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WASHINGTON - After a scathing report revealed alarming conditions at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs, the head of the VA came out on Thursday announcing wholesale changes.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin faced scrutiny from patients, staff and the media at the hospital as he attempted to share a blueprint for the medical center's future, which will now include new leadership, new technology and new accountability measures.

Shulkin said he found out Wednesday about the months of missteps and gross negligence regarding the equipment and inventory issues that was putting “patients at unnecessary risk” after a report released by the VA’s Office of Inspector General. More

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  • Trump Administration Installs Loyalist to Repair Deficient VA Facility
    In a press briefing Thursday, VA Secretary David Shulkin said he wanted to place someone “personally coming from my organization” to oversee the facility as it addresses the issues identified in the report. More

    Trucking school operators suspected of bilking $4M from Department of Veterans Affairs
    An operator of a San Fernando Valley trucking school was arrested Thursday by federal authorities for allegedly bilking VA out of well over $4 million in tuition and other payments after falsely certifying that veterans had attended classes — More

    Chicago-area VA hospitals post higher infection rates than private peers
    A new website unveiled this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that the Chicago area's two VA hospitals performed worse than their private-sector peers on two different measures of safety  More

    VA secretary: New Choice program to be unveiled by fall
    a move that would give lawmakers just a few months of debate before the current program runs out.  More

    Local man urges veterans to review benefits eligibility
    “Like many Vietnam vets, coming home wasn’t easy for Air Force veteran Bill Arvo. He returned home to public disdain and suffered from skin issues he later discovered were due to Agent Orange exposure. More

    Agent Orange catches up with Vietnam vets
    Donald F. Moulton was smiling and talking about getting his campsite ready in southern Vermont. He was, as he has always done in his life, looking forward, not back.  More

    WWII veteran gets medals after lost military documents found
    A 93-year-old World War II veteran received medals this week that he should have gotten more than 70 years. More

    Changes in Veterans Benefits Ahead: Plan Accordingly
    The Veterans Administration offers assistance to low-income veterans and surviving spouses, 65 years and older, through its Special Pension or Aid and Attendance programs. More

    What Is Something Veterans Can Do To Help Reform Veterans Affairs?

    Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?
    By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight. More

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