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 By Freddy Groves    Military 

Purple Heart Phony

With snow expected that afternoon, I suspected the veteran crew might not have shown up outside the coffee shop, but there they were, socially distanced around the sidewalk. And they were in the middle of a hot conversation when I... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

911 getting a partner with VA crisis link

We all know to call 911 when there’s an emergency – car crash, burglary, need of an ambulance – but we’ll soon be getting an additional number. Starting in the summer of 2022, we’ll also have 988 as a direct line for... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Letters Reach Out to Troubled Vets

We’ve been in a stressful period for many long months, and now here come the holidays. It’s going to be different this year: fewer (or no) family get-togethers, no parties, little shopping at stores ... in other words, a potent... — Updated 11/11/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post: Blue Water Sailors and Agent Orange

Blue Water Sailors, heads up. The Department of Veterans Affairs has now made it easier for you to file a claim for Agent Orange exposure. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (PL 116-23) extends... — Updated 11/4/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post: OIG Is Vets' Watchdog

You have to admire the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. If there’s something illegal going on, they will find it. In one case, the doctor said that, no, she had never prescribed anything without first s... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Data Breach Impacts 46,000 Veterans

A data breach occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs when thieves attempted to divert medical payment funds at the Financial Services Center away from community health care providers that take care of veterans outside the... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post

What’s going on in Florida? It appears more criminals are operating there than in other areas of the country. One criminal near Tampa worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a transportation assistant who awarded... — Updated 10/7/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans Post: COVID Cancellations

Between March 15 and May 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs canceled 7.3 million medical appointments. The VA’s rationale at the time was to protect staff and veterans from the COVID-19 virus and to conserve their supplies.... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Failure of the VA

With all the fanfare about the suicide prevention programs created to help veterans who are suffering, it would seem that all a veteran would need to do is present himself at the closest Department of Veterans Affairs medical... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veteran's Post

It’s hard to fathom how low some criminals will go. Right in the middle of the COVID crisis, a respiratory therapist working for the Department of Veterans Affairs was nabbed for theft. Hospitals were sweating out having enough... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Scam Pharmacist Sentenced

Most of us are locked down due to the coronavirus, but apparently the wheels of justice keep on turning. A few months ago I wrote about a Houston pharmacist, his wife and their pal who scammed the government out of $21 million in... — Updated 7/29/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Telehealth Use Soars

Telehealth Use Soars Use of the Department of Veterans Affairs telehealth video for appointments went up 1,000% between February and May. The VA attributes this massive increase to veterans guarding against getting or passing along... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    News

The American Legion Needs Your Help

I came across an unusual confab outside the coffee shop today. What was different this time was the presence of younger veterans. "We'll help you," a young vet said to the group.... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Bugles Across America

There is no piece of music that elicits as much emotion as the 24 notes of "Taps," the bugle call played at military funerals and ceremonies. In 2000, Congress passed legislation... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Homeless Veterans and the Coronavirus

A recent Department of Veterans Affairs press release describes a new initiative asking the public to “provide emergency relief and facilitate remote access to health care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Veterans' Post: An App Just for COVID

Ah, here we go. I recently wrote here about a few Department of Veterans Affairs apps that might be helpful in reducing stress. Now we hear from the VA that it’s created a specific mobile app to reduce stress caused by the... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

VA OIG Finds Pattern of Deficiencies

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs has been busy following up on allegations and conducting inspections and investigations. The OIG was asked to investigate deficient staffing and... — Updated 5/19/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    News

VA Garners Awards

VA Garners Awards The Gears of Government Award is a program that recognizes individual federal employees and teams for performance and dedication to their agency mission. There are 29 agencies and councils in government, ranging... — Updated 4/21/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    News

Stand Downs Offer Help for Homeless Veterans

Do you need Stand Down services? Or are you willing to help create successful events for homeless veterans? Even though parts of the country aren’t quite out of winter weather, annual Stand Downs are gearing up. As spring and... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    News

Defrauding the VA

Why do these people think they’ll get away with their crimes against the Department of Veterans Affairs? Don’t they realize that they’re ultimately going to get caught? Item: A Michigan woman defrauded the U.S. government of... — Updated 3/4/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    News

The Veteran's Post; K2: The Black Goo

Were you stationed in Uzbekistan shortly after 9/11 until 2005? The place, Karshi-Khanabad, was called K2 and the ground was covered in black goo. Signs warned of radiation hazard, and the area frequently flooded. Pond water glowed... — Updated 2/26/2020

 

Learn How to Navigate the Medical Care Maze

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of medical care. When something is wrong, you need to know what it is, and quickly. That didn’t happen with a veteran in New York. For that veteran there was a delay in finding out about... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Freddy Groves    News

OIG is VA's Watchdog

Since 2012, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs has saved us $1.4 billion. They do this by showing up unannounced to do inspections, audits, reviews, assessments or investigations. They... — Updated 2/5/2020

 

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