| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Taking a cue from the Bible, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided the last shall be first.
The agency announced last week it will expedite claims for disability benefits that have been pending for a year or longer. Those veterans will receive...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 6:29 PM
With staff members at the Baltimore office of the Department of Veterans Affairs spending a month in training, Maryland's senators called on VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to dispatch more analysts to help work through one of the worst disability claims...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 5:44 PM
Our government historically has armed soldiers with the technology necessary to succeed on the battlefield, enabling them to topple targets like Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Washington finally is recognizing the importance of technology on the home...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Which Sunday morning show will generate the most headlines?
I'm leaning toward NBC's "Meet the Press," which airs at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NRA President Wayne LaPierre discuss gun control with moderator David...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 9:13 AM
WASHINGTON – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski said Monday she "put veterans ahead of the line" with the passage of a $158 billion spending bill for military construction and veterans issues.
The legislation, which...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 9:28 PM
Are Veterans Affairs officials finally listening?
The Save the VA group finally got its meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who listened to their proposal to keep the Hot Springs VA facility open as a national PTSD treatment center....
| Feb 19, 2013
| 6:37 PM
The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation's worst performer in processing disability claims, will receive more employee training, an influx of senior staff and a new digital processing system ahead of schedule, under a...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 4:54 AM
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Hopkins doctor found dead amid investigation of claims he secretly taped patients: Police want to identify women seen by a...
| May 30, 2013
President Barack Obama likes doing the big things. This is, after all, the man who claimed that his victorious 2008 campaign was "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
He was roundly (and rightly) derided...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:04 PM
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process.
| May 28, 2013
| 3:06 PM
As officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs look internally for solutions to a claims backlog that is drawing increasing fire from Capitol Hill, they are also reaching for outside help from some of the nation's best-known veterans groups....