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.
A top VA official said productivity at the Oakland office has increased since retraining in July. But internal VA documents show that has not solved the claims backlog because new claims continue to come in faster than workers can process them.
Members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee demanded the VA share its internal performance data with Congress. But responses from the agency's undersecretary for benefits were so vague it was unclear whether the information will be turned over.
The Department of Veterans Affairs tracks and widely reports the average wait time for benefits: 273 days. But internal data indicate that veterans filing their first claim, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wait nearly two months longer.
The SEAL Team 6 member who killed Osama bin Laden, identified in a story published in Esquire in cooperation with the Center for Investigative Reporting as “the Shooter,” has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of public interest and offers of support the story has generated.
A senior Veterans Affairs official said today that the agency is now better prepared to help former military personnel cope with the emotional and psychological trauma of war, but key members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee remained skeptical amid intensifying demand for mental health care.
The man who says he killed the leader of al-Qaida was on Capitol Hill attending a series of private conversations Tuesday with congressional leaders. The meetings came a day after a story in Esquire revealed that the veteran was unemployed and waiting for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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.