GILBERT, ARIZONA | Congressman Biggs Introduces the “Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act”

GILBERT, ARIZONA – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act, which authorizes a pilot program to improve constituent services in Arizona. He released the following statement: “The Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) is still one of the most-poorly run VA facilities in the country. A recent report from the VA … Continue reading GILBERT, ARIZONA | Congressman Biggs Introduces the “Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act”

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on firings at VA

WASHINGTON /January 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A look at President Donald Trump’s statement Tuesday night on Department of Veterans Affairs firings and how it compares with the facts: TRUMP: “Last year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act. Since its passage, my administration has already removed more than 1,500 VA employees … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Trump on firings at VA

WASHINGTON | House poised to expand private care at VA, fix budget crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — House approval Wednesday of legislation giving veterans more leeway to see doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health system would help fulfill President Donald Trump’s promise of expanded private care. The long-awaited plan would mean a major change in how veterans receive their medical treatment. With approval from a VA health … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House poised to expand private care at VA, fix budget crisis

RICHMOND, Va | Virginia Democrats struggle with interlocking crises

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Democrats struggled to find their way out of three interlocking political crises Thursday that could bring down the party’s top elected officials and put a Republican in the governor’s chair. With Gov. Ralph Northam’s career in peril over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, the state attorney … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va | Virginia Democrats struggle with interlocking crises

WASHINGTON | AP Source: Trump considering Army veteran for VA secretary

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is considering an Army veteran who is a Republican member of Congress for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, part of a lengthening search for a nominee following the abrupt firing of David Shulkin in March. A White House official on Thursday said Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, who was elected … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP Source: Trump considering Army veteran for VA secretary

WASHINGTON | VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday promised to try to speed up payments to thousands of veterans after delays caused by information technology problems. “We are working diligently to minimize these delays affecting GI Bill students,” Paul Lawrence, VA’s undersecretary for benefits, said in a statement. Last year, President Donald Trump signed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

Washington, D.C. | Rep. Takano’s Bill Extending Paid Sick Leave Benefits to Wounded Warriors Working at the VA Becomes a Law

Washington, D.C. –Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Stivers’ (R-Ohio) Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act was signed into law. This law will ensure that newly hired veterans with service-connected injuries working in medical positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are able to take paid sick leave to receive the care they … Continue reading Washington, D.C. | Rep. Takano’s Bill Extending Paid Sick Leave Benefits to Wounded Warriors Working at the VA Becomes a Law

ALEXANDRIA, Va | Lawyers: Immigrant kids’ detention is prolonged, unexplained

ALEXANDRIA, Va—January 22, 2019— Immigrant advocates say they are suing the U.S. government for allegedly detaining immigrant children too long and improperly refusing to release them to relatives. Lawyers said Tuesday they expanded a lawsuit filed last year in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to propose including the cases of more than 10,000 children. Attorney … Continue reading ALEXANDRIA, Va | Lawyers: Immigrant kids’ detention is prolonged, unexplained