Category Archives: VCS In The News

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

TESTIMONY OF ANTHONY HARDIE, GULF WAR VETERAN AND DIRECTOR, VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE  BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS  FOR A FEBRUARY 23, 2016 HEARING ENTITLED: “PERSIAN GULF WAR: AN ASSESSMENT OF HEALTH OUTCOMES ON … 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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VCS Calls on VA Secretary to “Clean House” at Florida VA Regional Office

(Veterans for Common Sense – Jan. 6, 2016) – According to a Tampa Bay Times news story surrounding a new VA inspector general report, more than 41,000 pieces of mail containing veterans’ disability claim documentation were unopened  during a recent inspection at the troubled … 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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VCS ED on PRI’s “To the Point”

Yesterday VCS Executive Director Patrick Bellon was on Public Radio International’s “To the Point” with Warren Olney.  Also on the program were Jim Dao of the New York Times and Under Secretary for Benefits Alison Hickey. The topic was the … Continue reading

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Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicide and vehicle crashes, investigation finds

By American-Statesman Investigative Team They survived the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But they did not survive the homecoming. A six-month American-Statesman investigation, which paints the most complete picture yet of what happened to Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who … Continue reading

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