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  • House Passes Bill to Roll Back Obama-Era VA Gun Regulations

    03/24/2017 7:42:03 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 8 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 23, 2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans could regain gun rights The House of Representatives passed a bill last Thursday to amend the process used to determine whether a veteran receiving benefits from the Veterans Administration should be denied their gun rights. The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act would change the process the VA uses to determine which of its beneficiaries are mentally incompetent in a way that disqualifies them from owning firearms. The bill would require a finding by a judge or other judicial authority that the veteran is a danger to himself or others before stripping his gun rights. The...
  • Tammy Baldwin Paid Clinton Lawyer $90K For Crisis Control After VA Scandal

    03/19/2017 1:34:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 19, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) paid Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer $90,000 for crisis control following a Veteran Affairs facility scandal that engulfed the senator and her staff. Baldwin, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, was the only member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive an official federal government inspector general report warning of the over-prescription of narcotics given to veterans at the Tomah VA facility in her state. The abuses at the facility ultimately led to the death of a Marine.A memo was first circulated in 2009 warning of the dangerous amounts of narcotics prescribed to veterans...
  • While VA Hospital Boasted Of 20-Person Transgender Program, 100,000 Vets Lacked 'Safe' Care

    03/17/2017 3:10:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital that touted its program focusing on 20 transgendered individuals failed in caring for the remaining 111,000 veterans on health care essentials like keeping its medical equipment clean and properly training employees, government auditors found. "We could not gain reasonable assurance that clinical managers effectively monitor the professional competency of providers ... patient equipment is clean ... [and] employees ensure a safe and healthy environment," according to the Inspect General (IG) report on the activities at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center released March 13. The hospital in question was the subject of positive...
  • VA Hospital Removes Portraits of Trump & New VA Secy Hung by Vets

    03/15/2017 11:56:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 15, 2017
    When Republican congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast saw that a Florida VA hospital didn't have photographs of President Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin hanging in the lobby, he took action. Mast and a group of local veterans brought portraits of Trump and Shulkin to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and demanded they be installed, and the whole thing was caught on camera. They were successful, but within hours management at the hospital took down the pictures. Their reason? They could not authenticate the photos and they have to follow protocol. A VA spokeswoman said...
  • EXCLUSIVE: VA Watchdog Promised To Stop Misleading Congress, Then Rewrote Report To Hide Misconduct

    03/07/2017 9:34:34 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/06/2017 | Luke Rosiak
    One week after promising to keep Congress and the public “fully and currently” informed, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rewrote a report to remove evidence that a senior VA executive tried to steer a massive government contract to her husband’s employer. Laura Eskenazi, then-vice chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), “misused her public office” by plotting with her husband Jonathan to develop a plan that could lead to a major financial “opportunity” for CACI, a government contractor that employed him. Eskenazi then sought to cover it up with “dubious” claims, according to...
  • VA: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Knife Law Reform

    03/07/2017 6:01:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    ammoland ^ | 26 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 20 February, 2017, Governor McAuliffe (D) Virginia vetoed HB 1432.  The bill would have reformed Virginia law to remove the blanket prohibition on carrying, possessing, trading or selling  of switchblade knives.The law was a holdover from the 1950's when bans on the ownership of switchblade knives swept the nation. The bans were based on groundless hysteria about their supposed use by street gangs. The play “West Side Story” was said to have a role in the passage of these laws.  A federal statute banning the interstate sale of switchblade knives was passed.  From the excellent article by Bernard...
  • Father of Son Killed By Illegal Immigrant on Democrat Booing: ‘I Just Ignore Them, Like They Do Me’

    03/01/2017 10:45:35 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23-1-2017 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday, Jamiel Shaw, father of Jamiel Shaw II, who was a 17-year-old high football player killed by Pedro Espinoza, an illegal immigrant, was interviewed on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” During that appearance, he reacted to boos from Democrats in attendance at President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress to immigration portion of his speech. Shaw criticized those Democrats but added he was going to ignore them as they have ignored him.(snip)
  • VA’s New Chief Of Staff Instructed Employees To Stonewall Congressmen Looking Into Secret Wait Lists

    02/27/2017 6:44:21 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 02/27/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    The new interim chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly ordered employees in 2014 not to disclose information about secret wait lists to members of Congress. The VA released a statement Friday listing Vivieca Wright-Simpson as the interim chief of staff effective Sunday. ... Wright-Simpson was instrumental in blocking an investigation initiated by two Pennsylvanian congressmen, who wanted to know more about veterans waiting years for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA. According to a 2014 report by CNN, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy and Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle felt like the VA was running interference to...
  • Filing for VA increase in disability benefits. Any suggestions?

    02/25/2017 10:36:21 PM PST · by 1_Inch_Group · 36 replies
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  • Tammy Baldwin Quietly Left Committee With Oversight of Scandal-Plagued Wis. VA Facility

    02/25/2017 4:13:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 25, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) has quietly stepped away from the committee that has oversight over a scandal-plagued Wisconsin Veterans Affairs facility, actions some Republicans see as the Democratic senator running from her past failures on the issue. Baldwin served on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee throughout the 114th Congress but does not appear to be on the committee in the 115th Congress, according to its roster. The committee has oversight over the Tomah VA, a VA facility in Wisconsin that was over-prescribing opiates to patients and saw a Marine die from an overdose.A memo, first circulated in...
  • Robert Rosebrock, Unsung, Faithful Hero of Homeless War Vets

    02/24/2017 9:37:26 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/24/17 | Judi McLeod
    God bless Robert Rosebrock who dedicates his lifetime to bring Homeless war vets HOME Like an indelible vision of long-gone soldiers that live forever in the memories of their loved ones, Robert Rosebrock has appeared for more than 500 consecutive Sundays and every Memorial Day since March 9, 2008 outside the gates of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (GLAVA) park calling public attention to America’s abandoned homeless veterans. It’s a tragic pictorial of homeless and hungry war veterans coming to peer longingly through the gates at what is rightfully theirs through a wrought iron fence.
  • VA Whistleblower Sends Urgent Letter to President Trump

    02/23/2017 10:13:10 AM PST · by blueyon · 6 replies
    DML DennisMichaelLynch ^ | 2/22/17 | A. DeSimone
    A Veteran’s Affairs (VA) “whistleblower” has reported that the VA is on the verge of throwing out “over 500,000” veteran’s applications because of errors made during the Obama administration. Scott Davis is a well-known VA whistleblower and program specialist at the VA’s National Health Eligibility Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, who has previously testified before Congress. Davis wrote an urgent letter to President Trump making the nearly-incredulous claim that, unless Trump quickly steps in to intervene, the Veteran’s Administration plans to throw out “more than 500,000” veteran’s applications in March. According to Davis, the reason the VA wants to declare the...
  • Unanimous: Senate Confirms Dr. David Shulkin to Take over Veterans Affairs

    02/14/2017 4:48:13 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Neil W. McCabe
    Every Democrat joined every Republican in voting to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as the next man to run the Department of Veterans Affairs in a 100-0 vote. Speaking on the Senate floor shortly before the vote, Sen. Susan Collins (R.-Maine) said she was thrilled by Shulkin’s nomination, and it was one of the few things Republicans and Democrats have agreed on recently. Collins said that she was especially impressed when Shulkin kept a commitment he made to her in a private meeting and visited the only veterans hospital in Maine with her. “I was truly impressed and remain truly impressed...
  • VA Employees Charged With Stealing Prescription Drugs To Sell On The Street

    02/09/2017 12:08:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/9/17 | Jonah Bennett
    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have been charged with stealing prescription medications like oxycodone and Viagra to sell on the street.Satishkumar Patel, Alisha Pagan and Nikita Neal have all been charged with conspiring together to steal and distribute highly addictive drugs, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, Christopher Thyer said in a press release. Thyer is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.Out of the three, Patel and Pagan are staring down additional charges, including intent to deliver oxycodone, THV11 reports.Management at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System complained to the VA inspector general that large quantities of drugs were disappearing from...
  • VA Gov. McAuliffe panders to Muslims

    02/07/2017 6:29:54 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 22 replies
    This past Friday, I visited a mosque in Sterling, VA to meet and hear from members our Virginia Muslim community. After a week of seeing hateful and divisive rhetoric coming from our executive branch, I thought it was important to make sure that those who might feel targeted right now know that the views of President Trump don’t speak for all of us. So today I’m asking you to sign your name to tell our every member of our Muslim and refugee community that they are welcomed in Virginia! I want members of our Muslim community to know that we...
  • VA Democrats call Republican Delegates "cheaters"....because....

    02/07/2017 6:12:55 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 16 replies
    From a friend....
    With everything going on in Richmond and Washington, you may have missed this, but it’s important: Republicans in the House of Delegates just passed a bill to make it more difficult to vote in the Commonwealth. The GOP voted along party lines to require proof of citizenship in order to vote -- something that courts have said is unlawful at the federal level. Not only that, but they argued for the bill using the same lies about “voter fraud” that Donald Trump has been using. But we know the truth: Voter fraud is a myth, and Republican laws that claim...
  • The VA has no idea how much time employees spend “working” on union business

    02/06/2017 7:57:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The public employee unions have a pretty sweet deal with the government which is very similar to the benefits enjoyed by their civilian counterparts. Some of their workers are authorized to spend a certain amount of what’s known as “official time” conducting union business while they’re on the clock and supposedly doing the business of the taxpayers. There are supposed to be limits on this benefit, but in agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Department, just how much of this is going on? Don’t ask the agency’s administrators because it turns out that they have no way of tracking...
  • Contact VA Senators Warner and Kaine over nominations

    02/05/2017 4:33:34 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    Please take a moment and urge our VA liberal senators Warner and Kaine to SUPPORT President Trump's nominees of Gorsuch, DeVos and Sessions! https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactpage https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact
  • Change: Heads finally begin rolling at Veterans Administration?

    01/26/2017 7:37:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Has accountability finally arrived at the Veterans Administration? According to the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, a new approach to personnel management at the beleaguered bureaucracy has begun, and it coincidentally arrived on Inauguration Day. Or perhaps not so coincidentally: Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way.One is the hospital’s CEO, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered an employee $305,000 to quit after she played a role in exposing his drug arrest.“Mr. DeWayne...
  • Days Into Trump Admin, Corrupt Employees Are Already Being Fired At The VA

    01/24/2017 3:46:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way.
  • Missing New Jersey family members found alive in Virginia

    12/29/2016 9:09:57 AM PST · by Lurkinanloomin · 37 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/29/2106 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter have been found alive in secluded woods in rural Virginia, apparently stranded there for days after disappearing on a holiday road trip, authorities said.
  • 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 · 27 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...