Category Archives: Legislative News

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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VCS Helps Expose Cessation of Funding for Unique Burn Pit Exposure Research Program

(Veterans for Common Sense – Dec. 26, 2015) – Veterans for Common Sense helped expose, in a series of news stories by Military.com reporters, that funding has been quietly dropped for a unique federal Burn Pit Exposure medical research program. The … Continue reading

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Senate spars on for-profit colleges accused of injuring troops, veterans

In a Senate floor speech this week, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) defended for-profit colleges accused of injurious practices affecting military service members, veterans, and student loan recipients. In an Oct. 29, 2015 Huffington Post article, McCain is quoted as accusing U.S. … Continue reading

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VCS Among 35 Groups to Call on Senate to Adopt VA Whistleblower Protections

Groups call on Senate to Adopt VA Whistleblower Protections Shanna Devine, September 16, 2015 Yesterday, more than 35 organizations and whistleblowers called on Senate leadership to adopt strong whistleblower protections for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and contractors. On … Continue reading

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VCS Calls on VA Leadership to ‘right the ship’ at St. Petersburg VA regional office

(Veterans for Common Sense – Aug. 31, 2015) –  A new report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inspector general found serious errors in one in every five of a sample of veterans’ disability claims processed by the VA regional office in … Continue reading

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U.S. Senator Baldwin Announces Growing Support for VCS-Supported Major Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Baldwin Announces Growing Support for Major, Bipartisan, VCS-Supported VA Reform Bill SOURCE:  Press Release, office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act would provide VA with the tools it needs … 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’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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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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