Veterans

Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to reform his agency by the time Veterans Day arrives in November. Robert McDonald, who has been on the job about a month, returned from a tour of VA facilities around the country determined to change... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs that easily passed Congress last week. The reform includes several items of interest to National Guard members who live far from VA facilities or have been the... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) The backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is partly the result of delays in getting medical records from the services to the VA, according to a report from the Defense Department inspector general. The report released last week put much of the... Read more
Washington Report (July 29, 2014) Congress likely will approve this week a measure to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that will allow patients who must wait more than 30 days for an appointment to seek care from a VA-approved hospital. However, the VA will schedule the appointment and... Read more
Washington Report (July 8, 2014) The commission charged with revamping the military compensation system set the stage to make changes in its final recommendations with an interim report released last week. Analysis of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s initial work... Read more
Right now is a very good time for every member of the National Guard to stand up and be counted. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, is currently conducting a review of all military compensation and... Read more
Washington Report (July 1, 2014) A high rate of chronic pain and prescription painkiller use by combat veterans threatens the readiness of the nation's fighting force, authors of a study write. A report published Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates more than 44... Read more
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) All veterans who served honorably would save money by shopping online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service if an idea proposed by the exchange director is approved. The Defense Department, which must give the go-ahead on the benefit expansion, is weighing... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (June 19, 2014) The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday there is not enough data to fully analyze benefits of health care provided to veterans by doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s a positive option, according to health... Read more
In response to the Veterans' Affiiars inspector general’s interim report on patient deaths at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced a comprehensive legislative package to address negligence of VA officials and correct serious problems in... Read more

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