07/15/14 05:02 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. VA Undersecretary Allison Hickey tells Congress that the benefits backlog has been whittled down to about 275,000....
07/15/14 01:02 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making payments to tens of thousands of veterans without adequate medical evidence that they deserve the benefits, the department's inspector general's office said Monday....
By Mark Flatten | 07/14/14 05:42 PM
Fast-tracking the oldest claims for disability benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs forced veterans to wait longer to resolve their cases, but falsely made the agency's statistics look better, the VA's inspector general said in a report issued Monday.
By Steve Doty | 07/14/14 07:58 AM
The Highway Trust Fund will be at the center of Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers look to find ways to replenish the fund before it runs dry.
07/12/14 11:30 AM
CINCINNATI (AP) — Veterans who served in Iraq during the war only have a few months left to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500. And state officials are expanding efforts to reach potentially thousands of veterans who may miss out by not applying. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is...
By Mark Flatten | 07/11/14 06:12 PM
Bonuses paid to top executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who committed misconduct cannot be rescinded, an agency official testified Friday, in direct contradiction to what he told a different panel less than a month ago.
By Mark Flatten | 07/09/14 09:18 AM
Cleaning up the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs will be the mission of Robert McDonald, an outsider and former Army Ranger with decades of high-level management experience in the private sector.
By Mark Flatten | 07/10/14 02:29 PM
He's jumped out of planes as an Army Ranger, climbed Mount Fuji -- just once, wisely -- and risen through the management ranks of a Fortune 500 company. Can Robert McDonald reform the VA?
By Steve Doty | 07/10/14 02:01 PM
Twenty-two veterans die each day in the United States by suicide. On Thursday, Congressman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., introduced new legislation to combat the alarming numbers.
By Matthew Daly | 07/09/14 07:58 AM
A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.
By Mark Flatten | 07/07/14 09:03 PM
Hefty performance bonuses were paid last year to 64 VA medical directors who oversaw hospitals, including some where patient wait lists were falsified and preventable patient deaths occurred.
07/07/14 02:45 PM
PEMBROKE, N.Y. (AP) — A push is on to name the new national cemetery in western New York for a decorated veteran of two wars who founded what became the Central Intelligence Agency. Veteran's group leaders and Sen. Charles Schumer visited the site in Pembroke in Genesee County on Monday. They...
By Becket Adams | 07/06/14 01:01 PM
The nationâ€™s leading media outlets may have moved on from covering the many problems that continue to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs, but U.S. vets are still following the scandal closely, according to a recent Gallup report.
07/03/14 06:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached out to nearly 140,000 veterans in the past two months to get them off waiting lists and into clinics for medical appointments. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed the number Thursday as the VA released new audit...
07/02/14 07:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief medical inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs has retired, following a report that his office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems at VA facilities across the country, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday. Dr. John R....
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