Senate Approves Bill To Speed Up VA Firing


The Senate on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bipartisan bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees despite outcry from employee groups that the new system is unfair and would upend the civil service.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act won overwhelming support and faces a high likelihood of reaching President Trump’s desk. The measure is friendlier to employees than previous efforts to reform the disciplinary process at VA, and proponents say it eliminates any concerns of constitutionality that arose in predecessor bills. It was introduced by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee -- Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont. -- as well as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.  Senate Approves Bill To Speed Up VA Firing

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Errors leave Boston veterans shortchanged
Some veterans have been denied the monthly income they deserve for war-related injuries due to high error rates at the troubled Boston VA — a dismal showing advocates blame on sloppy work due to quotas.

Judicial Watch Sues V.A. for Information on Plan to House Homeless Vets
 Judicial Watch announced that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to for information regarding an agreement to turn a VA campus in Los Angeles into permanent housing for homeless veterans. 

 Many veterans are concerned that their health care and the care of their spouses could be in jeopardy under the newest round of budget proposals from the White House.

VA appeals reform bill strips due process from veterans
Section 2(e) of the bill limits the VA’s “duty to assist” the veteran to cases before the Agency of Original Jurisdiction, (AOJ) or, as it is known colloquially, the VA Regional Office. Once the appeal is filed, the duty to exist the veteran no longer exists. In veteran’s cases, unlike other federal adjudication systems, no discovery process exists.

A service for a U.S. Navy veteran whose family could not be found after her death last month was laid to rest Tuesday in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) are at higher risk for post-deployment eating disorders (EDs), according to a new study1

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