U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down today, but his replacement will face an uphill battle in addressing the health care and veterans benefits scandals plaguing the agency.
Whenever we get our hands on a good dataset, we try to identify and encourage opportunities for other journalists and media partners to use the information as well. CIR’s veterans coverage has been particularly fruitful for collaboration and localization.
Veterans’ advocates are praising a speech by President Barack Obama on the massive backlog of disability claims, marking the first time the president personally addressed the problem since it came to widespread public attention this spring.
The VA says its Oakland office has “significantly improved" since last year’s "Fix-It" forum, according to a statement released today. But internal VA performance data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting show that while the number of Northern California veterans waiting on claim decisions has dropped slightly over the past year, delays have worsened considerably.
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