Payments by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the decade after 9/11 went to grieving families, ranging from Iraq War veterans who committed suicide after being turned away from mental health treatment to botched surgeries and fatal neglect of elderly veterans.
On the eve of a congressional hearing about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ skyrocketing use of narcotic painkillers, a former VA doctor has stepped forward with new allegations about the agency’s prescription practices.
When it opened in 2010, the VA clinic at City College of San Francisco was touted as a model for the future – the first health care offered by the agency on a college campus. But three years later, the initiative remains in the pilot stage. At nearly all schools with the largest veteran populations, the VA is providing no health services.
A former Department of Veterans Affairs hospital director indicted on 36 corruption-related charges received thousands of dollars in bonuses during the same period he is accused of taking bribes and kickbacks from contractors who received lucrative contracts with the agency.
The Center for Investigative Reporting has launched a new application programming interface for the data we’ve gathered on the Department of Veterans Affairs' benefits claims backlog. We would love to see developers and data analysts explore new ways to visualize and localize the information.
Our data and reporting has been cited by national and local media outlets in broadcast, online and print platforms, including CNN and PBS NewsHour as well as editorials from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
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.