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Veterans for Common Sense Statement on Appointment of New VA Secretary  

(Washington – January 11, 2017)  – Veterans for Common Sense, a Washington, DC-based veterans organization, today released the following statement regarding the appointment of David Shulkin, M.D. as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “After substantial public … Continue reading

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VCS Presents on Gulf War Guidelines to Federal VA Advisory Committee, Provides New Public Education Documents

(Veterans for Common Sense – August 8, 2016) – Veterans for Common Sense Director Anthony Hardie today presented to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) federal advisory committee regarding the impetus behind a new federal relook of clinical guidelines … Continue reading

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VCS Praises Senate Leadership for Preserving Medical Research

(Washington – June 7, 2016) – Veterans for Common Sense praised Senate leaders for passing an amendment today to preserve federal medical research – including the federal, treatment-focused Gulf War Illness Research Program strongly supported by VCS and Gulf War … Continue reading

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VCS Provides Written Testimony for Congressional Hearing on Gulf War Veterans’ Claims Denials

Veterans for Common Sense provided the following invited written testimony for a March 15, 2016 Congressional hearing on Gulf War veterans’ benefits and disability claims denials. SUBMISSION FOR THE RECORD OF ANTHONY HARDIE, GULF WAR VETERAN AND DIRECTOR, VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE  BEFORE THE … Continue reading

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Congressional Hearing to Examine Gulf War Veterans’ Claims Denials by VA

  SOURCE:  House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Press Release, March 14, 2016   HVAC to Examine VA’S Gulf War Illness Disability Claims Process WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office … Continue reading

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Senators Demand Help for Military Borrowers Who Were Overcharged on Student Loans

Murray, Warren, Blumenthal, Durbin Demand Help for Military Borrowers Who Were Overcharged on Student Loans The senators’ letter follows an Inspector General report showing the Department of Education released statistically flawed information, papering over mistreatment of military borrowers Years after … Continue reading

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WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Special Counsel Says VA Sought to Attack, Discredit Whistleblowers

SOURCE:  Washington Beacon, Alana Goodman reporting, Feb. 29, 2016 http://freebeacon.com/issues/special-counsel-says-va-sought-to-attack-discredit-whistleblowers/ ARCHIVED ARTICLE: NOTE: The VA inspector general’s office did not respond to request for comment.   Special Counsel Says VA Sought to Attack, Discredit Whistleblowers By Alana Goodman The Washington … Continue reading

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VCS Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Gulf War Veterans’ Health, timed for Gulf War 25th Anniversary

Veterans for Common Sense provided the following invited testimony for a February 23, 2016 Congressional hearing on Gulf War veterans’ health.  Anthony Hardie, VCS Director, testified and was accompanied by fellow Gulf War veteran and advocate David Winnett.  Winnett’s compelling … Continue reading

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VCS to Testify Before Congress on Gulf War Veterans’ Health on War’s 25th Anniversary

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold an oversight hearing examining the medical care and … Continue reading

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VCS: IOM Gulf War Report “Turns Science On Its Head,” Researchers Say

  WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –– Gulf War Illness is the “signature” health problem of 1991 Gulf War veterans, affecting an estimated 24-33% of the nearly 700,000 who served, according to a new report of the Institute of Medicine, but researchers … Continue reading

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