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Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

Staff writerWashington, D.C.


Chairman of Veterans Affairs Committee calls the spending “wasteful.”

  • Oct 9, 2015

Female veterans die by suicide at nearly six times the rate of women who did not serve.

  • Oct 8, 2015

The chairman of the House veterans committee gave up on his effort to use VA employee bonuses to help pay for the project’s cost overrun.

  • Oct 1, 2015

Investigators say there is a pattern in the VA where whistleblowers who disclose wrongdoing face trumped-up charges, but employees who put vets’ health at risk go unpunished.

  • Sep 21, 2015

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs votes down Rep. Dina Titus’s amendment that would ensure same-sex veteran couples rights to benefits if a spouse dies in combat.

  • Sep 19, 2015

A VA-commissioned report finds the embattled agency to be in need of wide-ranging reforms to help former troops recover from the wounds of war.

  • Sep 18, 2015

The agency took up to seven months to process some subsidy applications, inspector general found. But in the meantime, calls went unanswered and voice mails were deleted.

  • Sep 10, 2015

When he became VA secretary, Robert McDonald promised to make “every employee a whistleblower,” but the veterans care agency still has the highest complaint registry of whistleblower abuse in the federal government.

  • Sep 9, 2015

For women who are returning home from war in historic numbers, the next battle is getting the help they need.

  • Sep 5, 2015

Army Corps of Engineers studied hospitals in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada, all massively over budget and behind schedule.

  • Sep 4, 2015
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Emily Wax-Thibodeaux is a National staff writer, whose mission is to put a human face on the people and policies of the federal government around the country and chronicle the tales of its rich and varied culture.

She served as the Africa bureau chief from 2002 to 2006 and won the 2004 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for her coverage of the war in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Her stories on serial rape as a weapon of war in Congo prompted a special hospital wing to be opened in eastern Congo, and her narratives about the children of AIDS parents led readers to fund the establishment of an orphanage in Kenya. A foundation - Girls Gotta Run - was inspired by her stories about girl runners in Ethiopia.

She came to the paper in 1999 and covered crime and education and won several feature writing awards for her coverage immigrants in America’s public school system.

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