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  • Motorcycles drive past the Lincoln Memorial as Colin Morris, of the US Army, salutes during the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Outrage as V.A. hides names of hospitals where vets died from delays

    The Department of Veterans Affairs blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, listens to testimony at a special hearing of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    Report finds major problems at Miami VA rehab site

    A Department of Veterans Affairs drug rehabilitation facility was so poorly run that some patients were actually on drugs during their stay there — culminating in the death of a veteran from an overdose of cocaine and heroin.

  • Ore. construction worker killed at VA rehab center

    A Vancouver, Wash., construction company says one of its supervisors has died at a Department of Veterans Affairs' work site in the southern Oregon community of White City.

  • VA reports spike in suicides among youngest vets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There has been a sharp increase in the suicide rate among the youngest male veterans, and a smaller but still significant jump among women who served in the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** A customer receives a luxury facial at a spa in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Spas and limos? VA work amounted to paid vacation for some feds, House finds

    Planners at the Department of Veterans Affairs accepted thousands of dollars in meals, spas, gift baskets and limo and helicopter rides from hotels hoping to host the VA's lavish conference business, a congressional investigation has found.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Daughter of veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease seeks VA help

    Dear Sgt. Shaft: For three years, my dad has been battling with twitching and a weakness that started in his leg. He went to the VA doctors first in Des Moines then in Kansas City. For over a year, they told him he had just had a stroke and sent him to therapy for it. Six months ago, they finally diagnosed him with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and said it was caused from Agent Orange from serving in Vietnam.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Veteran with prostate cancer seeks help with VA claim

    Dear Sgt. Shaft: Last year, I contacted you for assistance with my VA claim because in March 2011, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and on June 2, 2011, my prostate was removed. I submitted a VA claim in Virginia, which was lost.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    DIBACCO: Solemn promises broken

    This Memorial Day is punctuated by one other scandal in the Obama administration. The inability of the Department of Veterans Affairs to process disability and related claims of our nation's veterans in a timely manner is a shameful situation that may well add not only to anxiety among veterans, but even to the number of deaths of those who served their nation.

  • **FILE** Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

    House GOP: Influx of vets for 'Obamacare' may overwhelm VA

    House Republicans said Wednesday that the Veterans Affairs Department may not be ready to handle hundreds of thousands of veterans who may sign up for health benefits next year to meet the new individual mandate under President Obama's health-care law.

  • VA made stunning $2.2 billion in mistaken payments in 2012

    Already saddled with long waits and a massive backlog of beneficiary claims, the Department of Veterans Affairs is also struggling to manage its money properly, handing out an astounding $2.2 billion in mistaken payments last year.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Veteran's wife seeks information on health insurance

    Dear Sgt. Shaft: My name is Rochelle, my husband was rated 100 percent about eight years ago, which made me eligible for the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). ... We are now living in Savannah Ga., which seems to me to be a military town. We live up the road from Hunter Army Air force and just a few miles from Fort Stewart, yet I can find no provider willing to accept CHAMPVA.

  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

    A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans' gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats' vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, listens to testimony at a special hearing of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    House panel promises more aggressive oversight of Veterans Affairs

    The truce is over and expect more aggressive oversight in the coming months, a House committee chairman angrily told leaders of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Civilian population should have access to talking prescription system

    Dear Sgt. Shaft: I know that you are very interested in the safety of visually impaired veterans when taking their prescriptions. You understand all too well the danger of not reading prescription labels and the possibility of making a tragic mistake. As you know, the ScripTalk Talking Prescription System is now installed in all VA Medical Centers in U.S.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Veteran seeks information about Agent Orange

    Dear Sgt. Shaft: I need help and advice, I am three months in remission and have had chemo with Rituxan five times since my diagnose of ischemic heart disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 2001. I was not in Vietnam but in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1973 and the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1979. I was stationed at U.S. Army Fort Dix in N.J., U.S. Air Force Base Mather in California and Keesler AFB Biloxi in Miss. I have uncovered that these three military sites were exposed to Agent Orange as well as other chemicals. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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