Department of Veteran Affairs

VA Secretary Nominee Not a Health Care Expert

VA Secretary Robert McDonald

"The VA is a large and troubled organization," said Robert Bies, a management professor at Georgetown University'sMcDonough School of Business. "What's really missing is management of the culture. You have to have someone who can manage complex organizations, and (McDonald) has a track record of doing that." Some veterans groups question McDo... more

Senator: 1K Vets May Have Died Over VA Misconduct

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

WASHINGTON -- Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of misconduct by employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report released Tuesday by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. "Too many men and women who bravely fought for our freedom are losing their lives, not at the hands of terrorists or enemy com... more

VA Head: Staff Acted Properly in Cafeteria Death

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Thursday that staffers at Albuquerque's VA hospital responded properly when a veteran died after collapsing in the medical center's cafeteria. Hospital staff faced scrutiny after the death of 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia, who received CPR on the floor while an ambulanc... more

Push for New National Cemeteries as Capacity Nears

Houston National Cemetery

National cemeteries across the country are starting to reach capacity amid an increase in the number of veterans dying -- fueling a push for the government to approve new sites, particularly in states that don't have any. "One of the benefits is to be buried with dignity. All veterans are entitled to that," Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said. Titus... more

VA Secretary Touts Agency Gains in 2013

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki holds a reporters roundtable.

After weathering a storm of criticism last spring from veteran service organizations and an associated tsunami of bad press over the number of backlogged veteran disability claims -- peaking at more than 611,000 in March -- the Department of Veterans Affairs is now claiming partial victory. "Veterans shouldn't have to wait for the benefits t... more

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