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  • Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island

    08/24/2016 7:27:18 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 69 replies
    Slimes ^ | 8/24/2016 | Kristina Rebelo
    A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at the medical center. The hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system, the nation’s largest integrated health care organization, which has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the department confirmed that numerous patients had died awaiting treatment at a V.A. hospital in Phoenix. Officials there had...
  • LIVE: Trump Rally 8/20/2016 Fredericksburg, VA at 6:00 PM ET.

    08/20/2016 4:18:55 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 682 replies
    Saturday, August 20, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Fredericksburg, VA at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET. Fredericksburg, VA Watch the LIVE stream and FULL replay of the event below: Fredericksburg Expo Center
  • VA's frivolous expenditures not a pretty picture

    08/19/2016 5:30:29 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 20 replies
    lowell sun ^ | august 19 | Peter Lucas
    There is perhaps no better example of waste in the scandalous Veterans Administration than the millions spent on art instead of on care. You could begin with the $670,000 spent on two sculptures at a California blind veterans rehabilitation center that the blind veterans cannot even see. It may be ludicrous to point out that, as far as the Obama administration and the VA is concerned, it is the blind leading the blind. But that is the way it seems.
  • VETERANS ADMINISTRATION REFORMS THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    07/30/2016 8:08:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    The Goals Of Donald J. Trump’s Veterans Plan The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again, and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed – fast. The guiding principle of the Trump plan is ensuring veterans have convenient access to the best quality care. To further this principle, the Trump plan will decrease wait times, improve healthcare outcomes, and facilitate a seamless...
  • The VA's Luxury Art Obsession

    07/29/2016 11:04:34 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/26/2016 | Adam Andrzejewski
    In the now-infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor. Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail. The health claim appeals process was known as “the hamster wheel” and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics. Yet, in the midst of these horrific failings the VA managed to spend $20 million on high-end art over the last ten years – with $16 million spent during the Obama years. A joint investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and our...
  • While Vets Were Dying, The VA Spent $20 Million on Art

    07/27/2016 3:15:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 31 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 7/27/2016 | Joshua Krause
    It’s been over two years since the Veteran’s Affairs scandal first broke, when whistleblowers revealed that the agency in charge of providing medical treatment to our veterans was grossly callous, negligent, and inefficient. Countless veterans were dying while waiting for treatments, and VA workers were covering it up. And unfortunately, the VA is still just as bad at treating our veterans, if not worse, than it was in 2014. Two years after this scandal first broke however, we’re still learning about some of the terrible things that the VA did while their patients were waiting to be treated. Recently it’s...
  • Va. Supreme Court strikes down McAuliffe's order on felon voting rights

    07/22/2016 7:33:05 PM PDT · by randita · 19 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 7/22/16 | Graham Moomaw
    The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to 206,000 felons, dealing a severe blow to what the governor has touted as one of his proudest achievements in office. In a 4-3 ruling, the court declared McAuliffe’s order unconstitutional, saying it amounts to a unilateral rewrite and suspension of the state’s policy of lifetime disenfranchisement for felons. The court ordered the Virginia Department of Elections to “cancel the registration of all felons who have been invalidly registered” under McAuliffe’s April 22 executive order and subsequent orders. As of this week, 11,662...
  • Twitter says Marylanders and Virginians hate their jobs

    07/16/2016 5:07:04 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 66 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 12 July 2016 | Jeff Clabaugh | @wtopclabaugh
    WASHINGTON — If what is posted on Twitter is a fair indication, people in Maryland and Virginia don’t much like their jobs. Online jobs site Monster.com and social intelligence company Brandwatch studied a year’s worth of Twitter posts from across the country and analyzed posts specifically about jobs. The study puts both Maryland and Virginia in the top 10 for job haters. It is the second year Monster and Brandwatch have conducted the study. It analyzed two million English-language tweets. The top 10 states where people on Twitter hate their jobs at a higher ratio than loving their jobs are...
  • VA Board of Education to hold public hearings across Virginia

    07/15/2016 2:05:10 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    from an email
    The Virginia Board of Education will hold a series of public hearings in July and August to gather feedback from families, educators, and community members on student expectations, how schools are accredited, and school resources. The hearings are scheduled for the following dates and locations: Thursday, July 14 - Manassas 6:30 pm Osbourn High School (Auditorium) 9005 Tudor Lane Manassas, VA 20110 Tuesday, July 19 - Williamsburg-James City County 6:30 pm Lafayette High School (Auditorium) 4460 Longhill Road Williamsburg, VA 23188 Wednesday, August 24 - Abingdon 6:30 pm Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center One Partnership Cir Abingdon, VA 24210 Thursday,...
  • Trump Gets It Right On Reforming the VA

    07/13/2016 4:40:44 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/12/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: For decades, lawmakers have tried to fix glaring faults at the Veterans Health Administration, only to find the government-run health program get worse. What's clearly needed is a wholesale overhaul of the system, one that exposes the VA to the bracing winds of competition. Donald Trump's plan, released this week, comes closest to getting there.
  • Trump: Plan to revamp veterans care will save lives

    07/11/2016 3:28:35 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 Jul 2016
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump pledged Monday to expand programs that allow veterans to choose their doctor and clinics — regardless of whether they're affiliated with Department of Veterans Affairs — and still receive government-paid medical care. In a policy speech announcing a 10-point plan for veterans, Trump said he "begins with a simple promise: Every veteran will get timely access to top-quality care." His plan was not a way to privatize the VA, as some critics have charged, but instead was "a way of not allowing people to die waiting for doctors," Trump said. In an...
  • LIVE:Trump Veteran's Reform Speech 7/11/2016 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Westin 1pm EDT.

    07/10/2016 6:21:24 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 359 replies
    Monday, July 11, 2016: Live streaming coverage of Donald Trump’s speech on Veterans’ Reform in Virginia Beach, VA at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. Coverage will begin at 1:00 PM EDT. Virginia Beach, VA Watch the LIVE stream of the event below beginning at 1:00 PM EDT The Westin Beach Town Center LET'S GET ON BOARD THE TRUMP RALLY TRAIN FOR VIRGINIA BEACH. I'LL MEET YOU IN THE CLUB CAR @ 2pm for Champagne and Cocktails and Brunch @ 3. Attire: Your Sunday Best. Pleaes RSVP
  • The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

    07/02/2016 2:10:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 26, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms. Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment. In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are...
  • The VA privatization debate is coming to a head

    07/02/2016 8:03:10 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, July 2, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The week will be make or break time for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as it may be decided whether or not to privatize medical care for veterans. Congress created the Commission on Care to overhaul the VA and it is expected that this panel will release its final recommendations on whether to provide the option for private care for veterans enrolled in the VA’s system of hospitals and clinics. Efforts to privatize health care have caused blowback from national veteran’s groups. Fearful of losing their jobs, unionized VA employees have been staging opposition rallies. corporation. The American Federation...
  • Military Update: Vet groups uniting to oppose privatized care, defend VA

    06/25/2016 2:53:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    The nation’s leading veteran services organizations are rallying behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and its beleaguered health care system, touting the experience of staff, the breadth of services and its holistic approach to care delivery that they argue the private sector cannot match. The VSOs are warning of politicians and groups with agendas that constantly criticize VA health care, refuse to acknowledge reforms and thus advance a camouflaged campaign to dismantle VA health care. They also say it is time to better educate their own members on actions being taken to improve to the healthcare system that millions of...
  • House drops Confederate Flag ban for veterans cemeteries

    06/23/2016 2:04:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 926 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/23/16 | Matthew Nussbaum
    A measure to bar confederate flags from cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs was removed from legislation passed by the House early Thursday. The flag ban was added to the VA funding bill in May by a vote of 265-159, with most Republicans voting against the ban. But Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both supported the measure. Ryan was commended for allowing a vote on the controversial measure, but has since limited what amendments can be offered on the floor.
  • Lawmakers fume after VA ditches power to fire employees

    06/17/2016 1:41:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/17/16 | Joel Gehrke
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has angered and frustrated lawmakers by deciding to stop using their authority to fire senior employees, an authority Congress gave the VA in response to the wait-times scandal of 2014. "Everyone knows VA isn't very good at disciplining employees, but this decision calls into question whether department leaders are even interested in doing so," House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said Friday. The expedited firing process was designed to help VA leaders flush out senior officials who had overseen the manipulation of wait times, which prevent veterans from receiving timely healthcare. But it...
  • VA Announces Formal Removal of Three Phoenix Health Care System Officials

    06/08/2016 2:33:09 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has removed three senior officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The move follows an announcement in March in which VA proposed the removal of Lance Robinson, the facility’s Associate Director; Brad Curry, Chief of Health Administration Service; and Dr. Darren Deering, Chief of Staff. In addition to other causes, the three were removed for negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight for not ensuring Veterans were either properly scheduled for appointments or placed on an appropriate wait list. “We have an obligation to...
  • New bill could convert VA healthcare into a nonprofit corporation

    06/08/2016 12:34:32 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    HotAir ^ | June 8, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We spend an inordinate amount of time talking about the various scandals engulfing the VA in general and the abysmal healthcare received by our veterans in particular, but solutions thus far have been hard to come by. Tinkering with the existing system and replacing bad actors seems to be simply nibbling around the edges of the problem. There have been improvements in some areas, but wait times for veterans remain unacceptably long and the quality of care available in some regions is still far below where we need to be. Is it time to scrap the entire system and start...
  • VA Proposes To Remove Ban On Transgender Surgery For Vets

    06/05/2016 6:24:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    Daily Caller News Foundation VA Proposes To Remove Ban On Transgender Surgery For Vets Jonah Bennett National Security/Foreign Policy Reporter The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed to a rule to remove the ban on transgender sex change surgery for veterans, which has existed since the 1990s. According to the proposed regulation, gender reassignment surgery wasn’t previously considered medically necessary for gender dysphoria, a condition transgender individuals claims makes them feel as though they were born in the wrong body and assigned the wrong gender.
  • John McCain slams key veterans’ advocacy groups

    06/02/2016 8:40:35 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    Most of the time, major political figures try to stay on the good side of the nation’s leading veterans’ organizations, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is comfortable going in a different direction. The Republican senator appeared on his daughter’s radio show late last week – just a few days before Memorial Day – and Meghan McCain asked about the need for improvements in the VA system. The GOP lawmaker, facing a tough re-election fight this year, didn’t hold back. JOHN MCCAIN: I blame some of the old veterans’ service organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American...
  • Fired Phoenix VA director scores legal win, sparks outrage

    06/03/2016 4:22:46 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/2/16 | Travis Treffin
    WASHINGTON – The former director of Phoenix veterans hospitals who was at the center of a 2014 wait-time scandal scored a major legal win this week, shooting down sections of a law allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly fire misbehaving employees. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that the law fast-tracking firings is unconstitutional because VA employees cannot appeal a final decision by an administrative judge. Lynch and President Barack Obama’s administration have sided with Sharon Helman, who is suing in federal court over her 2014 termination from the VA for accepting a trip to Disneyland and...
  • Lawmakers blast Loretta Lynch for supporting fired VA official

    06/01/2016 7:41:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Top Republican lawmakers blasted Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday for clearing a legal path for a former Veterans Affairs official at the heart of the waiting time scandal to get her job back. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the decision by Ms. Lynch not to defend in court a portion of the 2014 VA reform law could result in Sharon Helman, former head of the Phoenix, Arizona VA office, going back to work. “This decision by the Obama administration puts our veterans at further risk,” said Mr. McCarthy, California Republican. “We cannot entrust veterans’ health care to people unwilling...
  • Senate panel: VA watchdog may have covered up veteran abuse

    06/01/2016 8:11:39 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/31/2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Government watchdogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs wrongly closed a years-long investigation into failures at a Wisconsin VA hospital and attempted to prevent a report about the probe from going public, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has concluded. The alleged cover-up was detailed in a report released Tuesday by the committee, which has looked into allegations of veteran mistreatment at the Tomah, Wis., VA hospital for the past 16 months. Committee investigators detailed a pattern of stonewalling and evasion from the VA's inspector general, which declined to provide documents and answer questions about aspects of the Tomah probe despite...
  • Trump invokes MLK at D.C. biker rally (supports veterans)

    05/29/2016 4:22:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | May 29, 2016 | Ben Schreckinger
    In his Sunday remarks, the New York billionaire promised to improve veterans health care, called for rebuilding the American military, and condemned Clinton for remarks she made last year downplaying problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “She thinks the VA is doing good,” Trump said.
  • VA wrongly declares thousands of veterans dead, stops benefits

    05/26/2016 9:31:01 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 26 May 2016 | Amy R. Connolly
    Some 4,000 U.S. military veterans and their families stopped receiving benefits over the past five years after they were wrongly declared dead, the newest in a string of problems to emerge from the Department of Veterans Affairs...... ust in 2015, benefits were incorrectly terminated for 1,025 veterans. The mistakes were largely due to employee error or wrongly interpreted data by the department's computers
  • VA Hospitals are not Disneyland – It’s time to privatize the VA now!

    05/24/2016 9:44:00 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, VA Secretary, Robert MacDonald set off a firestorm in the media when he compared long lines at Disneyland to the wait times veterans experience for health care, an analogy that riled veterans groups and lawmakers alike. MacDonald of all people should know better. He is a graduate of West Point and served with the famous All-American Division, the 82nd Airborne, before out-processing to greener pastures, namely Procter and Gamble, where he rose to CEO of the company before retiring from the private sector. Apparently, it doesn’t take too long to go from a free enterprise rainmaker to a federal...
  • Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Won't Apologize For Disneyland Comparison

    05/24/2016 11:40:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/24/16 | Daniel Halper
    The secretary of veterans affairs, Bob McDonald, refused to apologize for comparing VA wait times to Disneyland wait times earlier today on MSNBC. "Wait times are important but it is not the only measure of veterans experience. That's what veterans are telling us. We talked to a lot of veterans. It is important and if I were misunderstood or said the wrong thing, I am glad i have to correct it," said McDonald.
  • Speaker Ryan on VA Secretary: 'I Don't Know If He Should Resign'

    05/24/2016 8:40:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/24/16 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday stopped short of calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to resign over his comments comparing wait times at VA clinics to wait times at amusement parks. A reporter told Ryan that Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is calling on McDonald to resign. "Do you think it goes to that level, that he should resign?" the reporter asked Ryan. "I don't know if he should resign. He should clarify his comments," Ryan said. "He should show some empathy for our veterans that he's supposed to serve. This really is just beyond the pale,...
  • VA secretary: Disney doesn´t measure wait times, so why should VA?

    05/23/2016 9:03:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 120 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/23/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn´t use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn´t either. "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what´s important? What´s important is, what´s your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind
  • Rand Paul: "I'll Be Damned!" Before Government Takes Guns from Veterans

    05/21/2016 5:27:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/21/2016 | Matt Vespa
    The avid proponent of American liberty and individualism, Sen. Rand Paul took the stage at the NRA-ILA forum and spoke of our natural right to own and bear arms. "We must always remember that the Second Amendment can only properly be defended when we defend the rest of the bill of rights. You can't defend the second Amendment unless you defend the First amendment," Paul said. He went on to warn the audience of the trampling of the Fourth Amendment and how important it is for governing bodies to acquire search warrants before investigating individual citizens. He also mentioned new...
  • WaPo poll finds 90% of Native Americans NOT offended by Washington Redskins name.

    05/19/2016 10:55:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/19/16 | Robert Laurie
    Uh oh. So NOBODY cares. Bad news, outrage peddlers. We’ve known for some time that nobody really cares about your efforts to make America clamor for the end of the racist monstrosity known as the “Washington Redskins.” It’s been a non-issue for most people since day one. However, if you hate that ugly football team, things just took a turn for the worse. Not only is the majority ambivalent, but a new Washington Post poll has been released and, according to the data, Social Justice Warriors have failed to convince Native Americans that they should care either.
  • $10 Billion Later, The VA Makes Veterans Wait Even Longer To Get Care

    05/17/2016 3:31:12 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | John Merline
    When Congress rushed in two years ago to fix a chronic delay problem at the Veterans Health Administration, one of the key reforms was a new, $10 billion program called Veterans Choice. The goal was to give vets an option of going to a private doctor if they weren’t able to get a timely appointment with a government-paid VHA doctor.
  • ‘HUNTING FOR BUGS’: Surprise VA Kitchen Inspection After Reports of Roaches in Food

    05/11/2016 7:05:44 AM PDT · by sally234 · 18 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-11-16 | Tori Richards
    The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General went “hunting for bugs” in the middle of the night at two VA kitchens Tuesday after a Conservative Review investigation revealed allegations of an infestation so severe that cockroaches were served in patients’ meals. The inspectors descended upon Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in suburban Chicago at 3 a.m. to “conduct an impromptu walk-through of the kitchens,” according to an internal VA email sent to union leaders at 7:24 a.m. “They were hunting for bugs, I believe that’s what they were doing at 3 o’clock in the morning,” said dietician Kelvin Gilkey, who...
  • Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/08/2016 3:43:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th.  The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists.  The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close.  One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists.  NOVA had warned the politicians that they would sue if the harrassment continued.  From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA — The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • Feds Put Credit Card Felon In Charge of Major VA Purchasing Program

    05/06/2016 6:46:06 AM PDT · by IChing · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/5/2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Almost immediately after Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate #11109-017 completed a 14-month sentence for using sensitive credit card data on his previous employer’s computer system to steal $70,000, he was hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs in a position that ultimately led to his present job — running an office racked with credit card fraud and bribery problems. Braxton Linton is prosthetics service chief at the Caribbean Veterans Affairs hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Service chiefs are the top officials in each department in VA hospitals. VA prosthetics offices procure all assistive devices and use government credit cards...
  • VA:Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/03/2016 8:16:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th.  The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists.  The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close.  One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists.  NOVA had warned the politicians that the would sue if the harrassment continued.  From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA — The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • Whistleblower: Cockroaches Served for Dinner at Chicago-Area VA Hospital

    04/28/2016 9:04:54 AM PDT · by sally234 · 72 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 4-27-16 | Tori Richards
    A vermin infestation has overrun the kitchen of a suburban Chicago Veterans Affairs hospital and is reportedly so severe that cockroaches routinely crawl across countertops as cooks prepare meals. The insects have even found their way into patients’ food, employees say. The bug invasion has attracted the attention of a U.S. senator who is demanding to know how the VA is fixing the problem. It’s just the latest scandal at an agency rocked by allegations of abuse, incompetence and the needless deaths of veterans who wait years for medical appointments.
  • Only half of the $6 million Trump raised for vets has been delivered to charities

    04/23/2016 6:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2016 | John Sexton
    One of Trump’s most enduring and arguably most endearing campaign lines has been his promise to treat American vets better. When Trump dropped out of a Fox News debate in January he held a separate event at which he raised money for veterans. But three months later, Trump’s campaign adviser for veterans, Al Baldasaro, doesn’t seem too concerned about it. He told the Daily Beast, “I’m not concerned about it, because I know [Trump is] an honorable, honest guy… you guys just want to say, ‘gotcha.’”To be fair, Baldasaro is not a Trump staffer. The real problem is that...
  • Vets Are Still Waiting For Those ‘Urgent’ VA Reforms Obama Promised Two Years Ag

    04/20/2016 4:15:02 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2016 | Staff
    Health Care: In the summer of 2014, President Obama promised swift changes to resolve chronic delays and cover-ups at the Veterans Health Administration. Today, veterans are still waiting months to see doctors and the VHA is still doctoring wait times, an audit finds.
  • House Panel Embarrasses VA Undersecretary In Oversight Hearing [VIDEO]

    04/19/2016 9:52:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/19/16 | Luke Rosiak
    Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary David J. Shulkin gave false information to Congress Tuesday, claiming that a Daily Caller News Foundation post was wrong, only to have department officials be forced to admit shortly afterwards that the story was accurate. TheDCNF exclusively reported in March that Elizabeth Rivera was reinstated to her VA job, thanks to union rules after she got out of jail on an armed robbery charge and subsequent criminal conviction. TheDCNF asked department officials about the situation prior to publication and even got a written statement saying that Rivera’s behavior was not sufficient grounds for termination...
  • Did Philly VA shred vets' documents?

    04/19/2016 9:29:19 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Morning Call ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | Paul Muschick
    As if local veterans enduring endless waits for government benefits don't have enough to worry about, now there's this: Officials are investigating whether documents were inappropriately shredded at the Department of Veterans Affairs center in Philadelphia, which processes benefits claims from the Lehigh Valley. If a veteran's paperwork is shredded instead of added to a claim file, that could result in disability or pension benefits' being denied or delayed. The Philadelphia office and nine others were inspected without warning last month by the VA inspector general's office. The checks occurred because the inspector general discovered a claims center in Los...
  • They never learn: Watchdog finds falsified wait times at 40 VA facilities

    04/09/2016 4:17:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2016 | Rick Moran
    After two years of investigations, the inspector general for Veterans Affairs has found that 40 VA facilities around the country are guilty of deliberately falsifying reports on wait times for clients. To date, only 4 low level VA staffers have been fired despite the fact that supervisors ordered the falsifications of records in almost all instances.
  • Inside the Plot to Destroy Veterans' Health Care

    04/08/2016 6:10:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    AFGE (fed employee union) ^ | April 1, 2016 | N/A
    Veterans earned their VA health care when they signed the dotted line to serve our country. So when American Legion Commander Dale Barnett saw that a commission that is top-heavy with private hospital executives was trying to dismantle it, he had to be blunt. “I don’t understand how commissions paid by the federal government are able to break ranks, create an unapproved report and try to advance self-serving agendas while operating as congressional appointees,” Barnett said. He's talking about the congressionally-mandated Commission on Care, an entity dominated by private hospital executives and Koch Brothers-affiliated "policy experts." The commission's charge under...
  • Lawmakers want answers why VA stripped 260K vets of gun rights

    04/05/2016 7:12:53 PM PDT · by kitchen · 49 replies
    gus.com ^ | 3/25/2016 | Chris Eger
    Two Senate Republicans are seeking to understand the Veterans Affairs office practice of reporting veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system. Currently a veterans assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns. As of December 2015, the VA has reported 260,381 individuals to the FBI, effectively making them prohibited firearms possessors under the law. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa lawmaker who is currently the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, finds this...
  • The VA vs. Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta

    04/02/2016 5:21:26 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 54 replies
    LifeLine for Vets ^ | March 22, 2016 | Shad Meshad
    Army Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta has received notification from the VA that his benefits for a caregiver are ending in 90 days, at the end of May. The letter he received from the VA states “he is no longer appropriate for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.” They say they are pleased to inform him of this. According to the VA, even though Acosta, blinded by a mortar attack in Iraq, is still blind, they are excited (with an exclamation point to prove it) to let him know they have determined he’s “graduated,” and no longer needs a...
  • Obama Decision on U.S. Military Deployments to Iraq Expected in 'Coming Weeks'

    04/01/2016 8:20:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 31, 2016 | John Hayward
    “Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks,” Dunford said about plans to send in more American troops to help recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. “I brought it to the Secretary. The Secretary will engage with the President,” Dunford said, referring to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The number of troops deployed in Iraq is already much higher than the American people were led to expect, as the public learned after ISIS fired on a Marine artillery position near Mosul two weeks ago,...
  • Take Action: VA orders Bible removed from MIA/POW table

    03/31/2016 7:21:18 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 32 replies
    American Family Association ^ | 3/31/2016 | AFA staff
    A Bible and Bible verse have been removed from a POW/MIA display inside an Akron, Ohio Veteran's Administration clinic after a complaint from atheist Mikey Weinstein. For decades, these items have long been a part of a "Missing Man Table" commonly displayed at military functions and installations all across the nation. Weinstein said he intervened at the request of nearly a dozen, mostly Christian, military veterans who said they were offended by the Bible display. As usual, Weinstein failed to provide proof that these people actually exist...
  • We Were Winning When He Left

    03/30/2016 6:41:45 PM PDT · by pboyington · 13 replies
    DaleDye.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Dale Dye
    There’s a VA facility near my home and I pass by it about three times each week on the long runs I use to keep my body from stagnating as I grow older and achier. Seeing our American flag waving from a tall pole near the entrance to the veterans’ complex always puts a little bounce in my step. So I’m chugging by it last week wearing a sweat-stained PT shirt emblazoned with a replica of the Vietnam Service ribbon when a guy limping toward the entrance and leaning on a cane spots me. He smiles, waves and points to...
  • 260,000 Vets Stripped of Their Gun Rights With a Single VA Gun Regulation

    03/30/2016 7:51:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    independentsentinel.com ^ | 3/26/2016 | S. Noble
    Two Senate Republicans are trying to find out why 260,000 vets have been stripped of their gun rights. The Veterans Affairs office has made it a practice to report veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system. If veterans need help doing paper work, they lose their rights. It’s clearly a violation of the Second Amendment. Any veteran who is assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns.