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May 8, 2017

VA Secretary’s Bold Effort to Make VA More Efficient Will Put Money Where Vets Need It Most

Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin continued his commitment to make the VA more accountable and efficient last week, announcing plans to close roughly 1,100 empty or under-utilized VA buildings costing taxpayers $25 million per year. This means more money can be directed where veterans need it most. “We applaud Shulkin for taking the tough steps… Read more »

May 4, 2017

#VAFail – Massachusetts VAs may have missed a shocking diagnosis

Massachusetts has found itself in the unfortunate spotlight of VA failure this week on multiple fronts. Early this week we learned that the VA’s Boston Regional Office has improperly assessed one in six traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims. TBI has become a defining injury of the wars in the Middle East, but so far the… Read more »

May 3, 2017

Celebrating and Honoring Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month. We celebrate and recognize multiple military holidays and remembrance days in May, so it’s appropriate that the whole month is dedicated to the military. We celebrate the end of World War II’s European campaign on Victory in Europe Day, recognize the support behind our service members on Military Spouses Day,… Read more »

May 2, 2017

#VAFail – Boston VA Misdiagnoses Veterans at an Alarming Rate

Veterans with traumatic brain injuries survived IED-littered battlefields only to fight for their lives at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Misdiagnosis and incorrectly processed claims across the country led to a nation-wide review of TBI diagnosis and claims processing in 2012 by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The report found Boston VA facilities… Read more »

May 2, 2017

EO a Step in the Right Direction, But More is Required

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has repeatedly failed to adequately serve our nation’s veterans for years. Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that can begin to change that. The order creates a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the VA that will identify, discipline, and terminate federal bureaucrats who fail… Read more »

May 1, 2017

Silver Star Service Banner Day

Today we take a few moments to recognize Silver Star Service Banner Day. The Silver Star Service Banner continues in the tradition of the Blue and Gold Star Service Banners that was begun during World War I, and serves as a reminder of those who have been wounded in combat. The sight of the Silver… Read more »

May 1, 2017

#VAFail – Drugs missing in multiple Florida VA facilities

If you need just one, solid reason for accountability at the VA, here it is: missing or stolen drugs. We learned about this problem a few months ago, and during what’s being called the “opioid epidemic” it’s not surprising that staff is involved in stealing medication like oxycodone and fentanyl. Not surprising, but still unacceptable…. Read more »