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Veterans Affairs audit: 50,000 veterans experiencing 90 day waits for health care

By David Lawder and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said on Monday that around 100,000 veterans are experiencing long waits for health care appointments at VA facilities, with more than half of these waiting 90 days or more. In results of an internal audit…

Obama pledges to uphold ‘sacred trust’ with veterans

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

Obama on Veterans Affairs mess: I will not stand for it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed anger on Wednesday about delays in care for wounded U.S. veterans, saying he will begin next week to get answers from investigations into what went wrong and who to hold accountable. “When I hear allegations of misconduct, any misconduct, whether it’s allegations of…

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…

House supboenas Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki amid calls for his resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki rejected calls for his resignation as a congressional committee voted to subpoena him on Thursday over allegations that his department caused deadly delays for veterans’ healthcare at some of its hospitals. The American Legion and two Republican U.S. senators have called for…

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