As the partial government shutdown continues for a third week, veterans groups are sounding the alarm because of what they say is the disproportionate impact on America's veterans and a growing fear that financial uncertainty could lead to self-harm. - ABC News An estimated one-third of the federal workforce is made up of veterans, according to the Office of Personnel … [Read more...] about America’s veterans said to be disproportionately affected by government shutdown
"Veterans are pushed through the claims process so fast. VA examiners might do an exam for orthopedic disabilities, the next one may be hearing loss. The next one may be some other type of disability. And when you’re a physician’s assistant doing that for a living, the odds of you having any real knowledge of complicated exposures, such as burn pits, it’s not likely." Kerry … [Read more...] about Iraq and Afghan war vets exposed to toxic air struggle for breath — and a diagnosis | PBS NewsHour
Why the OIG Did This Review The OIG conducted this review to determine whether Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees required disabled veterans to submit to unwarranted medical reexaminations.1 VBA employees have authority to request reexaminations for veterans “whenever VA determines there is a need to verify either the continued existence or the current … [Read more...] about Unwarranted Medical Reexaminations for Disability Benefits VA OIG 17-04966-201
The Vet Center is one consistent bright light in my history with VA. The moment I walked into the Vet Center I felt the difference, I felt welcomed, appreciated and respected. My therapists there guided me through some of the most difficult years of my life. Because of the work I did there and the years of patience from my therapist to let me go at my own pace I have a shot at … [Read more...] about Crisis in counseling: How VA leadership is driving combat veteran counselors to burnout
So many stories of VA not doing right by their veterans. Here's another this time, Bay Pines VA. When a hospital has to pause surgeries there is clearly something that went wrong. The OIG investigated a complaint that a thoracic surgeon was incompetent and while the OIG did not substantiate that the surgeon was incompetent though 3 veterans died within weeks while in post op … [Read more...] about Bay Pines VA another incompetence concern – 3 veterans die after thoracic surgery.