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Senate passes bipartisan bill offering veterans more medical care options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easing healthcare delays for veterans by giving them more access to private care and allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to open more clinics and hire more medical staff. The vote in the Democratic-led Senate followed…

Senators reach bipartisan deal on veterans health scandal as 18 deaths are confirmed

Senate negotiators reached a bipartisan deal on Thursday to ease healthcare delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs as the agency’s acting boss revealed that 18 veterans on a secret waiting list had died while waiting for VA care in Phoenix. The Senate plan was quickly put together to address…

Obama vows to make sure veterans get necessary medical care

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At the end of a week rocked by allegations of mismanagement and cover-ups at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to vow again to make sure veterans get the necessary medical care. “Let’s keep working to make sure that…

Obama assigns deputy chief of staff to review embattled Veterans Affairs department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is dispatching his deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, to help oversee a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs as anger grows over evidence that veterans died while waiting for care. Obama, through his spokesman, has voiced his confidence in Veterans Affairs Secretary…

Department of Veterans Affairs: Gay spouses might not be eligible for federal benefits

Veterans in same-sex marriages may continue to be unable to receive some federal marriage benefits for their spouses and families, even though the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down. In a letter to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Title 38 of the United States…

Jon Stewart outraged U.S. has flying kill bots but can’t fix Veterans Affairs backlog

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart blasted President Barack Obama for failing to fix the growing backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs while arguing the government could be a force for good. Though Democrats have argued many of the country’s woes are due to…

New programs help drive veteran homelessness down 12 percent

In midst of the various challenges U.S. veterans face returning home from war, they received a welcome bit of news on Tuesday morning. Homelessness declined by 12 percent for veterans between January 2010 and January 2011, according to figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of…

NC Congressman: military vets ‘religiously disenfranchised’ in chapel

Here we go with the “Christian nation” and religious persecution complex again. (OneNewsNow): North Carolina Congressman Robin Hayes says some officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are engaging in anti-Christian discrimination. Last year officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs ordered the VA Hospital in Fayetteville to remove all…

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