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The VA Releases Its Equity Action Plan

In response to Executive Order 13985, the Department of Veterans Affairs has now released its Equity Action Plan. The order, signed in January 2021, was intended to bring equity to... — Updated 5/17/2022

 

Second Chances for Incarcerated Veterans

We recently had Second Chance Month, courtesy of a presidential proclamation. Its goal was to “provide meaningful redemption and rehabilitation for formerly imprisoned persons.” It requires, per the proclamation, a holistic... — Updated 5/10/2022

 

Can VA Puppy Program Help Combat PTSD?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has published its plan for starting up a pilot program for the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act. In the PAWS Act, the VA will do a five-year pilot program to... — Updated 4/26/2022

 

More VA Scammers Nabbed by OIG

The Department of Veterans Affairs investigative arm has been busy. Thanks to the VA's Office of Inspector General, a group of Georgia men have been convicted of stealing monthly... — Updated 4/19/2022

 

Patient Surveys Show VA Hospitals Improving

In the latest Medicare Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient survey, the Department of Veterans Affairs outperformed community hospitals in 10 of... — Updated 4/13/2022

 

The Stress of IBD

Coming on the heels of a stressful two years of pandemic, the Department of Veterans Affairs has aligned with a website dedicated to those who suffer from stress-related... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

Contaminated Drinking Water at U.S. Bases

We've known for years about the dry-cleaning chemicals and leaking fuel tanks contaminating the water at Camp Lejeune. It went on for decades (1953-1987) with multiple generations... — Updated 3/29/2022

 

Compounded Drugs Can be Rx for Greed

The Department of Justice nabbed a doctor who was licensed in both Texas and Oklahoma for writing drug prescriptions in exchange for kickbacks. The drugs in question were... — Updated 3/22/2022

 

VA Proposes Changes to Disability Ratings

If you have a Department of Veterans Affairs-rated disability, heads up. They're proposing changes to the schedule for disabilities for auditory, respiratory and mental disorders.... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

Top-Secret Ghost Army: The Stuff of Legends

It takes a certain kind of soldier to create diversions on the spot, pretend to be a much larger unit than they are and believably impersonate others, but that's exactly what the... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Hidden Talent Found in Veterans Village

Another blast of arctic weather was expected any minute and David, the project manager for the tiny homes in the Veterans Village, pushed the trades to bring all three homes under roof before the storm hit. Everyone hustled,... — Updated 3/1/2022

 

VA Expands Services for Senior Veterans

Services for senior veterans have been expanded, including home-based primary care, veteran-directed care and medical foster homes. The plan is to make these services -- 75... — Updated 2/22/2022

 

TeleHealth Visits Avoid COVID Delays at VA

The deployment of the new electronic health record at one of the Department Veterans Affairs health systems has been delayed. As of now, so many employees are sick with COVID-19... — Updated 2/15/2022

 

Inclusivity at the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a cultural transformation action plan with an 18-member task force created last year under a presidential executive order. That task force... — Updated 2/8/2022

 

A Veteran Comes in From the Cold

The dormitory veterans had made their way down to the railroad tracks in the woods, battling buffeting winds and sleet. There, it was rumored, they'd find a young homeless veteran... — Updated 2/1/2022

 

The VA Versus Covid

The Department of Veteran's Affairs has been battling COVID-19 from the very beginning of the pandemic. The recently released Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response Report Annex B tells... — Updated 1/25/2022

 

Full Education Housing Benefits Extended

If you're in school and were about to lose half of your VA education housing benefits at the end of last month due to remote classes, you're safe. Congress pushed through the... — Updated 1/18/2022

 

Mail Delays Prompt VA to Extend Deadlines

The Department of Veterans Affairs ran into a big snag with a printing vendor and a lot of notification letters to veterans were delayed. But fear not -- the VA is extending your... — Updated 1/11/2022

 

OIG Is VA's Crime Dog

Despite COVID and all the restrictions from it, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General has been busy. Here are a few of the scams they've uncovered and pursu... — Updated 1/4/2022

 

VA Ends Debt Relief

The Department of Veterans Affairs called a cease-fire on collection of overpayments between April 2020 and September 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. Now that debt collection has started up again. The VA will not, however,... — Updated 11/9/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

Sarge's attic dormitory

I slid through the backdoor of the coffee shop and found Sarge discussing the lease with four new guys – homeless veterans moving into the upstairs dormitory. “And now we come to the most serious clause of this lease... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By Freddy Groves    Military

VA, Fitbit team up

Do you have a Fitbit activity tracker? If so, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a free program for you. The VA and Fitbit have hooked up to provide one year of free membership to eligible veterans who have the device. This... — Updated 2/9/2021

 

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