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June 8, 2017

More Freedom Needed for Veterans to Determine Their Health Care

Some veterans love the VA and have no issue seeking care or staying at its facilities. Some have had bad experiences at the VA and would rather go somewhere else. Veterans chose to serve our country. They should be able to choose how they receive their health care. While a program exists that allows some… Read more »

June 6, 2017

D-Day serves as a reminder of the cost of freedom

73 years ago today, thousands of American soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy along with Allied forces in one of the most crucial battles of World War II. Less than a year later, the Allied forces would claim victory in Europe and those who fought would come to be known as the Greatest Generation. Thousands… Read more »

June 6, 2017

VA Announces Initiative to Stop Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced late last week that it’s launching a “Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse (STOP FWA)” initiative. The initiative’s mission is described as capitalizing “on existing departmental activities that prevent or identify FWA, as well as ensure a consistent approach to FWA risk management as a way to centralize… Read more »

June 5, 2017

A Step in the Right Direction–Veterans Affairs Switches IT System

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin announced today that the VA will no longer use the VistA electronic health record system and will be switching to Cerner Millennium, which is the system that the Department of Defense is currently installing. The VA has a history with IT problems and it is refreshing to… Read more »

June 5, 2017

#VAFAIL—Missing Veteran Found Dead in VA Hospital Parking Lot

When a veteran didn’t come home after an appointment at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center, the family allegedly repeatedly begged hospital staffers for help finding him. According to reports, after two days of waiting, the man’s sister went and searched the medical center’s parking lot herself. She found his body slumped over the steering… Read more »

June 1, 2017

VA Secretary Shulkin: Big Challenges Remain

“I want to be held accountable to fix this.” During a press conference Wednesday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin acknowledged the pressing issues that ail the VA. His call for greater accountability is both welcome and needed. Shulkin addressed several areas where the VA falls short, including: Access to care: As Shulkin pointed out,… Read more »

June 1, 2017

#VAFAIL – Michigan VA Unsafe Blood Transfusion Practices Prove Near-Fatal for Veteran

A recent report of negligence and neglect from the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Michigan highlights the urgent need for VA accountability. Two years ago, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) responded to a complaint involving a veteran who received an unsafe blood transfusion at Battle Creek. The caregiver had full access to the… Read more »