Yearly Archives: 2014

VA’s Medical Research Failures Continue to Grow | Veterans for Common Sense

A new example of VA’s failures on medical research — an often overlooked area where VA remains badly broken — has emerged near Fort Hood. An Austin, Texas newspaper reports that a $3.8 million mobile MRI machine, widely touted by VA … Continue reading

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Chairman Miller Responds to OIG Report, What’s Still Needed | Veterans for Common Sense

The following statements were released by the office of Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL-01), Chairman of the U.S House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. On August 7, a statement by Rep. Miller on the signing into law of the VA Reform Bill included … Continue reading

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VA Cooking the Books on Suicide Data, too | Veterans for Common Sense

Over the course of this year, systemic failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have become known to the public, including VA cooking the books on veterans’ healthcare, disability claims, and medical research. A new investigative report by … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times: VA Mislead Congress, Public on Veteran Deaths | Veterans for Common Sense

During the ongoing investigation into the growing scandal of VA cooking the books on veterans’ healthcare access, disability claims denials, and medical research coverups, a new trend has emerged:  VA officials at every level lying to Congress, the media, and … Continue reading

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VA’s Claims Backlog Assertions Disputed During Tense Congressional Hearing | Veterans for Common Sense

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials’ claimed to have nearly resolved the VA disability claims backlog during a Congressional hearing this week.  Those claims were widely disputed, not just by members of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs that … Continue reading

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228,000 Veterans’ Claims Never Completed, then Dropped by VA | Veterans for Common Sense

A new investigative report by NextGov’s Bob Brewin (“Hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims not processed”) shows that at least 228,000 veterans’ claims have been dropped by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because they weren’t completed in … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times Critical of VA’s “Electronic Wait List” Changes | Veterans for Common Sense

A new Tampa Bay Times article by journalist Bill Levesque, “VA rule changes eliminated thousands of veterans from waiting lists“, provides insight into the VA’s Electronic Waiting List (EWL) and its relationship to the current VA healthcare scandal. The EWL … Continue reading

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Reno Dispatch: Veterans Advocates Weigh In on New VA Secretary Appointment | Veterans for Common Sense

An unusual new Reno Dispatch article by award-winning journalist and frequent veterans’ issues writer Jamie Reno, “Stepping Into The Fire: Veteran Advocates & Pols Sound Off On Obama’s Choice To Lead Scandal-Plagued VA”, provides an array of veteran advocates’ commentary … Continue reading

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VCS Lawsuit Proved VA Wait Times Led to Veteran Suicides | Veterans for Common Sense

In 2007, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) and Veterans United for Truth and Justice, Inc. (VUFT), two veterans’ advocacy organizations, filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The lawsuit alleged that a severely dysfunctional … Continue reading

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VCS In the News: Pekin Times Editorial | Veterans for Common Sense

VCS’s 2007 lawsuit for veterans was cited in this May 29, 2014 Pekin Times editorial, “Veterans need real support from Congress“: In July of 2007 – during Bush’s administration, when Jim Nicholson was Veteran Affairs Secretary — Veterans United for … Continue reading

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