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Ex-worker accuses VA of ‘callous indifference’ to veterans

Jamie Fox (center) stands with veteran Hosea Roundtree and former VA worker Ann Williams. Fox said she lost her job at the VA’s Oakland office after arguing that Roundtree’s benefits were wrongfully denied.Paul Chin/San Francisco Chronicle A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee accused the agency today of “cover-up after cover-up” and a “callous indifference” […]

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Accuracy isn’t priority as VA battles disability claims backlog

Video: Adithya Sambamurthy  |  Read full transcript U.S. Navy cook Hosea Roundtree watched the 1983 shelling of Beirut from the deck of a ship, feelings of helplessness washing over him as people perished onshore. That memory haunted him, resurrected in flashbacks eight years later after a tour in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. But […]

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Video: Errors at the VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs denied Navy veteran Hosea Roundtree’s disability benefits claim for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, saying it could find no evidence that he was in combat. When a VA claims processor tried to intervene, she says she was forced out. Veterans’ advocates say Roundtree’s case illustrates the VA’s priorities: productivity […]

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Suicides highlight failures in veterans’ support system

The entrance at the Menlo Park Division of the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs campus.Jason Henry/For The Center for Investigative Reporting Francis Guilfoyle, a 55-year-old homeless veteran, drove his 1985 Toyota Camry to the Department of Veterans Affairs campus in Menlo Park early in the morning of Dec. 3, took a stepladder and a rope out […]