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  • Senate confirms Shulkin as VA secretary

    February 13, 2017 8:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Trump administration. The vote Monday was 100-0. Shulkin is a former Obama administration official who had served as the VA's top health official since 2015. He is the first non-veteran to lead... more »
  • Congressional committee seeks gunman's VA record

    July 25, 2016 7:20 PM

    ST. MARYS, Kan. - The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs has requested medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs for the former Marine who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Florida Rep. Jeff Miller sent a letter dated July 21 to... more »
  • Sen. Blunt calls on VA secretary to resign after Disney comment

    May 24, 2016 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator on Tuesday called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to resign after McDonald compared long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said McDonald's "preposterous statement is right out of... more »
  • Former VA nurse arrested for falsifying records in patient death

    May 16, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Veterans Affairs nurse was arrested on a felony warrant after she was accused of falsifying records following a patient death at a veterans home in Reserve. 58-year-old Cheryl Poirrier, of LaPlace, is charged with four counts of filing false public records and one count of... more »
  • Accident or crime? VA worker faces trial in patient's death

    March 6, 2016 2:32 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - The manslaughter case against a Department of Veterans Affairs nursing assistant in Louisiana has become fodder for the federal agency's congressional critics. Fredrick Kevin Harris awaits a trial over the May 2013 death of a 70-year-old psychiatric patient, who was fatally injured during an altercation with Harris at... more »
  • VA watchdog releases reports on wait-time manipulations

    February 29, 2016 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Reports documenting scheduling problems and wait-time manipulation at the Department of Veterans Affairs are being made public, as the agency's internal watchdog bows to pressure from members of Congress and others to improve transparency. The VA's Office of Inspector General released 11 reports Monday outlining scheduling problems and... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to collecting Veterans Affairs funds

    December 16, 2015 6:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Prairieville woman has pleaded guilty to the theft of Veterans Affairs benefits that were intended for her mother who died four year ago. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release Tuesday that 45-year-old Michelle Akridge admitted to stealing more than $77,000 in United States Department... more »
  • VA secretary says demand outstripping extra resources

    November 6, 2015 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the VA's hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients. Yet the number of appointments not completed within 30 days continues to grow. Speaking at the National Press Club in advance of Veterans Day, McDonald describes a VA... more »
  • Veterans Affairs employee arrested in state investigation

    October 22, 2015 11:47 PM

    JACKSON - A state employee was arrested on a warrant from the Office of State Inspector General Thursday. Todd Price is accused of deleting public records dealing with a patient who fell out of a bed at the Louisiana Veterans Home. Price was the director of nursing at the... more »
  • Amid VA probe in La., administrator on leave

    October 9, 2015 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An administrator at the Louisiana Veteran’s Home in Jackson was placed on administrative leave with pay, WBRZ learned a day after reporting the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs resigned amid scandal. There have been allegations that the administrator, identified as Todd Price, deleted... more »
  • La. VA secretary out amid patient care scandal Play Video

    October 8, 2015 7:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's veterans affairs secretary has abruptly resigned, amid an investigation from the inspector general's office. Without explanation, Jindal's office announced Thursday that David LaCerte had left the position he's held since June 2014, effective immediately. Robin Keller, a spokeswoman for the Department of... more »
  • Large call center for veterans to open in Jefferson

    August 31, 2015 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say an Arizona-based health-care company has picked Jefferson Parish as the location for a multi-regional call center for its work contacting veterans in need of care. The Jindal administration announced Monday that TriWest Healthcare Alliance will open the center by November. The company's work... more »
  • VA says it faces $2.5B budget shortfall

    June 25, 2015 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care, including new life-saving treatments for Hepatitis C. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson tells a House committee VA health care sites experienced a... more »
  • VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

    April 21, 2015 4:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says a House subcommittee's plan to cut the VA's budget by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer." Testifying at a Senate hearing Tuesday, McDonald said a spending plan approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee on veterans affairs was... more »
  • VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

    March 17, 2015 2:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The inspector general's office at the Department of Veterans Affairs is defending its actions after the office drew unusual criticism from its counterpart at the Treasury Department. In a report in December, the VA inspector's office found that former VA procurement officer Iris Cooper improperly steered $15... more »
  • Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members. The president will get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. Obama is traveling to... more »
  • La delegation: How will VA fix mistakes in La?

    September 19, 2014 4:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All eight members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say the Department of Veterans Affairs is hurting the credit of hundreds of Louisiana veterans by failing to pay on time for emergency health care at private facilities. A letter sent Thursday to Secretary Robert McDonald asks how the VA... more »
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    August 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care from the Phoenix VA rocked the agency last spring, exposing a system... more »
  • Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    FORT BELVOIR, VA - President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for a $16.3 billion measure allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to hire... more »
  • Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    July 24, 2014 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That... more »
  • Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    July 23, 2014 10:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The panel unanimously backed McDonald on Wednesday, one day after a nomination hearing in which he faced no opposition. Senators said they are... more »
  • 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 »

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