Department of Veterans Affairs

Robert McDonald, left, President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, meets with Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor […]

07/21/2014

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson answers reporters questions about improvements within the medical care system during a visit to the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., Friday, July 11, 2014. During the visit, Gibson met with the medical center's staff and some veterans. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making payments to tens of thousands of veterans without adequate medical evidence that […]

07/14/2014

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Bob Costantini: VA official apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

The House Veteran’s Affairs Committee held a rare night-time hearing to discuss claims of retaliation against those who blew the whistle on problems with the VA health care system. Penny and Phil discussed the details with NBC News […]

07/09/2014

The Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday. Officials at the […]

07/03/2014

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Bob Costantini: Ex P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

President Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department that is gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. Penny and Phil spoke with NBC’s Bob Costantini: […]

06/30/2014

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors (AP File Photo)

Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing “significant and chronic system failures” in the nation’s health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a […]

06/28/2014

This 2010 photo provided by Amy Miner shows her Kryn Miner in Afghanistan, an Army veteran who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and who was shot to death in Essex, Vt., by one of their children in April after threatening to kill the family.  (AP Photo/Courtesy of Amy Miner)

Report: Half of vets with PTSD got treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only about half of the veterans diagnosed with PTSD last year after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan received the recommended therapy despite efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to beef up […]

06/20/2014

FILE - In this May 24, 2013 file photo, Veteran Roy Wiltz waits to be picked up outside the Atlanta VA Medical Center after a medical appointment in Atlanta. The FBI revealed on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, that it had opened a criminal investigation into a Department of Veterans Affairs reeling from allegations of falsified records and inappropriate scheduling practices. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Senate backs bill to improve health care for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs […]

06/11/2014

US Department of Veterans Affairs (AP Photo)

VA officials probe into LA-area records

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With veterans’ health facilities under fire nationally for allegedly altering patient logs to downplay long wait times for vets to see doctors, Los Angeles-area VA officials said today they had no […]

06/10/2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/The Coloradoan, Erin Hull)

List of longest average wait times for VA new patients

Veterans Administration medical centers have come under criticism for long wait times for care. Here is a list of the facilities with the longest average waits as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary […]

06/09/2014

FILE This April 28, 2014 file photos shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Audit: Over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. An additional 64,000 […]

06/09/2014

Wait times for LA veterans tops in California

WASHINGTON (AP) – Patients seeking care through the VA’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System are waiting an average of 56 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor — four times longer than […]

06/09/2014

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