lax enforcement of its rules on accrediting financial planners, attorneys, insurance agents and others.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:55 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 08/29/2013

VA expanding counseling services on campuses

The agency will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities where it offers on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:30 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Labor names program manager to boost employment for female vets

The Department of Labor will introduce its first women veterans program manager at a symposium Thursday morning.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Patients at Martinsburg VA medical center displaced by mold

Dormitories housing 175 patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., have been closed after tests showed the presence of mold in many of the rooms.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 08/23/2013

GAO: VA gave doctors bonus pay without a clear link to performance

Study says agency awarded bonuses to most of the doctors and dentists serving at its medical centers despite lacking reasonable assurances that the added pay was linked to performance.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:42 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Donovan: Numbers for homeless vets not improving fast enough

Despite a continued decline in the numbers of homeless veterans and new funding to house those still on the streets, officials said Wednesday the decrease is not yet occurring at a fast enough pace to meet the Obama administration's goal of eliminating the problem by the end of 2015.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  homeless veterans

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Legislation introduced to stop VA executive bonuses

Rep. Jeff Miller's (R.-Fla.) measure would ban senior executives in the Department of Veterans Affairs from receiving performance bonuses for the next five years.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:37 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Senators urge Obama to help resolve veterans claims backlog

A letter signed by a bipartisan group of 67 senators was sent to the White House Monday urging President Obama to take direct action to help solve the backlog of veterans disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:18 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Obama, VA disability claims; veterans paperless claims; subcommittee on disability assistance and memorial affairs

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/25/2013

House Democrats announce package of bills aimed at VA backlog

House Democrats said Thursday they plan to introduce legislation that they say will help the Department of Veterans Affairs deal with its backlog of disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans, Veterans Benefits

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Budget would provide more money for VA mental health care

The president's proposed $152.7 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs represents a 10.2 percent increase from the previous year.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013

White House proposing large increase in VA funding to cut backlog

White House proposes large increase in funding for VA

By Steve Vogel  |  03:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Researcher alleges VA covered up adverse consequences to toxic exposures

A senior epidemiologist for the VA is telling a congressional committee that the agency has covered up data showing adverse consequences for veterans who were exposed to toxic materials from burn pits and other environmental hazards in Iraq, Afghanistan and the first Gulf War

By Steve Vogel  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/19/2013

VA's Shinseki and Mikulski pledge improvements for troubled Baltimore office

Teams of claims handlers are being deployed to help the troubled Baltimore Veterans Affairs office, where veterans face some of the longest waits in the country to have their cases handled, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced Tuesday.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VA disability claims, veterans disability claims

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Retreat by VA and DoD on electronic health records criticized

A decision this week by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to scrap an ambitious effort to create a single shared electronic health records system for servicemembers and veterans is drawing sharp criticism on Capitol Hill.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Sequestration could hurt veterans, Bernie Sanders says

Sequestration threatens programs for veterans, according to Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman

By Steve Vogel  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Six veterans sentenced for selling drugs at VA rehab clinic

The sentences range from two years probation to 15 months in federal prison for men who distributed powerful painkillers and drugs used to treat addiction to those substances.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:57 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Sanders and vet groups warn against cuts to disability benefits

The incoming chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, joined by the leaders of a number of veteran groups, attacked proposals that would cut disability benefits for veterans as part of a budget deal.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  COLA for veterans, fiscal cliff

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Scammers of veterans' benefits facing penalties

Two men face prison time and fines after scheming for VA benefits they didn't deserve.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:34 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Veterans homelessness down 7 percent

The number of homeless veterans in the United States on a single night in 2012 declined 7 percent from the previous year, according to figures released on Monday.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:52 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans homelessness

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/04/2012

VA trademarks GI Bill 1

FEDERAL EYE | The VA registered the GI Bill as a trademark and obtained the rights to GIBill.com.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/28/2012

House backs giving clothing abandoned at airports to homeless veterans

Clothing left behind at airport security checkpoints would be turned over for distribution to homeless veterans under a bill the House passed Tuesday.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abandoned clothing, homeless veterans, transportation security administration

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Does transcendental meditation to help veterans with PTSD?

Two pilot studies of Iraq and Afghanistan vets showed a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress after eight weeks, says the sponsor of a summit on the issue.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs