Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, October 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 61° Partly Cloudy

Tags


Everything tagged


Sort by:

Stories tagged: va


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Spokane VA to temporarily close ER overnight

The Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center will close its emergency department overnight beginning Dec. 1. It’s a temporary measure to address a shortage of ER doctors, said Megan Crowley, spokeswoman …


Audit shows ‘smoke and mirrors’ of vets’ care

When Sharon Helman – former director of the Spokane VA hospital – arrived at the Phoenix VA hospital in 2012, her priority was clear: Reduce wait times and eliminate the …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane veterans’ hospital struggles with specialty care

Doctor shortages in the optometry services have been the primary reason for longer-than-usual wait lists at Spokane’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center this summer, and none of the waits has involved …


Shawn Vestal: Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center shortens wait times

As the VA has begun closely auditing wait times across the nation, some concrete figures about access to care at Spokane’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center have emerged. The Spokane hospital …


Appointment maneuvers at VA were prohibited in 2010 memo

WASHINGTON – Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at …


VA mental health delays ‘unacceptable’

Military veterans are waiting an average of 80 days to meet with a mental health care provider at the Spokane VA Medical Center, falling far short of the 14-day goal …


Fewer veteran suicides reported

The number of suicides among veterans in the Spokane region dropped dramatically last year, according to newly released records. In response to a Spokesman-Review request for information, the Spokane Veterans …


VA staff makes holidays warmer for some veterans’ families

Veterans’ families whose Christmas holiday looked bleak a few weeks ago were surprised with donated gifts and food Wednesday from employees at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


Build in care for veterans

Former Marine Chad Olson listed his favorite book on his MySpace page. It was called “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” Last weekend Olson and his wife, Jessica Armstrong, …


Idaho man pleads guilty to fraud

A financial scandal hatched more than 30 years ago by a man who lied about being paralyzed ended this week with a guilty plea that could send him to prison …


Veterans exposed to incorrect drug doses

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee demanded Wednesday that the VA explain how it allowed software glitches to put the medical care of patients at …