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Air Force Times
Lawmakers eye ever-growing VA budgetLawmakers warned Veterans Affairs officials Wednesday not to assume they’ll con
Lawmakers eye ever-growing VA budget
Air Force Times / Posted 16 hours ago
Lawmakers warned Veterans Affairs officials Wednesday not to assume they’ll continue to see their budget grow unchecked, especially in light of recent criticisms of department spending. The department has seen budget increases each of the last 16... Read more
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KCEN-TV
House Votes to Scale Back GI Bill Housing Stipend for Military Kids(Military Times) -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill tha
House Votes to Scale Back GI Bill Housing Stipend for Military Kids
KCEN-TV / Posted 17 hours ago
(Military Times) -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would cut, by half, the housing stipend for children of service members going to school with transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The reduction, which would not... Read more
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Air Force Times
House passes flurry of veterans bills, bigger deal could be loomingLawmakers could be headed towards a veterans omnibus bill covering a host of he
House passes flurry of veterans bills, bigger deal could be looming
Air Force Times / Posted 20 hours ago
Lawmakers could be headed towards a veterans omnibus bill covering a host of health, education and employment issues after House members passed a package of nine veterans-themed measures Tuesday evening. The flurry of legislation came after a day of... Read more
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Denver Post
Oversight of VA advancesWASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday approved a bill to increase oversight and man
Oversight of VA advances
Denver Post / Posted yesterday
WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital in Aurora nearly tripled original cost estimates. The bill requires... Read more
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The Columbian
House approves tightening controls on VA constructionWASHINGTON — The House approved a bill Tuesday to increase oversight and manage
House approves tightening controls on VA construction
The Columbian / Posted yesterday
WASHINGTON — The House approved a bill Tuesday to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates. The bill requires the VA... Read more
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Air Force Times
GI Bill housing stipend cut for military kids passes House of RepresentativesThe House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would cut, by half
GI Bill housing stipend cut for military kids passes House of Representatives
Air Force Times / Posted yesterday
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would cut, by half, the housing stipend for children of service members going to school with transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The reduction, which would not apply to benefits... Read more
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Air Force Times
Another big VA boost in FY17 budget requestThe Department of Veterans Affairs would receive another big boost in discretio
Another big VA boost in FY17 budget request
Air Force Times / Posted yesterday
The Department of Veterans Affairs would receive another big boost in discretionary spending in fiscal 2017 under the $4.1 trillion federal budget unveiled by the White House on Tuesday. The spending plan — the last of Barack Obama’s presidency —... Read more
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Air Force Times
Proposal cuts dependents' GI Bill housing stipend in half. House vote expected TuesdayMilitary dependents using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits would see thei
Proposal cuts dependents' GI Bill housing stipend in half. House vote expected Tuesday
Air Force Times / Posted 2 days ago
Military dependents using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits would see their housing stipends cut in half under legislation being considered Tuesday by the House of Representatives. That stipend is one of the most valuable parts of the Post-9/11... Read more
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The Hill
Week ahead: Pentagon to unveil budget wish listPresident Obama will officially release his budget request in the coming week,
Week ahead: Pentagon to unveil budget wish list
The Hill / Posted 2 days ago
President Obama will officially release his budget request in the coming week, and defense hawks are preparing for a showdown. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been previewing the Pentagon's $582.7 billion section of the proposal. Among the... Read more
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Denver Post
Coffman: The twin crisis of veterans' mental health and suicideIn April 1991, I returned home from serving as a light armored infantry officer
Coffman: The twin crisis of veterans' mental health and suicide
Denver Post / Posted 4 days ago
In April 1991, I returned home from serving as a light armored infantry officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in the first Gulf War. The unit was the first battalion to engage Iraqi forces inside of Kuwait. We did so for three days prior to the main... Read more
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Kansas City InfoZine
Hepatitis C Curing Drug Inaccessible to Veterans By Tia Rinehart - Veterans are missing out on a cure for hepatitis C because
Hepatitis C Curing Drug Inaccessible to Veterans
Kansas City InfoZine / Posted 6 days ago
By Tia Rinehart - Veterans are missing out on a cure for hepatitis C because of the cost of the drug – a drug that a Department of Veterans’ Affairs research employee created. Washington, DC -... Read more
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The Columbian
Veterans’ families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestonesEXETER, R.I. — Families of those buried in Rhode Island’s veterans’ cemetery sa
Veterans’ families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestones
The Columbian / Posted 7 days ago
EXETER, R.I. — Families of those buried in Rhode Island’s veterans’ cemetery say that using the grounds as a dog park is disrespectful to the fallen, and they’re battling pet owners over access to the property. Unlike many state veterans’ cemeteries... Read more
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WTOC 11 Savannah
Veterans' families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestonesEXETER, R.I. (AP) - Families of those buried in Rhode Island's veterans' cemete
Veterans' families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestones
WTOC 11 Savannah / Posted 7 days ago
EXETER, R.I. (AP) - Families of those buried in Rhode Island's veterans' cemetery say that using the grounds as a dog park is disrespectful to the fallen, and they're battling pet owners over access to the property. Unlike many state veterans'... Read more
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Your Hometown Lima Stations
Veterans' families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestonesEXETER, R.I. (AP) - Families of those buried in Rhode Island's veterans' cemete
Veterans' families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestones
Your Hometown Lima Stations / Posted 7 days ago
EXETER, R.I. (AP) - Families of those buried in Rhode Island's veterans' cemetery say that using the grounds as a dog park is disrespectful to the fallen, and they're battling pet owners over access to the property. Unlike many state veterans'... Read more
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Air Force Times
Appeals judges reverse punishment for senior VA execsVeterans Affairs officials' attempt to punish a pair of high-ranking executives
Appeals judges reverse punishment for senior VA execs
Air Force Times / Posted 8 days ago
Veterans Affairs officials' attempt to punish a pair of high-ranking executives over mismanagement issues has been knocked down by appeals judges who ruled the department’s other disciplinary moves have been too inconsistent to justify punishing... Read more
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Marshall Independent
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scamWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam
Marshall Independent / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens... Read more
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TribLIVE
Judge reverses VA demotions in ‘tragic comedy’Judge reverses VA demotions in 'tragic comedy' | TribLIVE.com Neighborhoods J
Judge reverses VA demotions in ‘tragic comedy’
TribLIVE / Posted 9 days ago
Judge reverses VA demotions in 'tragic comedy' | TribLIVE.com Neighborhoods Judge reverses VA demotions in 'tragic comedy' WASHINGTON — Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials... Read more
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ABC 7 Gulfshore News
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scamWASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens... Read more
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WTRF Wheeling
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scamWASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam
WTRF Wheeling / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens... Read more
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Your Hometown Lima Stations
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scamWASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam
Your Hometown Lima Stations / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens... Read more
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KTTC Rochester
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scamWASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of
Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam
KTTC Rochester / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens... Read more
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Daily Herald
Judge overturns demotion of VA official accused in job scamWASHINGTON -- A judge has overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans A
Judge overturns demotion of VA official accused in job scam
Daily Herald / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON -- A judge has overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote a senior official accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for her own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves, director of a St. Paul, Minnesota,... Read more
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Air Force Times
Judge overturns demotion of VA official accused in job scamWASHINGTON — A judge has overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans Af
Judge overturns demotion of VA official accused in job scam
Air Force Times / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON — A judge has overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote a senior official accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for her own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves, director of a St. Paul, Minnesota,... Read more
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Your Hometown Lima Stations
Judge overturns demotion of VA official accused in job scamWASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has overturned a decision by the Department of Vetera
Judge overturns demotion of VA official accused in job scam
Your Hometown Lima Stations / Posted 9 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote a senior official accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for her own gain. The VA demoted Kimberly Graves, director of a St. Paul,... Read more
55 related stories
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Air Force Times
Hepatitis C drug maker is price-gouging, GOP lawmaker saysThe chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee has accused the makers of
Hepatitis C drug maker is price-gouging, GOP lawmaker says
Air Force Times / Posted 14 days ago
The chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee has accused the makers of hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir of opportunism and price-gouging for charging the U.S. government up to $68,000 for a treatment regimen that costs about $1,400 to... Read more
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Ventura County Star
Brownley says U.S. needs to do more to establish stability in AfghanistanWASHINGTON — Just back from a congressional fact-finding trip to Afghanistan, R
Brownley says U.S. needs to do more to establish stability in Afghanistan
Ventura County Star / Posted 15 days ago
WASHINGTON — Just back from a congressional fact-finding trip to Afghanistan, Rep. Julia Brownley said her largest takeaway was that progress is being made but "we need a more comprehensive, longer-term strategy" if the goal is a stable country. The... Read more
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Air Force Times
Student veterans announce 2017 'NatCon' — 7 takeaways from this year's conferenceEditor's note: If you're part of a student veterans club and didn't make it to
Student veterans announce 2017 'NatCon' — 7 takeaways from this year's conference
Air Force Times / Posted 17 days ago
Editor's note: If you're part of a student veterans club and didn't make it to Student Veterans of America's recent 'NatCon' National Conference at Disney World, here's what happened, courtesy of a student veteran. We know a lot of campus clubs don't... Read more
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The Record Searchlight
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellenceWASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disput
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence
The Record Searchlight / Posted 19 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence." McDonald told the... Read more
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KESQ Palm Springs
Congressman Ruiz interview on helping homeless veteransLocal Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz(D) appeared on News Channel 3 at 6 Thursday to
Congressman Ruiz interview on helping homeless veterans
KESQ Palm Springs / Posted 20 days ago
Local Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz(D) appeared on News Channel 3 at 6 Thursday to discuss helping homeless veterans. On Wednesday, Ruiz participated in a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing held at Riverside Community College. Ruiz says there... Read more
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Jefferson City News Tribune
VA chief to Congress: You can’t fire your way to excellenceWASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disput
VA chief to Congress: You can’t fire your way to excellence
Jefferson City News Tribune / Posted 20 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn’t dismissed enough employees, saying, “You can’t fire your way to excellence.” McDonald told the... Read more
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The Tampa Tribune
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellenceWASHINGTON (AP) � Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disput
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence
The Tampa Tribune / Posted 20 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) � Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence." McDonald told the... Read more
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ABC 7 Gulfshore News
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellenceWASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disput
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 20 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence." McDonald told the... Read more
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WECT 6 Wilmington
WECT one step closer to obtaining public records request from VAWECT is one step closer to receiving non-redacted copies of the lease agreement
WECT one step closer to obtaining public records request from VA
WECT 6 Wilmington / Posted 20 days ago
WECT is one step closer to receiving non-redacted copies of the lease agreements for nine VA clinics in Southeastern North Carolina. Congressman Walter Jones' office talked Thursday with Barbara Swailes, the director of the VA Freedom of Information... Read more
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Orange County Register
VA chief to Congress: 'You can't fire your way to excellence'WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed cl
VA chief to Congress: 'You can't fire your way to excellence'
Orange County Register / Posted 20 days ago
WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn’t dismissed enough employees, saying, “You can’t fire your way to excellence.” McDonald told the Senate... Read more
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Philly.com
VA chief to Congress: 'You can't fire you way to excellence'The agency has "a lot of work to do to reach that goal, but we are making progr
VA chief to Congress: 'You can't fire you way to excellence'
Philly.com / Posted 20 days ago
The agency has "a lot of work to do to reach that goal, but we are making progress," McDonald said, noting that the VA increased the number of health care appointments by more 1.2 million last year, completing 96 percent of those within 30 days of... Read more
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ABC 7 Gulfshore News
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellenceWASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald refuted claims by
VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 20 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald refuted claims by members of Congress Thursday that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence." McDonald told the Senate... Read more
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The Morning Call
VA fails to clear veterans' claims backlogFor two years, the Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly bragged about how
VA fails to clear veterans' claims backlog
The Morning Call / Posted 21 days ago
For two years, the Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly bragged about how it was chipping away at the backlog of disability claims from veterans. The agency said it was nearing its goal of eliminating the backlog by the end of 2015. The House... Read more
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WECT 6 Wilmington
7 months after public records request, WECT still waiting on VAIt’s been 7 months since WECT first requested copies of the lease agreements fo
7 months after public records request, WECT still waiting on VA
WECT 6 Wilmington / Posted 21 days ago
It’s been 7 months since WECT first requested copies of the lease agreements for 9 VA clinics in the greater Wilmington area. Despite intervention from our Congressmen, and an appeal submitted by our attorney last summer, the VA has yet to provide... Read more
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Air Force Times
VA San Diego failed to monitor, treat veteranA new Veterans Affairs Inspector General report faults the Veterans Affairs San
VA San Diego failed to monitor, treat veteran
Air Force Times / Posted 29 days ago
A new Veterans Affairs Inspector General report faults the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System for failing to care for a patient with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder before he took his own life on a California gun... Read more

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