Category Archives: VCS In The News

VCS in the News: Guarded Optimism on New VA Secretary, Need to Reach Deeper

As new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob MacDonald passes his two-month mark in office, the news media have begun trying to determine whether or not he is likely to be effective in redirecting VA to a more … Continue reading

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VCS In the News

Veterans for Common Sense members’ advocacy has been in the press a lot this week.  See the round-up below: Letter to the editor on revenue neutral carbon tax, a national security issue, by John Darovec:   Article on Gulf War Illness treatment research citing … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times Critical of VA’s “Electronic Wait List” Changes

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

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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Gene Jones on U.S. Intervention in Syria/Iraq

Gene Jones is President of Florida Veterans for Common Sense (FLVCS) and a member of the Veterans for Common Sense Board of Directors.  He lives in Sarasota, Fla. *** By Gene Jones Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 1:00 a.m., … Continue reading

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Critical Complaints About Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Not Answered

A June 10, 2014 article by acclaimed journalist Dennie Williams, Critical Complaints About Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Not Answered, highlights efforts by federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RAC) Chair Jim Binns to bring new attention to the plight … Continue reading

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VA’s Unacceptable 80 Percent Denial Rate of Gulf War Illness Claims – What’s behind the numbers

Written by VCS Board member and Gulf War veteran Anthony Hardie Reposted with permissions from 91outcomes.com. (91outcomes.com – June 5, 2014) – A Military Times article today cites VA data showing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has denied nearly 80 percent, or four out of five Gulf … Continue reading

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Reno Dispatch Exclusive: White House Honoree Slams VA, Says Administration’s Investigation Barely Scratches the Surface

VCS was cited in today’s Reno Dispatch in an exclusive journalism piece authored by award winning journalist Jamie Reno, who has often authored investigative articles on veterans’ issues. *** In a scathing letter sent to [Acting VA Secretary Sloan] Gibson, White House Deputy Chief of … Continue reading

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