Veterans Affairs

Lawmakers Concerned About Greenbelt Veterans Clinic ClosureMaryland lawmakers are calling the closure of a Greenbelt outpatient clinic in September without a replacement plan "a step in the wrong direction."
Inspection of VA Health System in Md. Notes Delays for CareA Veterans Administration inspection of quality of care issues at Maryland's veterans' health care system founds delays in access occurred with a patient.
Conversations With Veterans: Howard Wasdin's Success Post Military LifeElite 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.
VA Fires Four Senior Executives In Response To ScandalThe 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.
House Approves VA Health Care OverhaulSenate expected to pass the $16.3 billion bill.
Obama Selects Former P&G Exec. to Head VAPresident Barack Obama is selecting former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs.
2 Top Veterans Affairs Officials Stepping DownTwo 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.
Obama Advances Transgender Rights With Little Fanfare Or CriticismThe administration has quietly made it easier for transgender people to update their passports, obtain health insurance, and get treatment at VA facilities.
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.
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.
FBI Launches Criminal Investigation Into VA Health SystemThe 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.
Audit: More Than 57,000 Await First VA AppointmentMore 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.