VA Scandal

Gen. Allen: Hillary ‘Knows How to Use All Instruments of American Power’

PHILADELPHIA — Retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star Gen. John Allen delivered a speech praising presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in the voice of a military drill instructor, saying she will defeat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and take care of veterans.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Ret. Gen. John Allen delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 …

Things are Worse Than Ever at the Department of Veterans Affairs

It’s a year later. Nobody ever really got fired over the VA debacle. And while we’re hopefully past the business of supervisors cooking the books to collect performance bonuses, according to the New York Times, the waiting lists are worse than ever.

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki prepares to testify before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face to get medical care May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. The American Legion called Monday for the resignation of Shinseki amid reports by former and current VA employees that up …

Scandal-Plagued VA Hospital Still Making Vets Wait Months in L.A.

Despite claims made to Congress that the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) facility makes patients wait only four days for an appointment, internal documents from the facility show that 12,700 appointments wound up taking over 90 days before they actually occurred. Some new patients also had to wait months: data from January 15 showed over 1,600 new patients waited between 60 to 90 days.


OIG: Oakland VA Delayed Processing Disabilities for over a Decade

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been involved in a scandal regarding the failure to process valid benefit claims, forcing General Eric Shinseki to resign as Secretary of the department on May 30, 2014. In the latest depressing news, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published “Review of Alleged Mismanagement of Informal Claims Processing at VA Regional Office Oakland,” confirming allegations by Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) that the Oakland VA Regional Office had not processed nearly 14,000 benefit claims dating back to the mid-1990s.

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

Obama Touts VA Reform in State of the Union, but He Has Nothing to Brag About

“As a new generation of veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream they helped defend,” said President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday night. He praised a national campaign organized by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for helping “nearly 700,000 veterans and military spouses get new jobs,” asserting that “already, we’ve made strides” to improve life for veterans in America.

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A New Year’s Resolution for the White House

I don’t know.

Though we hear it very often, it’s an infuriating turn of phrase, and a choice one in political circles, recently made wildly popular by our president (see President Obama’s ‘I don’t know’ strategy — and its limits, by Chris Cillizza.)