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Apr 22, 2011 ‘Veterans court’ faces a backlog that continues to grow

QUOTE: Veterans whose claims had already spent years in the VA system often wait several more years for the court to rule on whether they will receive disability payments and free health care. Some have abandoned their appeals. Others, including soldiers from as far back as World War II, have died before a decision was issued.

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2009 VA Reports Detail Misconduct By IT Officials

QUOTE: Two reports issued by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs point to a range of misconduct in the agency's IT department in recent years...

Aug 01, 2009 In Ranks of Heroes, Finding the Fakes

QUOTE: Military imposters are nothing new. But the problem has grown or at least become more obvious as charlatans are easily able to find fake military documents, medals and uniforms on auction Web sites.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2009 Veterans' facilities fall short in women's treatment standards

QUOTE: Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities do not consistently offer the level of services and infrastructure necessary to properly treat the growing number of female veterans, a government investigation concludes.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 13, 2009 Veterans Affairs Faces Surge of Disability Claims

QUOTE: The backlog of unprocessed [disability] claims for those [Veteran] disabilities is now over 400,000, up from 253,000 six years ago, the agency said.

New York Times
Jun 22, 2009 VA Moves Texas Brain Laboratory After Years Pass Without Testing

QUOTE: the Department of Veterans Affairs established a laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin with high expectations that it would conduct state-of-the art research into combat-related brain injuries. Last month, VA announced it was moving the facility, after spending more than $3 million without testing a single veteran with traumatic brain injury.

Washington Post
Jun 15, 2009 Hearing to detail VA mistakes with hospital equipment

QUOTE: Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs will testify before a congressional panel Tuesday about mistakes they say may have exposed thousands of patients to HIV and other infectious diseases.

Apr 10, 2009 What motive does the Army have to misdiagnose PTSD?

QUOTE: A reluctance to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder could be about the money, and about the need for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apr 21, 2008 Talking Veterans Down From Despair

QUOTE: The veterans’ hot line is part of a specialized effort by the department to reduce suicides among veterans by enabling counselors, for the first time, to instantly check a veteran’s medical records and then combine emergency response with local follow-up services. It comes after years of criticism that the department has neglected tens of thousands of wounded service men and women who have returned from war zones in Iraq.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 Lawyers step up to help veterans gratis

QUOTE: The approach marks the first time since the Civil War that attorneys have been recruited in large numbers to represent veterans. The lawyers hope their legal expertise will speed consideration of claims and result in better benefits for veterans, Stichman says.

Nov 17, 2007 A Learning Disability: Little is being done to give vets the educational opportunities their elders enjoyed.

QUOTE: Is it time for a new GI Bill? Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face so many other difficulties, it's hard to imagine the government's making their college subsidy a priority. Huge numbers suffer from brain injuries and emotional trauma and aren't getting enough care...Even some advocates of better vet care question if the government has the same moral obligation to volunteers in today's military as it did to draftees six decades ago.

Nov 16, 2007 Wounded warriors face home-front battle with VA

QUOTE: His story is one example of how medical advances in the battlefield have outpaced the home front. Many wounded veterans return home feeling that the VA system, specifically its 62-year-old disability ratings system, has failed them.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 22, 2007 Wounded troops overwhelm care: The current means of caring for returning vets is antiquated, compounding concern over the long-term cost of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week cited "fundamental system weaknesses" on the part of both the Defense Department (DOD) and the VA in how they treat wounded vets – including not enough staff and staff training.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 17, 2007 Revamp Urged for Care of Veterans: Bush Forwards His Proposals To Congress

QUOTE: The proposals are part of a broader effort by the Bush administration to overhaul how wounded service members are treated once they come home from war, a project launched after revelations eight months ago of shoddy conditions and mind-numbing red tape at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Washington Post
Aug 20, 2002 The Real Thing

QUOTE: ...there is an inexorably growing gap between the image and the reality of the Bush administration's policies.

New York Times