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VA rewarded top officials with bonuses, despite growing claims backlog

In August, the VA’s inspector general said the weight of paper files at the agency’s Winston-Salem, N.C., office had compromised the structural integrity of the building.Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to top officials over five years, even as the number […]

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VA’s latest plan to clear benefits backlog meets skepticism

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has been under mounting pressure over the agency’s growing backlog of veterans’ disability claims.Getty Images Iraq War veteran Tom Yasko is still waiting three years after he filed a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs, making him one of about 250,000 potential beneficiaries of a redoubled VA […]

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VA highlights Calif. productivity gains, but more veterans wait for benefits

Allison Hickey, the VA’s undersecretary for benefits, is seen in a screen shot testifying before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today.U.S. House of Representatives WASHINGTON – A top Department of Veterans Affairs official told a congressional committee today that the agency’s decision to temporarily shutter and retrain staff at its troubled Oakland office proved […]

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House committee leader calls for head of VA benefits to resign

WASHINGTON – Concerned about broken promises of assistance for the nation’s veterans, Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, called today for the head of the agency’s benefits administration to resign. Allison Hickey, the VA’s undersecretary for benefits, is seen at a hearing last year.C-SPAN screen shot Allison Hickey, the VA’s […]

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Senate committee demands information on benefits backlog from VA

In August, the VA’s inspector general said the weight of paper files at the agency’s Winston-Salem, N.C., office had compromised the structural integrity of the building.Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs WASHINGTON – Members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee demanded the VA share its internal performance data with Congress to give lawmakers […]

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VA’s ability to quickly provide benefits plummets under Obama

The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide key information to Congress and the public that shows the agency’s ability to quickly provide service-related benefits has virtually collapsed under President Barack Obama. Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated by the agency, reveal that delays newly returning veterans face […]

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Lawmakers skeptical as VA touts strides in mental health care for veterans

A sign at a VA hospital in CaliforniaParker Knight/Flickr.com   WASHINGTON – A senior Veterans Affairs official said today that the agency is now better prepared to help former military personnel cope with the emotional and psychological trauma of war, but key members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee remained skeptical amid intensifying demand for […]