The Department of Veterans Affairs has vowed to increase scrutiny of unaccredited schools that received federal funds through the GI Bill and to review state criteria that allow the financial benefit for such schools.
Returning Home to Battle
For many veterans, the end of active duty means the beginning of a new fight with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs – for benefits, housing and a chance to rebuild their lives.
Army base declines to release records of University of Phoenix concert
Fort Campbell officials declined to immediately release public documents related to an agreement between the U.S. Army base in Kentucky and the for-profit college for a recruiting event last year.
Wisconsin veterans hospital’s former director no longer on VA payroll
Officials said the Tomah, Wisconsin, VA medical facility’s former director is no longer working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the latest development after our investigation of the hospital’s improper prescription practices.
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Federal report confirms veteran’s overdose death at Tomah VA hospital
Federal investigators have confirmed that a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs killed Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski, a psychiatric patient at the Tomah, Wisconsin, veterans hospital known as “Candy Land” for its rampant use of opiates.
Defense Department now reviewing University of Phoenix recruiting
The Defense Department has confirmed that it is reviewing whether recruitment practices by the University of Phoenix, the country’s largest benefactor of GI Bill funds, comply with federal law.
How the University of Phoenix woos veterans and their GI Bill funds
PBS NewsHour showcases Reveal reporter Aaron Glantz’s investigation into how the University of Phoenix – the school that receives the largest share of GI Bill money – has sidestepped an executive order banning deceptive and aggressive recruiting practices by for-profit colleges.
VA struggling with promise to end long benefits waits this year
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced its chronic backlog of veterans’ disability claims, but so far, the agency is struggling to meet its self-imposed deadline of eliminating long wait times by 2015.
Senators seek investigation of GI Bill funds at unaccredited schools
Eight U.S. senators are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs launch an inquiry into revelations that GI Bill tuition subsidies have flowed to questionable unaccredited schools.
GI Bill pays for unaccredited sex, Bible and massage schools
The GI Bill does not require schools to be accredited. The loophole is meant to allow veterans to attend trade schools, but Reveal has found 2,000 schools cashing in, including ones that teach scuba diving, dog grooming and yoga.
VA whistleblower asks Obama to hire inspector general from outside
Ryan Honl, a Gulf War veteran who quit his job at the Tomah, Wisconsin, veterans hospital after becoming aware of rampant opiate overprescription there, said the problems would only continue if a new watchdog was found within the agency.