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.
“The Shooter,” today’s story about the Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden, was written for Esquire in cooperation with the Center for Investigative Reporting. It is part of CIR’s ongoing coverage of the challenges veterans face after leaving military service.
Despite the VA’s pledge to improve, more veterans are waiting longer than four months for an answer on compensation claims for conditions as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee who is suing for wrongful termination accused the agency of “cover-up after cover-up” and a “callous indifference” to the plight of veterans it is supposed to serve.
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.