| Aug 18, 2014
| 5:07 AM
Maybe it was the 1980s-era software he saw at the Hampton VA hospital, maybe the four-mile traffic jam heading into the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, but when Sen. Mark Warner came to open his Hampton campaign office, his inner policy wonk was in full...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 11:34 AM
HAMPTON — A private briefing Friday at the Hampton VA Medical Center left Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., "a little confused and frustrated" with how the national agency reports data at its individual facilities.
He referred to a recent audit that...
| 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...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 12:53 PM
President Obama signed a $16.3 billion measure Thursday intended to clear the backlog of U.S. military veterans seeking care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.
The new law represent an unusually rapid response, and a rare increase...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: The "temporary VA fix" must, not could, be permanent as a floor for what we do for our veterans sent to fight ridiculous wars for ridiculous reasons, using ridiculous strategies with ridiculous and tragic results. ("Lawmakers' costly plan...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 5:06 PM
A man facing murder charges in the shooting death of a Newport Beach doctor in an exam room entered an insanity plea in Orange County Superior Court on Friday.
Stanwood Elkus, 76, cupped his ears and leaned forward as Judge Gregg Prickett explained that...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 9:39 PM
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald spoke Saturday at the National Disabled American Veterans convention in Las Vegas, his first such address to vets since taking over the agency last month.
“Over these next several months, I am going to...
| Aug 11, 2014
We all know how Washington crises usually unfold. A problem erupts. Politicians trample each other to express outrage and allocate blame. Scapegoats are sacrificed, legislation emerges and money gets appropriated. And then the issue fades from view....
| Aug 10, 2014
| 4:52 PM
Until he resigned in May, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki led his department of more than 350,000 employees for five years by setting "bold goals" that looked impossible to achieve but that he knew, from his Army years, could inspire better performance and,...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 11:13 PM
House Republicans went overtime Friday, expending an enormous amount of political energy to try to reach consensus on a border-crisis measure that is almost certain never to become law.
The last-minute push came as lawmakers were about to head into a...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 6:06 PM
Some benefits claims from veterans are complicated and should take time for the government to resolve.
I wouldn't count the claim filed by Carl Dean among them.
Dean of Northampton was a jet mechanic at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland 1962-66. He...