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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Top U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Articles

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  • VA chief orders review of training programs in wake of 'Oscar the Grouch' incident

    PHILADELPHIA Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday ordered a systemwide review of the agency's training programs after the Philadelphia VA benefits office compiled an employee training guide that appeared to depict veterans as Oscar the...
  • Washington state man seeks his gay partner's federal benefits

    WASHINGTON The ceremony was meticulously planned, befitting a wedding where one of the grooms is a self-professed Virgo with obsessive-compulsive leanings. A roving Austin Powers impersonator posed for photos with guests as a pair of dolphin ice...
  • No offense intended by 'Oscar the Grouch' guide, Philly VA says

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official on Wednesday defended a training guide produced for its Philadelphia office depicting veterans as Oscar the Grouch, saying the images were intended to remind employees to behave...
  • No deaths linked to troubled U.S. veterans hospital

    A probe into long waits for medical treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix documented suffering by sick veterans affected by cover-ups of wait-list delays but did not find evidence that the shoddy care had caused patient deaths. While...
  • Should Uncle Sam privatize VA care?: Front Burner

    Grim headlines this spring that American veterans were losing lives not on the battlefield, but in waiting rooms of hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs dominated the headlines, and likely angered Florida's 1.5 million vets. Allegations...
  • Fighter jet pilot in western Virginia crash confirmed dead

    Fighter jet pilot in western Virginia crash confirmed dead
    THURSDAY UPDATE: The pilot of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet was confirmed dead Thursday night after a crash near Deerfield the day before that led to a search by officials with various local, state and federal agencies. The name of the pilot will not be...
  • Service members need private health care: Front Burner

    In 2011, after waiting four hours for kidney dialysis at a Veterans Administration hospital, 65-year-old Jonathan Montano, in frustration, decided to seek services elsewhere, shunt still in his arm. VA security guards stopped him and told him this was not...
  • VA director: 'Oscar the Grouch' training materials depicted grouchy employees, not veterans

    VA director: 'Oscar the Grouch' training materials depicted grouchy employees, not veterans
    A top Veterans Affairs administrator in Philadelphia insisted Wednesday that the photos of Oscar the Grouch peppered on its internal training materials weren't meant to depict cranky veterans. Instead, Director Diana Rubens said, the image of the crass...
  • Public agency serves vets better: Front Burner

    In his second inaugural address in 1865, Abraham Lincoln urged the nation "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides free health care to more than 6.2 million...
  • Grateful for care at Hines VA Hospital

    It is an unfortunate fact that Veterans Affairs has been under fire of late, but we also believe that credit should be given where credit is due. Our mother, Ann Simek, was a World War II veteran, a member of the Army Nurses Corps who served honorably...
  • VA inquiry stops short of linking deaths to delays in care in Phoenix

    On the same day President Obama pledged to regain veterans’ trust, Department of Veterans Affairs investigators reported that they had been unable to prove that delays in medical care caused any deaths at the VA medical center in Phoenix,...