en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:28:04 -0400 15 House approves VA health care overhaul The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:54:00 -0400 Groups sue VA over rules on PTSD claims for sexual trauma Two advocacy groups are suing the Veterans Affairs Department for what they say are the department's discriminatory practices regarding compensation claims related to service-connected sexual assault. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Bill calls for Tricare to eliminate birth control co-pays Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require Tricare to provide birth control free-of-charge to beneficiaries at retail pharmacies and by mail. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:50:00 -0400 Report: Female troops struggle to get reproductive health care Active-duty women face immense obstacles in accessing sufficient reproductive and sexual health care in the military health system, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:33:00 -0400 Colo. VA employees face discipline for manipulating data The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:46:00 -0400 House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:46:00 -0400 Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:55:00 -0400 VA manipulated vets' appointment data, audit finds Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:12:00 -0400 VA seeks to improve services, care for female vets The rising ranks of servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has changed the nature of care needed at the Veterans Affairs Department - but the system has yet to fully adapt, advocates say. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:54:00 -0400 McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald - and there will be no honeymoon. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400 Pot-for-PTSD researcher denied reinstatement The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -0400 Miller faces sales job on $17B VA bill in the House Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:00 -0400 VA reform bill to get vote this week In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:48:00 -0400 Survey provides insight into newest generation of combat troops More than half of post-9/11 combat veterans say they have a mental health condition, but three-fourths report they are getting care, according to a new survey of young veterans conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:28:00 -0400 VA reform bills stalled by partisan bickering Plans for a comprehensive Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that appeared all but finished a month ago devolved into partisan bickering and funding fights on Thursday, casting doubt on the future of a deal. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:40:00 -0400 Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself - including by stabbing himself in the stomach. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:00 -0400 Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:06:00 -0400 Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:20:00 -0400 Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:00 -0400 Marine vet says he was forgotten in VA clinic A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:00 -0400 Vet cited for therapy ducks will get day in court despite fine being paid An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is getting his day in court after being cited for violating an Ohio village ban, even though someone else already paid his fine. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:39:00 -0400 VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved' At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0400 White House to launch new high-tech job training initiative for veterans New high-tech job training efforts being launched by the White House this week will include veteran-specific programs and placement efforts, Vice President Joe Biden told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention on Monday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0400 Study: Indirect link between combat and suicide risk One of the first comprehensive efforts to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges, according to a paper publ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:29:00 -0400 Use your VA loan benefit After a tornado ripped through Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill's house in Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, she and her husband began the hunt for a new home, thinking they would go through their previous lender to get another VA home loan. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:34:00 -0400 Don't let ignorance of VA loan program blow your deal Some veterans are losing out when they make a bid for a house because the seller - or the seller's real estate agent - doesn't want to deal with a VA loan. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:02:00 -0400 DoD still hasn't released final 2013 suicide numbers In 2012, the U.S. military hit a record for the number of suicides among troops on active duty - 319 - since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:04:00 -0400 Experts: Use behavioral therapy before meds for sleep issues Doctors and experts at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center want health care providers to try treating sleep disorders caused by traumatic brain injury with some common sense such as a quiet bedroom and staying away from coffee or energy drinks at Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:25:00 -0400 VA a no-show; store workers fix vet's wheelchair What the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his broken wheelchair. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:40:00 -0400 VA secretary: Albuquerque staff acted properly in vet's death Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Thursday that staffers at Albuquerque's VA hospital responded properly when a veteran died after collapsing in the medical center's cafeteria. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:05:00 -0400 Mission Family: Meeting loved ones at airport gate A decade after the Transportation Security Administration adopted a policy allowing airlines to issue gate passes to family members of troops arriving or departing for deployment, it's not always a clear-cut or easy process. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Part B enrollment required for over-65 crowd Q. I am retired from the Air National Guard, enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and using Tricare for Life. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:56:00 -0400 Ask the Lawyer: Ignorance of illegal drug can be defense A. As far as the Uniform Code of Military Justice is concerned, ignorance may be bliss - but only in certain specific circumstances. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:54:00 -0400 Texas veteran housing assistance delayed by paperwork Some Houston veterans say they've been sleeping on the streets or in shelters due to a disagreement between federal and local officials over housing assistance vouchers. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:32:00 -0400 VA asks for $18B to hire medical staff, lease space Veterans Affairs Department officials want nearly $18 billion more in funding over the next three years to hire more clinicians, lease more space and cut down on wait times for medical appointments. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:08:00 -0400 DoD testing child care online search tool A project is underway to allow military families to search online for military child care - and get placed on the waiting list - at their current duty station or next duty station. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:20:00 -0400 Study: New combat treatment guidelines saved troops' lives New procedures to treat massive blood loss from combat injuries are saving lives, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:13:00 -0400 VA bill will get vote soon, panel chairman says The House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman expressed confidence Wednesday that the bill to fix problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs Department would be voted on before Congress leaves for its August recess. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:48:00 -0400 Marine paralyzed by sniper's bullet walks with use of exoskeleton Like any active 30-year-old, Marine Capt. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:05:00 -0400 Senate panel proposes ending tobacco discounts Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate on Tuesday. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:10:00 -0400 Tricare to pay for some lab-developed tests in pilot program The Defense Health Agency is launching a pilot program Friday that will allow Tricare to pay for some medical tests developed by laboratories. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:24:00 -0400 VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made 'tremendous progress' in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:23:00 -0400 Veteran designation now available for Nebraska licenses Nebraska veterans now have the option to display their status on driver's licenses and state identification cards. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:48:00 -0400 Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans The federal agency responsible for caring for America's veterans, already mired in scandal over delays in health care, continues struggling with another major responsibility of paying compensation to those injured, wounded or who grew ill from service in Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:18:00 -0400 Prosthetics for the brain could restore memory after TBI The Pentagon's research arm is exploring the development of brain implants that might one day reverse memory loss caused by traumatic brain injuries, the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:24:00 -0400 Time running out for some Ohio veterans' bonuses Veterans who served in Iraq during the war only have a few months left to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500, and state officials are expanding their efforts to reach potentially thousands of veterans who may miss out by not applying. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:22:00 -0400 Lawmakers hope to get VA reform bill back on track Now that the price tag for the Veterans Affairs Department reform bill has been slashed by about $120 billion over three years, lawmakers are hopeful the legislation can move ahead quickly. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:27:00 -0400 911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet Newly released 911 tapes reveal the efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:50:00 -0400 VA health care failed suicidal vets, families testify In March 2011, former Marine Clay Hunt faced a life full of promise. Having survived a gunshot wound and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he traveled to Haiti to do humanitarian work, had a new job and was shopping for a truck. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:00 -0400 Lawmakers propose bill to improve VA suicide prevention care House lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation they say would improve suicide prevention at the Veterans Affairs Department and bring together former service members needing help. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:11:00 -0400 Retired Navy doctor named to interim VA post The Veterans Affairs Department has named a career Navy doctor to serve as interim director of its Office of the Medical Inspector. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:00 -0400 VA official 'sickened' by whistleblower retaliation The Veterans Affairs Department's second-ranking health official offered a blunt, harsh assessment of his department to Congress on Tuesday night: 'We failed in the trust America placed in us.' Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:36:00 -0400 Military caregiver webinar set for Thursday Military caregivers, who often need to find additional employment to support their families, may face the risk of job discrimination because of their family responsibilities in caring for their wounded, ill or injured service member. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:49:00 -0400 Tricare Help: Can Tricare Reserve Select beneficiaries get care on post? Q. My husband is in the Army Reserve and we are enrolled in Tricare Reserve Select. I prefer to go to the Army hospital on post for emergency room and OB-GYN visits. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:38:00 -0400 Kevlar for the Mind: Magnets, pulses among alternative PTSD treatments Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the most common psychiatric problems faced by service members and veterans. Although their effectiveness varies from person to person, medication and psychotherapy can help the majority of people. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:16:00 -0400 Consumer Watch: Comparing 'private label' prices takes time, but can save money When it comes to cheaper alternatives to name brands, commissaries' options run neck-and-neck with - and often beating - Wal-Mart's private label prices, according to a limited comparison by Military Times. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:13:00 -0400 Latest food-safety effort starts with mashed potatoes What began as a line of defense against biological warfare has been unleashed on unsuspecting victims in an Army laboratory - 150 mashed potatoes, to be exact. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:09:00 -0400 VA to restructure medical inspector's office The Veterans Affairs Department will reorganize its Office of the Medical Inspector following a scathing report that found officials downplayed whistleblower complaints and failed to take seriously charges of deficient patient care at VA hospitals and cli Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:50:00 -0400 VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines presumptive conditions for Gulf War veterans. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400 VA nominee Bob McDonald pledges more effective agency Last fall, at a leadership event at Abilene Christian University, former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald talked about how a West Point cadet prayer has influenced most of his business career. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:40:00 -0400