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Conversations With Veterans: Howard Wasdin’s Success Post Military Life

Elite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin survived the infamous battle made famous in the hit movie “Black Hawk Down,” but medical retirement and coming home, presented him with challenges he never expected.

10/23/2014

Veterans Affairs Department asserts the firings are part of a  crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

VA Fires Four Senior Executives In Response To Scandal

The dismissals are the first since Congress passed a law over the summer making it easier for veterans who experience delays to get care outside VA’s nationwide network of hospitals and clinics.

10/06/2014

16.3 billion measure would alleviate long wait times and hire extra staffers for VA hospitals. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

Senate expected to pass the $16.3 billion bill.

07/30/2014

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20:  National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson (L), Warren Hudak (2R), president of Hudak and Company, and Kevin Hassett (R), senior fellow and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, listen as Robert McDonald (2L), chairman, president and CEO of Proctor & Gamble and chairman of the Business Roundtable's Fiscal Policy Initiative, speaks during a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill January 20, 2011 in Washington, DC.  The Committee called business and tax leaders to testify about the effect of the Federal income tax on tax payers and the economy.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Obama Selects Former P&G Exec. to Head VA

President Barack Obama is selecting former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.

06/29/2014

This May 19, 2014 photo shows a  a sign in front of the Veterans Affairs building in Washington, D.C. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

2 Top Veterans Affairs Officials Stepping Down

Two top Department of Veterans Affairs officials are stepping down, the beleaguered agency announced Wednesday as it continued reeling from complaints that thousands of veterans have endured long waits for appointments and poor medical care.

06/25/2014

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Obama Advances Transgender Rights With Little Fanfare Or Criticism

The administration has quietly made it easier for transgender people to update their passports, obtain health insurance, and get treatment at VA facilities.

06/21/2014

A Veterans Affairs whistleblower says that department hospitals not only kept veterans waiting for months, but her supervisors used “a simple computer trick” to make it appear that veterans had no wait times at all. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Visits Baltimore

Acting U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson met Tuesday with administrators in Baltimore to strategize on improving lengthy delays for veterans in need of medical help in Maryland, where a recent audit showed the average wait time is 81 days for new patients seeking a primary-care doctor.

06/17/2014

The VA says nearly 80 percent of its senior executives got performance bonuses last year, despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics. (Getty Images)

Senate Backs Bill to Improve Health Care for Vets

The Senate has approved a bill making it easier for veterans who’ve endured long wait times for VA medical care to receive treatment from local doctors instead. The measure closely resembles a bill approved Tuesday in the House. Lawmakers say they are optimistic a compromise version can soon be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.

06/11/2014

The Veterans Affairs building in Washington, D.C. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

FBI Launches Criminal Investigation Into VA Health System

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs after a scathing watchdog report that found systemic problems in the medical system for military veterans, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

06/11/2014

A Veterans Affairs whistleblower says that department hospitals not only kept veterans waiting for months, but her supervisors used “a simple computer trick” to make it appear that veterans had no wait times at all. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Audit: More Than 57,000 Await First VA Appointment

More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling.

06/09/2014

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