| Jan 24, 2015
| 12:45 PM
As home to some of the nation's most important military installations, Hampton Roads enjoys a reputation for being friendly to veterans. A great many local residents are active-duty members, served in the armed forces or are family members of those who...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 12:34 PM
Congress has a reputation as a bunch of bickering do-nothings.
It's well-deserved. In fact, I was wondering what on earth Florida's members did all last year.
So I asked them.
The question I posed: What difference did you make?
Every one of them...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:01 PM
Politicians from both parties and other government officials are looking into allegations of rampant overmedication, retaliatory management practices and preventable overdose deaths at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wis.,...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 2:34 PM
Sen. Tim Kaine expressed optimism Tuesday after a meeting with VA Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss, among other issues, long wait times for patients at the Hampton VA Medical Center.
In a news release, Kaine called the meeting "very positive" and...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Tomah, Wis., hand out so many narcotic painkillers that some veterans have taken to calling the place "Candy Land."
They call the hospital's chief of staff, psychiatrist Dr. David...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 7:19 PM
Veterans who showed up at the Baltimore offices of the VA had many things to gripe about — an 800 number that never seemed to work, a confusing process for getting benefits for PTSD and a feeling that the process of applying for help robbed them...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 7:13 PM
GOP wins midterms: The midterm elections Nov. 4 gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate and bolstered their majority in the House, setting up what could be a difficult last two years of President Barack Obama's term. Nevertheless, the Democrats...
| May 31, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In Arizona, where allegations first surfaced of secret waiting lists at the Phoenix VA and ultimately led to Friday's resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, reaction was swift and pointed.
Shortly after President Obama accepted...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 4:58 PM
When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it.
The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Omar Gonzalez was always popular along this quiet cul-de-sac of neat suburban homes near Ft. Hood. "Omar, Omar!" children would shout as they ran to his front door. But at some point, neighbors of the decorated combat veteran started to worry.
| Nov 10, 2014
| 12:56 PM
The Veterans Administration announced a series of reforms Monday aimed at improving the agency’s customer service after concerns over substandard healthcare for veterans forced a leadership change earlier this year.
After three months in the...