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Veterans Administration

Congress announces deal on veterans affairs health fix
www.bbc.co.uk
Veterans affairs leaders in Congress have announced a compromise to help address the problems overwhelming the US veterans healthcare system. [...]
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US Congress to provide $17bn to ease waiting times at VA medical centres
www.theguardian.com
Bipartisan deal announced Monday after negotiations during the weekend to resolve differences in proposed bills [...]
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WSJ’s Congress team takes stock of where things stand on Capitol Hill.
blogs.wsj.com
The Wall Street Journal's Congress team takes stock of where things stand on Capitol Hill a week before the August recess. [...]
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Obama to name Bob McDonald as new VA chief
www.bbc.co.uk
President Barack Obama is to nominate the former head of consumer products giant Procter and Gamble to lead the Department of Veterans' Affairs. [...]
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White House fights to restore veterans’ trust: ‘It’s not going to be quick or easy’
www.theguardian.com
Revelations of misconduct, fraud and abuse by officials in Phoenix has turned up the heat on a beleaguered VA department. Can veterans trust the system ever again? [...]
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Eric Shinseki subpoenaed by House Veterans Affairs Committee
www.washingtontimes.com
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki will testify next week before a Senate committee in the wake of allegations that dozens of veterans died while waiting to receive medical attention. Rumors that a secret electronic wait list, which purportedly shows that information from dozens of veterans was entered into computers at a Phoenix VA facility but not saved, surfaced after a retired doctor told CNN that the clinic kept an official list and a sham list of its patients. [...]
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Despite Obama’s rosy assessment, veterans still wait an average of 300 days for benefits
www.washingtontimes.com
Despite rosy platitudes from President Obama on Veteran’s Day, more than 700,000 former troops remain waiting for medical benefits owed to them from a grateful nation because of a backlogged system that still takes an average of 300 days to navigate. [...]
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Vital Signs: Recent Veterans Struggle With Unemployment
blogs.wsj.com
Americans who have served in the military generally have lower rates of unemployment than those who haven't, but veterans of the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are struggling most. [...]
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Veterans Made America Possible
www.examiner.com
"Whosoever of us lifts his hand in hate against a brother, or who thinks himself superior to those who happen to be in the minority, makes of this ceremony and the bloody sacrifice it commemorates, an empty, hollow mockery.” [...]
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VA needs to improve accuracy of claims decisions, vets tell Congress
www.washingtonpost.com
The nation's largest veterans organization warned lawmakers that mistakes threaten progress on reducing the disability claims backlog. [...]
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