Stories tagged: VA
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 9:25 a.m.
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.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
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 …
Thu., June 22, 2017, 12:41 p.m.
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.
Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
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 …
Tue., June 6, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
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 …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 12:40 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 19, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
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 …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:19 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
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.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016
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 …
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 7:23 p.m.
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 …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
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.
Thu., July 7, 2016, 1:08 p.m.
VA puts latest estimate of veteran suicides at 20 per day
WASHINGTON – On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide …
Thu., June 16, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Justices rule against VA in disabled vets contract dispute
The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to comply with a law aimed at increasing the number of federal contracts awarded to small businesses owned by disabled veterans, a unanimous Supreme …
Fri., May 27, 2016, 12:10 p.m.
Wife of VA surgeon found in river believes husband was murdered
Dr. Suzan Marshall continues to question the police explanation for her husband’s death, five months after his body was found floating on the north shore of the Spokane River.
Tue., April 12, 2016, 2:29 p.m.
Mounting number of victims in VA hospital sex abuse scandal
A former physician assistant is accused of using his position to commit sexual battery and other crimes against at least seven patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas, and …
Tue., March 15, 2016, 6:41 p.m.
VA moves to fire three more Phoenix executives in scandal
Three more executives are being fired from the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital where a national scandal erupted two years ago over secret waiting lists and unnecessary deaths, the Department of …
Fri., Aug. 7, 2015
Rally centers on veteran, potential weapons confiscation in Priest River
A group of about 100 people in Priest River, Idaho, lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials plan to confiscate the man’s …
Fri., April 10, 2015
Some VA centers miss wait-time targets
The majority of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Washington are meeting timeliness goals for scheduling doctor visits, but centers in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis have yet to hit their …
Fri., Feb. 20, 2015
Firing of VA hospital director raises other questions
When the Veterans Affairs scandal was breaking last year, there was no delay from politicians and the press in identifying the villain: Sharon Helman. Helman, the former director of the …