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December 13, 2016

#VAFail – Staff Left Vet’s Body in Shower Room for 9 Hours, Tried to Cover It Up

New reports in Florida find that staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System breached protocol and “left the body of a veteran in a shower room for more than nine hours then tried to cover up the mistake.” Wow. The report found that the veteran, who has not been identified, passed away in February… Read more »

December 13, 2016

Happy Birthday to the National Guard

On December 13th, 1636, 380 years ago today, the first militia units were formed in Massachusetts Bay Colony—over a century before the Revolutionary War would lead to the creation of the United States.  These militia units serve as the ancestral lineage of the what we now call the National Guard.  Since before the United States… Read more »

December 9, 2016

VA Resistant to Releasing Secret Facility Ratings

The VA has an internal star rating system that it uses to track improvement (or worsening) and quality of care at 146 medical centers. The rating system ranges from one to five stars and is apparently only meant as a system by which the VA itself can measure changes. The VA Undersecretary for Health David… Read more »

December 8, 2016

#VAFail – Millions Wasted on Unnecessary Equipment

A new report by the Office of Inspector General this week revealed that the VA’s Office of Information and Technology spent $7.2 million on computers and software licenses that it did not need. That $7.2 million has now been deemed waste. For security purposes the department that manages patient billing and reimbursements purchased “3,695 computers,… Read more »

December 6, 2016

75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor where over 2,400 Americans were killed and over 1,000 more wounded. The events of December 7, 1941 – called a “date which will live in infamy” by President Roosevelt – were unprecedented and unfathomable to the American people. A foreign attack with this level… Read more »

December 2, 2016

Rep. Roe to Take Miller’s Seat as House VA Committee Chairman

Under the leadership of Rep. Jeff Miller, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs has demanded answers and accountability from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As this Congress comes to a close, new leadership has been appointed to run this committee and take on the responsibility of ensuring veterans are well cared for and treated…. Read more »

December 1, 2016

CA Guardsmen May Keep Reenlistment Bonuses After All

As part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017 the House and Senate have agreed not to require thousands of California National Guardsmen to repay enlistment bonuses they were given nearly 10 years ago. Not long ago we learned that the Pentagon was demanding these repayments be made after using the bonuses to… Read more »