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Inspectors Find VA Regional Office in Roanoke Manipulated Appeals Data to Achieve Performance Goals

Acting on an anonymous allegation that staff members at the Roanoke VA Regional Office were falsifying data to meet production goals, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation in 2016. On December 5, 2017, the OIG released its report, confirming that staff had manipulated records to give the false impression they were… Read More »

New Generation of Veterans Sickened by Toxic Burn Pits

New Generation of Veterans Sickened by Toxic Burn Pits

What Agent Orange was to the Vietnam War generation, toxic burn pits might be to Gulf War–era service members. The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that “nearly 120,000 people…have registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs because of health problems they blame on their exposure to burn pits.” In remote areas of Iraq and Afghanistan,… Read More »

VA Fails to Protect Public from Potentially Dangerous Doctors

VA Fails to Protect Public from Potentially Dangerous Doctors

The Government Accountability Office has reported that five unnamed VA hospitals failed to fulfill requirements to report potentially dangerous healthcare providers to a national database and to state licensing authorities. That means doctors and dentists whose substandard care harmed patients were able to leave and cross state lines without their new employers or new patients… Read More »

VA Exposed for Knowingly Hiring Doctors with Histories of Malpractice and Discipline

VA Exposed for Knowingly Hiring Doctors with Histories of Malpractice and Discipline

USA Today recently published an account of its own investigation into hiring practices at Veterans Affairs facilities throughout the country that revealed a pattern of hiring doctors who had been sanctioned for malpractice and ethics violations. Some of the hirings were in fact illegal, because federal law prohibits the VA from hiring physicians whose licenses… Read More »

Donald Marcari book release

Prominent Veterans’ Benefits Lawyer Pens Military Court Thriller

Prominent veterans benefits attorney Don Marcari, whose first case as a JAG lawyer inspired the film A Few Good Men, recently published a suspense novel about a Navy court-martial, based on an actual case. Reader reviews on Amazon for Conduct Unbecoming are so far unanimous in their five-star appraisal. Mr. Marcari’s military court drama follows… Read More »

VA’s New Wait-List Scandal: Delays in Seeing Outside Doctors

VA’s New Wait-List Scandal: Delays in Seeing Outside Doctors

A recent report by Fox News exposed a simmering scandal at the Shreveport VA hospital, where, according to a whistleblower, more than 2,900 veterans are waiting to see non-VA doctors, which is their right under the Veterans Choice Program. Three years ago, clinical social worker Shea Wilkes revealed a secret wait-list of 2,700 veterans seeking… Read More »

Vets Walking Across the Country Plan to Arrive in D.C. on Veterans Day

Vets Walking Across the Country Plan to Arrive in D.C. on Veterans Day

A group of vets who began a cross-country walk in June to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide among veterans is set to reach its destination on Veterans Day.  The vets who make up Walk of Life left Santa Monica, California, on June 16 with a plan to make it to Washington, D.C.,… Read More »

VA Secretary Suggests Cut to Unemployability Benefit

VA Secretary Suggests Cut to Unemployability Benefit

Asserting that it doesn’t make sense to average Americans to pay unemployment benefits to persons 80 years of age and older, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has proposed cutting the Individual Unemployability benefit for disabled veterans once they qualify for Social Security. According to the Daily Courier, the mere suggestion of cuts to IU has… Read More »

President Trump Signs VA Whistleblower Law

President Trump Signs VA Whistleblower Law

Surrounded by veterans representing various advocacy groups, President Trump recently signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The act grants additional protections to VA personnel who come forward to report corruption, abuse, and inefficiency within the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is an important reform to an agency with… Read More »

Iraq War Fund to Compensate Vets Injured by Explosive Devices

The deadliest threat U.S. military personnel faced in the Afghan and Iraq wars came from improvised explosive devices and other explosive weaponry supplied by agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But how could a nation, buckling under the weight of international sanctions, finance insurgents in two large-scale wars? The answer, terribly enough, was that… Read More »