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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 & Afghan 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 »

Huntington, WV 9/11 Memorial to Open on Patriot Day, 2017

Huntington, WV 9/11 Memorial to Open on Patriot Day, 2017

Following enactment of bipartisan legislation in the winter of 2001, the first Patriot Day was observed on September 11, 2002. Then with passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, the president has each year proclaimed September 11 to be Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. The exercises of… Read More »

UC San Diego MFA candidates work with veterans in the playwriting workshop.

La Jolla Workshop Nurtures Veteran Playwrights

Reporting recently for Southern California Public Radio, Hannah Harris Green visited a theater workshop at the famed La Jolla Playhouse outside San Diego, where veterans come together to write stage projects. Iraq War veteran and playwright Maurice DeCaul began the workshop and others around the country with a grant from the Theater Communications Group. When… Read More »

VA’s Improper Payments Are Getting Worse

No End in Sight for Improper VA Payments

In May, James Clark, writing for Task and Purpose, told readers, “The Department of Veterans Affairs cost taxpayers $5.5 billion dollars in improper payments last year.” That estimate came from a report by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, and it represents an increase of $500 million from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Clark’s analysis… Read More »