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  • VA House Delegates survey for citizens

    01/15/2017 10:05:04 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies
    From an email
    January 11th is the first day of the 2017 legislative session for the Virginia House of Delegates, and our members want to hear what's important to you. Every year we conduct a legislative survey, then share the results with our members so they know the issues and priorities you have for 2017. Please fill out our legislative survey at this link: http://bit.ly/2017VALegislativeSurvey
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • David Shulkin picked to head Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump says

    01/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/11/2017 | By Eric Bradner and Jeremy Diamond
    President-elect Donald Trump has tapped David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, he announced Wednesday. "I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin," Trump said during his news conference at Trump Tower in New York. "We'll do a news release in a little while, I'll tell you about David, he's fantastic. He's fantastic. He will do a truly great job. One of the commitments I've made is that we're going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans." Shulkin is the VA's current undersecretary for health, a position in which he oversaw more...
  • Justice Department declines to prosecute VA employees who defrauded $400k, and who still have jobs

    12/30/2016 6:02:00 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/30/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    A pair of Department of Veterans Affairs officials who defrauded the VA for $400,000 will not face any criminal charges, despite an inspector general's request that they both face a criminal investigation. In an inspector general report made public in September, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were both accused of manipulating a VA program meant to ease the strain of moving agency employees between cities. The watchdog referred the matter to the Department of Justice for a criminal inquiry. But prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia ruled against pursuing charges late last week, the Houston...
  • Shocker! Trump Plans To Privatize The VA Just Like He Promised On The Campaign Trail

    12/30/2016 5:01:16 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/29/2016 | Staff
    Veterans' Health: News headlines this week screamed about how President-elect Trump is considering a plan to partially privatize the Veterans Health Administration. Did nobody read his campaign website during the election? In July, Trump issued his 10-point plan to fix the VA. Number 10 on the list: "Mr. Trump will ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service. These days are over starting January 2017." At the time, we wrote that, while Trump's plan wasn't...
  • Trump Team Floats ‘Public-Private’ Veterans Health Care

    12/29/2016 7:58:46 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/2016 | Charlie Spiering
    President-elect Donald Trump met with health care executives on Wednesday to begin a serious reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I’ve been saying we have to take care of our vets,” Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago after the meetings. “We are working on something to make it great for our veterans, because they are treated very, very unfairly.” Trump met with John Noseworthy, the President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, Paul Rothman, the CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, Dr. David Torchiana of Partners HealthCare and Toby Cosgrove of Cleveland Clinic, according to the...
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs releases health care quality data

    12/24/2016 12:48:12 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/24/16 | Jim Emerson
    This week the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) quietly released the quality-of-care ratings of its 146 medical centers across the country. The previously withheld rating system showed that 120 medical facilities (82 percent) showed improvement and that scandal ridden medical centers continue to struggle. The Phoenix Hospital, the epicenter of the wait-time scandal and the Tomah, Wisconsin facility, painkiller abuse, saw a decrease in performance this year. The performance ratings were released as a result of USA TODAY’s investigative reporting that exposed an internal memo which indicated whether VA hospitals were improving or declining. The story allowed the American public...
  • Trump's Pick for VA Secretary Expected Soon

    12/24/2016 9:57:15 AM PST · by ConsCA · 67 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 23 2016 | Richard Sisk
    President-elect Donald Trump was expected to make his choice for Veterans Affairs Secretary known, possibly today, amid controversy among veterans service organizations over the pick and the direction of the $180 billion-a-year cabinet agency. Trump has been unpredictable during the transition but members of his transition team said earlier this week that the president-elect would be announcing more appointments before Christmas and sources in the veterans community said the VA choice could come Friday. At Mar-a-Lago, Trump's palatial Florida estate and winter retreat, the President-elect met Tuesday with Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, who...
  • Veterans Groups Urge Trump to Keep Obama’s V.A. Secretary

    12/12/2016 7:50:29 PM PST · by usafa92 · 59 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 12/12/2016 | Dave Phillips
    The nation’s largest veterans groups are urging President-elect Donald J. Trump to keep President Obama’s secretary of veterans affairs, Robert A. McDonald, out of concern that his rumored candidates’ inexperience and ideological leanings could cripple the massive veterans health care system. On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump was relentless in his criticism of the Department of Veterans Affairs, calling it “the most corrupt agency in the United States.” Some of the candidates mentioned to head the department have called for sweeping changes to make it easier to fire federal workers and privatize veterans’ health care. But the major veterans groups,...
  • Report: VA hospital left body in shower room for 9 hours

    12/11/2016 5:59:50 PM PST · by digger48 · 15 replies
    WISH ^ | December 11, 2016 | ap
    <p>SEMINOLE, FL (AP) — Staff at a Veterans Affairs hospital in the Tampa Bay, Florida area left a body in a shower for nine hours after a veteran died and proper pickup procedures to the morgue weren’t followed.</p> <p>The Tampa Bay Times on Sunday reported that an internal investigation concluded that staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System failed to provide appropriate post-mortem care to the veteran’s body.</p>
  • Veterans Affairs chief: 'No VA medical facility is bad'

    12/09/2016 6:42:05 PM PST · by kevcol · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 9, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald argued no VA hospital is "bad" in a letter to USA Today on Friday, just one day after the publication exposed an internal rating system that showed several clinics in Texas and Tennessee had received low marks. "To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing," wrote McDonald and Sloan Gibson, his deputy, in a letter that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
  • Virginia Democrat: I Think We Should Have A Gun Registry

    12/08/2016 6:22:35 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/7/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Barbara Favola says she doesn’t want to take away your guns. She just wants to know what you’re packing. The Arlington Democrat is proposing to have the state study whether the registration of firearms in Virginia is feasible, because she believes arming police with a database of gun records would provide them with an additional tool to fight crime. But she knows even a study will draw opposition in Richmond […] “My guess is that there will not be a single Republican who will vote for this bill,” says Sen Richard Black (R-Loudoun). “The whole purpose of [the study]...
  • Gary Sinise should be Romney’s VA secretary, says Gingrich

    12/03/2016 9:59:49 AM PST · by NonValueAdded · 70 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11 July 2012 | Hope Hodge
    If elected president, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney should add some star power by seating Gary Sinise on his cabinet, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Human Events this week in an interview. Gingrich suggested that Romney could make the CSI:NY star, best known for his 1994 breakout role as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, his Secretary of Veterans Affairs, saying Sinise cares deeply for military veterans and could bring fresh eyes to the job.
  • Vietnam Vet Dies with Maggots Crawling in Wound

    12/02/2016 2:16:10 PM PST · by Maudeen · 42 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/2/2016 | WND Breaking News
    4 employees at VA facility resign, charges being considered. Four employees at an Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs facility have resigned after a resident with a maggot-infested wound died while under their care. Vietnam veteran Owen Reese Peterson, 73, initially came to the Talihina Veterans Center with an infection, but ended up with sepsis and died on Oct. 3.
  • It Gets Worse: Dentist at VA Hospital May Have Infected Hundreds of Veterans With HIV

    12/01/2016 10:28:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/01/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    For years veterans across the country have languished in VA hospitals, with thousands dying waiting for care. Suicide hotlines go unanswered and at least one hospital in Illinois, dead bodies were left in the morgue for months. Other hospitals are filled with black mold and roaches. Since the VA scandal broke two years ago, wait times haven't improved. At some hospitals wait times are now double what they were in 2014. But it gets worse. According to a local news report from WEAU News 13, as many as 600 veterans may have been infected with life threatening, lethal and incurable...
  • A solution for healthcare for all.

    11/30/2016 5:24:18 PM PST · by WENDLE · 36 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/30/2016 | self
    I would like to put forward a comprehensive solution to heath care in this country. I invite fierce peer review because I'm just a Freeper like you. I have no apparition of truth. And, from this, many smarter than I, can build. I just see this working.
  • Bureaucratic Tyranny in Trump's Crosshairs

    11/21/2016 3:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 21, 2016 | Karin McQuillan
    Federal bureaucrats have been in a frenzy of activity in Obama's last months of office, pushing through 4,000 new regulations that will cost consumers more than $100 million. As liberal website Politico proudly reported, "Obama's executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president's priorities without congressional interference[.]" Trump has promised to rein in our overreaching bureaucracy through attrition. His rival in the primaries, Jeb Bush, suggested three bureaucrats retire for each new hire. That might save some money, but it will not get the job done of ending corruption and bureaucratic tyranny. We have elected a man famous for...
  • VA drops plans to cover surgery for transgender vets

    11/16/2016 5:45:28 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/2016 | REBECCA KHEEL
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has dropped plans to start covering gender transition surgery for veterans amid concerns about costs. The proposed rule change that would have allowed the VA to pay for such surgeries was withdrawn from the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda, a biannual publication of proposed regulation changes that was due Monday. “VA has been and will continue to explore a regulatory change that would allow VA to perform gender alteration surgery and a change in the medical benefits package, when appropriated funding is available,” the VA said in a statement Monday. VA officials sent a letter dated...
  • McAuliffe Gives 60,000 Felons Voting Rights in Swing State Virginia

    11/08/2016 2:57:48 AM PST · by NYer · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 7, 2016 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has illegally granted voting rights to 60,000 convicted felons in the key swing state of Virginia, a move that could give Hillary Clinton a victory in that state—and possibly the White House—unless supporters of Donald Trump get out to the polls on Election Day. Like many states, the Virginia Constitution provides that if a person commits a felony, with their lawbreaking, they forfeit the right to vote for candidates who will make and enforce those laws. But it also grants the Virginia governor clemency power to pardon criminals and commute sentences, including the power to restore voting...
  • Hillary Clinton’s $500,000 Bribe to the FBI Came Through Virginia – CONFIRMED!

    10/25/2016 2:14:29 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 65 replies
    With more than 50 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents assigned to investigate Hillary Clinton’s criminal use of a private email server, how did she avoid charges? Now, the smoking gun has emerged. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a long-time Clinton insider and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, steered at least $675,000 to the election of the wife of an FBI official involved in the Clinton probe. McAuliffe’s political action committee gave $467,500 to the state senate campaign for FBI agent Andrew McCabe’s wife. He is now the deputy director of the FBI. More money came to her through the Democratic...
  • Bibles Banned! VA Removes Good Book from Clinic

    10/19/2016 9:26:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Todd Starnes.com ^ | October 19, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    A Bible was removed from the waiting room of a Chillicothe Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Athens, Ohio after a veteran complained. “Our government is secular, and must remain secular,” the unidentified veteran wrote. Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, fired off a letter to the medical center on behalf of the veteran – alleging that the presence of the Bible inside a government facility is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Weinstein, a fussy little man with a strong aversion to our Lord, said the Bible’s placement in the waiting room was “illicit and...
  • The homeless Green Beret I met today

    10/17/2016 8:23:11 PM PDT · by pboyington · 13 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 17, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Today, I met a member of the elite US Army Special Forces, the famous Green Berets. He was a veteran who had served in Iraq and in Afghanistan. He is currently homeless. I had just received a free flu shot at the VA and was in the process of getting back into my car, when I heard someone holler over to me. A man in his thirties was standing next to a Ford Fiesta hatchback that was filled to the brim with the assorted odds and ends of life that one packs into a car when you’re planning on living...
  • Feasting on the dead

    10/03/2016 7:43:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/16 | Patrick Hahn
    Gutted: Polypharmacy and the epidemic of suicide among post-9/11 veterans “Hammerhead sharks feasting on the dead make a unique sound.” So says William, a disabled Navy veteran and survivor of a horrifying incident that occurred in the Persian Gulf. At the age of twenty, William enlisted in the Navy and served for six years, working on radar and weapons systems. On 18 November 2001, he was part of a team from the destroyer USS Peterson that boarded the Samra, a suspected oil smuggler sailing under the UAE flag. The Samra capsized on the port side, and William spent the night...
  • Horrifying Disrespect: Bodies of Deceased Veterans Left to Rot Hospital Morgue For Months

    10/01/2016 7:25:14 AM PDT · by GailA · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/01/16 | NA
    Links in article: Things have gotten worse, not better. Wait times have doubled and now, a horrifying report out of Illinois shows bodies of deceased veterans were left in the hospital morgue for months.
  • Horrifying Disrespect: Bodies of Deceased Veterans Left to Rot Hospital Morgue For Months

    09/30/2016 2:19:54 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 30, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Since the Veteran's Affairs scandal broke in 2014, exposing the hospital system and government employees left thousands of veterans on long waiting lists leading to death, the agency has received an increase in spending to deal with the backlog and wait times. Things have gotten worse, not better. Wait times have doubled and now, a horrifying report out of Illinois shows bodies of deceased veterans were left in the hospital morgue for months.
  • Live: Donald J. Trump rally in Roanoke, VA at the Berglund Center. Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET.

    09/24/2016 4:35:00 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 424 replies
    Saturday, September 24, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J. Trump rally in Roanoke, VA at the Berglund Center. Live coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET. Watch the LIVE stream and FULL replay of the event below: Berglund Center
  • Trump to deliver major speech about veterans affairs in Virginia Beach

    09/05/2016 8:11:24 AM PDT · by RayofHope · 5 replies
    ABC News 13 ^ | 09/03/2016 | Staff, WVEC
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Virginia Beach Tuesday. His campaign Web site said an event at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is closed to the public. Republican operative Gary C. Byler of Virginia Beach told 13News Now that Trump will make a major announcement about Veterans Affairs. Byler added that a roundtable discussion with family members of veterans may follow the speech.
  • Poll Analysis: With Virginia now tied, Trump is rapidly closing battleground gap

    09/03/2016 6:02:11 PM PDT · by TheRef · 50 replies
    Political Ref ^ | 9/3/16 | Political Ref
    The shift in Virgina seems rather stunning. Only a few days ago, most pundits, including conservative ones, had written the state off. With the last two polls showing a virtual tie, that analysis is out the window. Pennsylvania is also closing, but still sits at a 6.0 point margin for Hillary, so for now, it will remain out of the index. This shift is significant because Trump can pull into the lead just by bringing Republicans into his tent. He has not been achieving the ninety percent level of Republican support that a GOP candidate typically receives. He has been...
  • Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island

    08/24/2016 7:27:18 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 71 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 · 1,743 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...