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February 9, 2018

Sen. Baldwin Failed to Protect Veterans at the Tomah VA

Tomah, Wis., has been the sight of multiple Department of Veterans Affairs scandals over the years.    The facility earned the nickname “Candy Land” for the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed to patients there. The number of prescribed oxycodone pills skyrocketed from 78,000 to 712,000 between 2005 and 2012. One patient died from mixed-drug toxicity during his stay in the Tomah psychiatric ward.  Last year, the VA’s inspector general confirmed that a dentist at the Tomah VA… Read more »

February 1, 2018

Encouraging Ideas on Veterans Choice Coming from Washington

Lawmakers in Washington are still trying to agree on an effective plan to overhaul the Veterans Choice Program and reform the Veterans Health Administration.   While agreeing on the best way to serve veterans is proving to be a chore for Congress, encouraging input came from the White House last week.   The Trump administration outlined the need to expand health… Read more »

January 23, 2018

#VAFail: Doctor Leaves Scalpel in Veteran, Causing Him Years of Pain

In 2013, Glenford Turner, an Army veteran, had surgery at the Veterans Affairs hospital in West Haven, CT. But even after recovering from the surgery, Turner experienced abdominal pain. VA doctors couldn’t figure out what was causing the problem, and Turner suffered for the next four years. Then, in 2017, Turner underwent an MRI—and the… Read more »

January 11, 2018

The VA Says It Will Step Up Efforts to Pay Community Providers

The Department of Veterans Affairs has started the new year with an encouraging initiative. The VA announced it intends to more quickly address payment owed to community providers. The lack of management over this process has caused significant delays and problems for both providers and the veterans they serve. The Veterans Choice Program was implemented… Read more »

December 22, 2017

Spending Problems, VA “House of Horrors” and Helping Out Poorly Performing Doctors Anyway They Can: 2017 #VAFails in Review

The Department of Veterans Affairs failures did not slow down at the end of 2017. The last few months of the year were rife with data manipulation, malpractice, wasted funds and more unofficial wait lists. September A former employee at the Memphis VA referred to the hospital as a “house of horrors.” The facility has… Read more »

December 21, 2017

Veterans Die While Waiting for Appointments, Operating Rooms Infested with Flies and the Return of a Fired VA Director: 2017 #VAFails in Review

If you were shocked by the first part of this series, hold on tight. #VAFails during the summer of 2017 range from patient deaths to cockroach-infested food. There were a few bright spots for the Department of Veterans Affairs in bringing more accountability to the department. In late April, the president signed an executive order… Read more »

December 20, 2017

Mismanaged Death Benefits, Insulting Vets and a Toxic VA Facility in the Nation’s Capital: 2017 #VAFails in Review

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s important to reflect back on the year. What went wrong? What went right? What can be done better heading into 2018? At the Department of Veterans Affairs, some big changes were made for the better, but a whole lot went wrong. Poor management, wasted funds, employee misconduct…and that… Read more »