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October 13, 2017

#VAFail – The VA Wanted This Purple Heart Vet to Drive Almost Two Hours After His Chemo Treatments

When George Geiger, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was diagnosed with throat cancer, doctors told him he needed radiation and chemotherapy. The treatments would be draining, but Geiger, whose helicopter was shot down six times during the war, was ready to fight. There was just one problem—the VA hospital in Atlanta was at… Read more »

October 13, 2017

Happy 242nd birthday to the United States Navy

October 13th marks the birthday of the United States Navy. The Navy traces its roots back to the early days of the American Revolution. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized 2 armed vessels to search for ships supplying the British army with weapons and ammunition during the American Revolutionary War. When the war… Read more »

October 11, 2017

#VAFail – Investigation Finds Years of VA Concealing Misconduct and Mistakes

An explosive article in USA Today reports the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has covered up hundreds of employees’ mistakes and withheld information from patients about medical mistakes that were committed in recent years. USA Today reviewed hundreds of confidential VA records and what they found is astonishing: “In at least 126 cases, the VA… Read more »

October 10, 2017

#VAFail – West Virginia VA Facility Found to Have Manipulated Data to Reduce Wait Times

Add the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center to the litany of VA facilities that have manipulated data to reduce reported wait times. After the Phoenix waitlist scandal was exposed in 2014, one would think this issue would have been resolved. Unfortunately, this practice continues with the West Virginia hospital being the most… Read more »

October 10, 2017

What Would It Look Like to Make Veterans the Priority for VA Health Care Reform?

“Third-rate treatment of first-rate men.” This is how journalist Albert Maisel, writing for Reader’s Digest, described the health care available to veterans through the Veterans Administration – in 1945. Today, the Veterans Administration is known as the Department of Veterans Affairs. While the name changed, instances of low-quality care at many VA facilities persist. In… Read more »

October 9, 2017

This week on the Hill

The House Veterans Affairs Committee will spend this week in multiple legislative hearings. On Wednesday, members of the committee will be reviewing bills on economic opportunity, and Thursday’s hearing will focus on improvements at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here’s a look at the House VA Committee’s schedule for this week: Wednesday: The House VA Committee… Read more »

October 5, 2017

#VAFail – More reports of unsanitary conditions at Colorado and Arkansas VAs

Unsanitary conditions at VA facilities have become unfortunately common at this point. Patients not only have to worry about long wait times or the ability to get into a VA facility for treatment, but they also often face unclean conditions once they do get in. Here’s a look at some of the evidence: Chicago-area VA:… Read more »