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  • VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

    July 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the... more »
  • VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

    July 15, 2014 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. VA Undersecretary Allison Hickey tells Congress that the benefits backlog has been whittled down to about 275,000. That's a 55 percent decrease from... more »
  • VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

    July 9, 2014 5:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems. James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans Health Administration, apologized on behalf of the... more »
  • Watchdog: Retaliation complaints jump at VA

    July 8, 2014 3:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal investigative agency says it is looking into claims that Veterans Affairs supervisors retaliated against 67 employees who filed whistleblower complaints, including 25 filed since June 1, after a growing health care scandal became public. The independent Office of Special Counsel says 30 of the complaints about... more »
  • New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

    July 2, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Robert McDonald is a onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. Now he may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department. The longtime corporate executive was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the VA and... more »
  • Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

    June 30, 2014 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, the 61-year-old McDonald would succeed... more »
  • Obama to hear update on Veterans Affairs problems

    June 27, 2014 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is getting an update on the problems plaguing the health care system for veterans from his acting veterans affairs secretary and a top aide. The White House says Obama will meet Friday with Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson after returning from a two-day trip to... more »
  • VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

    June 23, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson says he is deeply disappointed that whistleblower complaints about patient care are not being taken seriously. He is agreeing with the federal official responsible for investigating complaints from government whistleblowers that the VA hasn't taken those complaints seriously. In a letter to... more »
  • Audit: Over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

    June 9, 2014 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments.... more »
  • Acting VA secretary to visit Phoenix facility

    June 5, 2014 3:00 PM

    PHOENIX - Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says the agency will release nationwide data on patient wait times next week. Gibson made the announcement Thursday during a visit to the Phoenix health care facility that was the initial focus of what has become a nationwide scandal over veterans and wait... more »
  • Rodney Alexander resigns as state VA chief

    June 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rodney Alexander stepped down from his position as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Tuesday, according to Governor Bobby Jindal's office. The governor appointed David LaCerte, who's served as deputy secretary since 2010, to replace Alexander effective immediately. "Rodney has been a strong... more »
  • Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

    May 30, 2014 7:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning. Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers... more »
  • House approves bill to speed firings at VA

    May 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives at the agency. The bill responds to a growing furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The department's inspector general says 26 facilities... more »
  • Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

    May 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has put his "heart and soul" into caring for America's veterans. But at the same time, Obama says there will be accountability for any problems. There have been mounting calls for Shinseki to step down amid troubling allegations of... more »
  • GOP Senate leader endorses change in VA leadership

    May 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Republican says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the tenure of Veterans Affairs... more »
  • White House official: AG, HHS, VA heads to stay

    January 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says Attorney General Eric Holder and the secretaries of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs will remain with the Obama administration as it enters a second term. The official said Holder, who leads the Justice Department, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA... more »
  • Historic homes to be moved for VA hospital

    September 9, 2010 5:19 AM

    About 100 historic homes will be moved to make way for a new Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to highlight the move on Friday. Under initial hospital plans, the homes were to be demolished, but now they are going to be moved using $3.2 million... more »
  • 5 years post-Katrina, VA hospital groundbreaking

    June 25, 2010 8:59 AM

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and a crowd of state and local officials are in New Orleans to break ground for a VA hospital replacing one flooded by Hurricane Katrina. The ceremony is at a building to be renovated for administrative offices and classrooms. It was erected in 1952,... more »
  • President expands support to vets' caregivers

    May 5, 2010 8:49 PM

    President Obama signed a new law that keeps severely wounded veterans in their homes by providing billions in support to family members who act as caregivers. The law directs the Veterans Affairs Department to offer post-delivery care to female veterans' newborns and creates a childcare pilot program. It also expands... more »

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