U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

12:00pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Health

In The Wake Of Fort Collins VA Scandal, American Legion Offers Help

American Legion is holding a week-long health clinic in Fort Collins to connect veterans with VA appointments and care.
Grace Hood

Just one of several events held across the country, the American Legion is visiting Fort Collins, working to assist veterans after the Veterans Affairs health care scandal. The VA outpatient clinic here was part of nationwide problems involving appointment wait times — which the VA has connected to 23 deaths.

At every visit the formula is the same: Day One is a town hall to collect comment. Day Two and going forward is a command crisis center to help vets reschedule appointments and follow-up on claims.

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3:45pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

Sen. John McCain discussed the Veterans Choice Act at a news conference on Tuesday, with fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Veterans across the country are still waiting too long for medical care, a situation that drove the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki last week.

Now Republicans and Democrats in Congress are competing to pass laws they think will fix the problem of medical wait times and other problems at the VA. The discussion over how to reform veterans' health care is starting to sound familiar.

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11:10am

Fri May 30, 2014
Veterans Administration

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Eric Shinseki resigned as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, in what President Obama said was a decision spurred by a desire to not distract from efforts to fix the agency's problems. Earlier Friday, Shinseki spoke at a conference in Washington.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's wide-ranging problems.

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9:34am

Wed May 21, 2014
National

Obama: People 'Will Be Held Accountable' For Veterans Affairs Problems

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 4:23 pm

President Obama addresses the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, on Wednesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records "will be held accountable," President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president's news conference.

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3:07pm

Sat May 17, 2014
U.S.

Veterans Advocate Says He Fears Loss Of Faith In VA

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 4:52 pm

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday about holding the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Advocate and former Army Capt. Tom Tarantino says he's worried that allegations over delayed health care will keep veterans away from services.

"Our biggest fear is that there are veterans out there who are not going to seek help because they lose faith and they lose trust in the VA," he tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of All Things Considered.

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