April 18, 2017
Hope Yen | Press Herald
WASHINGTON — Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix VA medical center, which treats about 120,000 veterans.
April 17, 2017
Jared Hecht | Entrepreneur
When you ask successful entrepreneurs what it takes to run a successful business, they'll usually answer with a personal character trait, not a specific skill.
Tenacity. Determination. Passion. Adaptability. A willingness to take calculated risks.
April 15, 2017
David Polsdorfer | Lima Charlie News
After leaving the Marine Corps in 2006, Travis Wentworth went to the VA for help finding a job. As a Mortarman who served in the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, he was told that he had “no marketable skills”. Even after graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from California Baptist University, he still had trouble finding a quality job.
April 14, 2017
Noah Lanard | The Washingtonian
In 2012, Washington lawyer Jamie Rudert was told that working for the Vietnam Veterans of America counted as public service. After ten years of qualifying work, his law school loans would be forgiven. Last year, the Department of Education changed its mind, and he learned the three years he put in at VVA wouldn’t count.
April 13, 2017
Dianna Cahn | Stars & Stripes
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — When Navy Capt. Cassidy Norman was assigned executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, he and his wife, Michelle, were relieved. His career path was taking them back to Virginia Beach — where they’d lived before and knew to be a good fit for their severely disabled daughter.
April 12, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new message on public scrutiny: Bring it on.
President Trump’s pick to lead the agency, VA Secretary David Shulkin, is unveiling a new web site that reveals for the first time exactly how care at VA hospitals compares with nearby private-sector hospitals and national averages. The site has data for roughly 20 hospitals but more will be added soon, the VA says.
April 11, 2017
Rachael Kalinyak | Military Times
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new system to try to predict suicidal behavior among veterans called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health—Veterans Enhanced Treatment, or REACH VET.
The program allows the VA to analyze data from health records and identify veterans that are at a statistically higher risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness and other issues.
April 10, 2017
Malia Zimmerman & Will Carr | Fox News
Jason Simcakoski, a 35-year-old Marine, husband and father, died at the Tomah VA Medical Center in Wisconsin in 2014 from a toxic combination of prescription drugs. His overdose sparked national outrage, with some veterans calling VA hospitals “candy factories.” His death eventually led to the passage of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, which created stronger procedures for the prescription guidelines used by VA providers.
April 6, 2017
The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according to multiple sources.
The Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier this week, according to a statement from Senator John McCain’s office.
April 5, 2017
By the time they cut her from the program, Alishia Graham was angry, but not surprised. Her postman delivered the news in February.
"The letter was sitting at the top — and my stomach dropped because I knew what it was," she says.
The letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs informed Graham that her husband Jim, who sustained a brain injury on his third deployment to Iraq, no longer qualified for a caregiver to help with his daily life.