Category Archives: VCS In The News

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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PTSD: Genetic link could lead to vet drug treatment

VCS ED quoted  From the New Haven Register By Peggy McCarthy, Conn. Health I-Team Writer A recent study that discovered a genetic link to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) could ultimately lead to breakthroughs in treatment or prevention, but advances … Continue reading

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GOP Cut Veterans Job Bill: How Vets Became the Latest Casualty in the War Against Obama

From Policy Mic by Jeff Danovich   Dear Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, and the 45 other United States Senators who thought it was more important to score political points than to do the right thing, On behalf of veterans throughout … Continue reading

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Obama Campaigns For Veterans’ Mental Health

From NPR by Scott Horsley On Friday, President Barack Obama was at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he spoke to troops and met with military families, including some who lost loved ones in Afghanistan. As that war winds down, the president … Continue reading

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