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Support organization seeks volunteer drivers to transport veterans

Most of the veterans who need a lift to Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center don’t talk about what they did in the military, but they often talk about the far away …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Pence: ‘The Bible stays’ at veterans hospital facing lawsuit

Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on a First-Amendment lawsuit challenging a Bible on display at a New Hampshire veterans hospital, saying under the current administration, “VA hospitals will not …


Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city’s future

Since the Veterans Affairs moved out of a sprawling campus on the edge of the small Iowa city of Knoxville a decade ago, local leaders have become increasingly anxious about …


Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …


VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday promised to try to speed up payments to thousands of veterans after delays caused by information technology problems.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Veterans Affairs’ Wilkie coming to Spokane for family military summit

Fairchild Air Force Base will host Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie later this month as he takes part in the Congressional Military Family Summit.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

Veterans Affairs secretary vows not to privatize agency

The new secretary of Veterans Affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won’t privatize his agency’s health care services even as it increases options for veterans to …


Then and Now: Baxter General Hospital

As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …


Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to lead VA

WASHINGTON – The Senate easily confirmed Robert Wilkie on Monday as the 10th secretary of Veterans Affairs, elevating the top Pentagon official and Washington insider to lead an agency that …


Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling …


Senate panel OKs Trump’s pick to lead troubled VA

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Veterans Affairs, a department beset by political infighting and turmoil over providing health care.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

Trump’s pick to head VA: Time to ‘shake up’ department

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs is promising to “shake up complacency” at the struggling department by expanding private care to better meet the growing health needs of …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

Low-key Washington insider makes a bid to fix struggling VA

Modest and low-key, Robert Wilkie was hastily dispatched to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs after a furious President Donald Trump fired Secretary David Shulkin amid political infighting at the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018

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.


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 …


It’s Trump vs. Tester in Big Sky Country

With a flat-top haircut, three missing fingers and an impressive girth, Sen. Jon Tester has somehow kept a low profile in Congress. That’s until he caught the attention of Americans …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018

Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018

Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick

A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson – President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs – found that he and a rival physician …


HUD and Veterans Affairs grant $5 million in vouchers

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs say they will give almost $5 million in vouchers to public housing authorities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

VA pick impressed Trump when he gave glowing health report

Jackson, the president’s personal physician and surprise choice to lead the massive Department of Veterans Affairs, stood before the White House press corps in January to announce the results of …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Trump fires Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin

President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin Wednesday in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency, and nominated White House doctor …


AP sources: Trump plans to oust Shulkin as VA secretary

Three Trump administration officials tell the Associated Press that President Donald Trump is planning to oust embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018

Watchdog report: Failed VA leadership put patients at risk

“Failed leadership” at the Department of Veterans Affairs during the Obama years put patients at a major hospital at risk, an internal probe finds – another blow to Secretary David …


Spokane Transit Authority prepares to build new garage, service building

Spokane Transit Authority has been issued permits to build a $10.7 million garage northwest of the transportation agency’s main offices and existing bus barn.


$1.4 million renovation of downtown Veterans Affairs building complete

The $1.4 million remodel of the Veterans Affairs building near downtown Spokane is complete.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure …


Practices at Billings VA dental clinic led to delayed care

Practices at the Billings Veterans Affairs dental clinic led to delays in care and in some cases risked patients’ health, according to a federal investigation.


VA abruptly drops plan to suspend ethics law

The Department of Veterans Affairs has abruptly dropped plans to suspend an ethics law barring employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges. The move comes after harsh criticism from government …