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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 6:42 a.m.

Spokane veterans medical center stops media tour with Cathy McMorris Rodgers to avoid violating federal election law

An attempted media tour to accompany U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers through the new urgent care clinic at the VA Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center on Tuesday was halted by VA leadership …


Nick Etten: Rescue the returned: Medical cannabis could save veterans’ lives

As we take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we also should remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who fought …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Trump nominates acting VA secretary Wilkie for permanent job

In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said Friday he’ll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department.


Researching medical marijuana for veterans faces more White House hurdles

As scientists try to research the medical benefits of marijuana, a simple problem has emerged: How do you research marijuana if no one can produce it under federal law?


Andrew J. Cohen: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much

“A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health-care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Johnson’s remarks are …


House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge

A House committee approved a wide-ranging plan Tuesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its troubled …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

Trump says Democrat should quit over VA nomination brouhaha

A furious President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the resignation of the Democratic senator who assembled and released what he called “false” allegations that scuttled the nomination of the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

Trump’s VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew Thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White …


New Veterans Affairs clinic opens in eastern Idaho

A new Department of Veteran Affairs clinic opened in eastern Idaho that aims to serve 1,000 more veterans than before.


Veterans hospital officials removed over care allegations

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has removed two top officials at New Hampshire’s only veterans hospital and ordered a review of the facility starting Monday amid allegations of “dangerously substandard …


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for veterans’ care

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an …


White House: Trump to sign VA accountability bill on Friday

The White House says President Donald Trump will sign a bill Friday to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.


Lawmakers scold VA as they seek to fix its sudden budget gap

The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion …


Senate poised to make firing VA employees easier

The Senate is poised to approve legislation to make firing employees easier for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s part of an accountability effort urged by President Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Mon., May 29, 2017, 7:22 p.m.

Drug thefts continue at VA hospitals despite new efforts

Federal authorities have launched dozens of new criminal investigations into possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn’t going …


VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, even while acknowledging his department isn’t …


Lawmakers reach deal on legislation to make it easier to fire VA employees

Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to take swift action to fire employees, an overhaul of long-guaranteed …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Veterans Affairs boss says he may close 1,100 VA facilities

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical …


VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a …


Trump extends private-sector health care program for veterans

President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president …


VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans’ wait times

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain will reduce some of its strain in providing urgent care to about 120,000 veterans who receive …


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Judge exonerates veteran taken down for bringing service dog into VA

Shadow, the service dog, got her day in court. Her handler, 60-year-old veteran Danny Ralph, was found not guilty Wednesday on a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from his takedown …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Veterans, McMorris Rodgers battle VA over access to exercise room

The aging veterans sit in camp chairs inside a pop-up awning with makeshift blue-tarp walls. A propane heater makes it liveable as the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans began …


VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even …


Trump taps Obama official as VA secretary

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has tapped David Shulkin, a physician who is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA under secretary, to lead the Department of …


Inquiry finds ‘gross mismanagement’ in costly VA hospital

Gross mismanagement, delays and lax oversight by the Veterans Affairs Department added hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new Denver-area VA hospital, federal investigators said Wednesday.


Woman’s 13,000 hours helping veterans leads to award

Jeannie Kyle is the person in charge of scheduling those 48 drivers and nine vans, and she’s racked up some impressive statistics, too. In August, the 62-year-old hospital service coordinator …


House panel subpoenas VA over Colorado hospital overruns, artwork

Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs for documents on how the cost of a Denver-area …


Obama to veterans: Strides made in services but more work to do

President Barack Obama said Monday the U.S. has made serious strides in improving services for military veterans, but work remains to overcome shortcomings in the delivery of health care, housing …


ER doctors remain elusive for Spokane VA

The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center hasn’t made any progress in recruiting emergency room physicians and will continue to operate an urgent care facility for the foreseeable future.