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  • VA wrongly declares thousands of veterans dead, stops benefits

    05/26/2016 9:31:01 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 26 May 2016 | Amy R. Connolly
    Some 4,000 U.S. military veterans and their families stopped receiving benefits over the past five years after they were wrongly declared dead, the newest in a string of problems to emerge from the Department of Veterans Affairs...... ust in 2015, benefits were incorrectly terminated for 1,025 veterans. The mistakes were largely due to employee error or wrongly interpreted data by the department's computers
  • VA Hospitals are not Disneyland – It’s time to privatize the VA now!

    05/24/2016 9:44:00 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 24, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, VA Secretary, Robert MacDonald set off a firestorm in the media when he compared long lines at Disneyland to the wait times veterans experience for health care, an analogy that riled veterans groups and lawmakers alike. MacDonald of all people should know better. He is a graduate of West Point and served with the famous All-American Division, the 82nd Airborne, before out-processing to greener pastures, namely Procter and Gamble, where he rose to CEO of the company before retiring from the private sector. Apparently, it doesn’t take too long to go from a free enterprise rainmaker to a federal...
  • Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Won't Apologize For Disneyland Comparison

    05/24/2016 11:40:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/24/16 | Daniel Halper
    The secretary of veterans affairs, Bob McDonald, refused to apologize for comparing VA wait times to Disneyland wait times earlier today on MSNBC. "Wait times are important but it is not the only measure of veterans experience. That's what veterans are telling us. We talked to a lot of veterans. It is important and if I were misunderstood or said the wrong thing, I am glad i have to correct it," said McDonald.
  • Speaker Ryan on VA Secretary: 'I Don't Know If He Should Resign'

    05/24/2016 8:40:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/24/16 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday stopped short of calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to resign over his comments comparing wait times at VA clinics to wait times at amusement parks. A reporter told Ryan that Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is calling on McDonald to resign. "Do you think it goes to that level, that he should resign?" the reporter asked Ryan. "I don't know if he should resign. He should clarify his comments," Ryan said. "He should show some empathy for our veterans that he's supposed to serve. This really is just beyond the pale,...
  • VA secretary: Disney doesn´t measure wait times, so why should VA?

    05/23/2016 9:03:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 120 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/23/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn´t use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn´t either. "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what´s important? What´s important is, what´s your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind
  • Rand Paul: "I'll Be Damned!" Before Government Takes Guns from Veterans

    05/21/2016 5:27:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/21/2016 | Matt Vespa
    The avid proponent of American liberty and individualism, Sen. Rand Paul took the stage at the NRA-ILA forum and spoke of our natural right to own and bear arms. "We must always remember that the Second Amendment can only properly be defended when we defend the rest of the bill of rights. You can't defend the second Amendment unless you defend the First amendment," Paul said. He went on to warn the audience of the trampling of the Fourth Amendment and how important it is for governing bodies to acquire search warrants before investigating individual citizens. He also mentioned new...
  • WaPo poll finds 90% of Native Americans NOT offended by Washington Redskins name.

    05/19/2016 10:55:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/19/16 | Robert Laurie
    Uh oh. So NOBODY cares. Bad news, outrage peddlers. We’ve known for some time that nobody really cares about your efforts to make America clamor for the end of the racist monstrosity known as the “Washington Redskins.” It’s been a non-issue for most people since day one. However, if you hate that ugly football team, things just took a turn for the worse. Not only is the majority ambivalent, but a new Washington Post poll has been released and, according to the data, Social Justice Warriors have failed to convince Native Americans that they should care either.
  • $10 Billion Later, The VA Makes Veterans Wait Even Longer To Get Care

    05/17/2016 3:31:12 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | John Merline
    When Congress rushed in two years ago to fix a chronic delay problem at the Veterans Health Administration, one of the key reforms was a new, $10 billion program called Veterans Choice. The goal was to give vets an option of going to a private doctor if they weren’t able to get a timely appointment with a government-paid VHA doctor.
  • ‘HUNTING FOR BUGS’: Surprise VA Kitchen Inspection After Reports of Roaches in Food

    05/11/2016 7:05:44 AM PDT · by sally234 · 18 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-11-16 | Tori Richards
    The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General went “hunting for bugs” in the middle of the night at two VA kitchens Tuesday after a Conservative Review investigation revealed allegations of an infestation so severe that cockroaches were served in patients’ meals. The inspectors descended upon Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in suburban Chicago at 3 a.m. to “conduct an impromptu walk-through of the kitchens,” according to an internal VA email sent to union leaders at 7:24 a.m. “They were hunting for bugs, I believe that’s what they were doing at 3 o’clock in the morning,” said dietician Kelvin Gilkey, who...
  • Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/08/2016 3:43:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th.  The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists.  The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close.  One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists.  NOVA had warned the politicians that they would sue if the harrassment continued.  From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA — The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • Feds Put Credit Card Felon In Charge of Major VA Purchasing Program

    05/06/2016 6:46:06 AM PDT · by IChing · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/5/2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Almost immediately after Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate #11109-017 completed a 14-month sentence for using sensitive credit card data on his previous employer’s computer system to steal $70,000, he was hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs in a position that ultimately led to his present job — running an office racked with credit card fraud and bribery problems. Braxton Linton is prosthetics service chief at the Caribbean Veterans Affairs hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Service chiefs are the top officials in each department in VA hospitals. VA prosthetics offices procure all assistive devices and use government credit cards...
  • VA:Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/03/2016 8:16:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th.  The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists.  The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close.  One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists.  NOVA had warned the politicians that the would sue if the harrassment continued.  From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA — The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • Whistleblower: Cockroaches Served for Dinner at Chicago-Area VA Hospital

    04/28/2016 9:04:54 AM PDT · by sally234 · 72 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 4-27-16 | Tori Richards
    A vermin infestation has overrun the kitchen of a suburban Chicago Veterans Affairs hospital and is reportedly so severe that cockroaches routinely crawl across countertops as cooks prepare meals. The insects have even found their way into patients’ food, employees say. The bug invasion has attracted the attention of a U.S. senator who is demanding to know how the VA is fixing the problem. It’s just the latest scandal at an agency rocked by allegations of abuse, incompetence and the needless deaths of veterans who wait years for medical appointments.
  • Only half of the $6 million Trump raised for vets has been delivered to charities

    04/23/2016 6:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2016 | John Sexton
    One of Trump’s most enduring and arguably most endearing campaign lines has been his promise to treat American vets better. When Trump dropped out of a Fox News debate in January he held a separate event at which he raised money for veterans. But three months later, Trump’s campaign adviser for veterans, Al Baldasaro, doesn’t seem too concerned about it. He told the Daily Beast, “I’m not concerned about it, because I know [Trump is] an honorable, honest guy… you guys just want to say, ‘gotcha.’”To be fair, Baldasaro is not a Trump staffer. The real problem is that...
  • Vets Are Still Waiting For Those ‘Urgent’ VA Reforms Obama Promised Two Years Ag

    04/20/2016 4:15:02 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2016 | Staff
    Health Care: In the summer of 2014, President Obama promised swift changes to resolve chronic delays and cover-ups at the Veterans Health Administration. Today, veterans are still waiting months to see doctors and the VHA is still doctoring wait times, an audit finds.
  • House Panel Embarrasses VA Undersecretary In Oversight Hearing [VIDEO]

    04/19/2016 9:52:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/19/16 | Luke Rosiak
    Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary David J. Shulkin gave false information to Congress Tuesday, claiming that a Daily Caller News Foundation post was wrong, only to have department officials be forced to admit shortly afterwards that the story was accurate. TheDCNF exclusively reported in March that Elizabeth Rivera was reinstated to her VA job, thanks to union rules after she got out of jail on an armed robbery charge and subsequent criminal conviction. TheDCNF asked department officials about the situation prior to publication and even got a written statement saying that Rivera’s behavior was not sufficient grounds for termination...
  • Did Philly VA shred vets' documents?

    04/19/2016 9:29:19 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Morning Call ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | Paul Muschick
    As if local veterans enduring endless waits for government benefits don't have enough to worry about, now there's this: Officials are investigating whether documents were inappropriately shredded at the Department of Veterans Affairs center in Philadelphia, which processes benefits claims from the Lehigh Valley. If a veteran's paperwork is shredded instead of added to a claim file, that could result in disability or pension benefits' being denied or delayed. The Philadelphia office and nine others were inspected without warning last month by the VA inspector general's office. The checks occurred because the inspector general discovered a claims center in Los...
  • They never learn: Watchdog finds falsified wait times at 40 VA facilities

    04/09/2016 4:17:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2016 | Rick Moran
    After two years of investigations, the inspector general for Veterans Affairs has found that 40 VA facilities around the country are guilty of deliberately falsifying reports on wait times for clients. To date, only 4 low level VA staffers have been fired despite the fact that supervisors ordered the falsifications of records in almost all instances.
  • Inside the Plot to Destroy Veterans' Health Care

    04/08/2016 6:10:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    AFGE (fed employee union) ^ | April 1, 2016 | N/A
    Veterans earned their VA health care when they signed the dotted line to serve our country. So when American Legion Commander Dale Barnett saw that a commission that is top-heavy with private hospital executives was trying to dismantle it, he had to be blunt. “I don’t understand how commissions paid by the federal government are able to break ranks, create an unapproved report and try to advance self-serving agendas while operating as congressional appointees,” Barnett said. He's talking about the congressionally-mandated Commission on Care, an entity dominated by private hospital executives and Koch Brothers-affiliated "policy experts." The commission's charge under...
  • Lawmakers want answers why VA stripped 260K vets of gun rights

    04/05/2016 7:12:53 PM PDT · by kitchen · 49 replies
    gus.com ^ | 3/25/2016 | Chris Eger
    Two Senate Republicans are seeking to understand the Veterans Affairs office practice of reporting veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system. Currently a veterans assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns. As of December 2015, the VA has reported 260,381 individuals to the FBI, effectively making them prohibited firearms possessors under the law. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa lawmaker who is currently the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, finds this...
  • The VA vs. Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta

    04/02/2016 5:21:26 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 54 replies
    LifeLine for Vets ^ | March 22, 2016 | Shad Meshad
    Army Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta has received notification from the VA that his benefits for a caregiver are ending in 90 days, at the end of May. The letter he received from the VA states “he is no longer appropriate for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.” They say they are pleased to inform him of this. According to the VA, even though Acosta, blinded by a mortar attack in Iraq, is still blind, they are excited (with an exclamation point to prove it) to let him know they have determined he’s “graduated,” and no longer needs a...
  • Obama Decision on U.S. Military Deployments to Iraq Expected in 'Coming Weeks'

    04/01/2016 8:20:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 31, 2016 | John Hayward
    “Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks,” Dunford said about plans to send in more American troops to help recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. “I brought it to the Secretary. The Secretary will engage with the President,” Dunford said, referring to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The number of troops deployed in Iraq is already much higher than the American people were led to expect, as the public learned after ISIS fired on a Marine artillery position near Mosul two weeks ago,...
  • Take Action: VA orders Bible removed from MIA/POW table

    03/31/2016 7:21:18 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 32 replies
    American Family Association ^ | 3/31/2016 | AFA staff
    A Bible and Bible verse have been removed from a POW/MIA display inside an Akron, Ohio Veteran's Administration clinic after a complaint from atheist Mikey Weinstein. For decades, these items have long been a part of a "Missing Man Table" commonly displayed at military functions and installations all across the nation. Weinstein said he intervened at the request of nearly a dozen, mostly Christian, military veterans who said they were offended by the Bible display. As usual, Weinstein failed to provide proof that these people actually exist...
  • We Were Winning When He Left

    03/30/2016 6:41:45 PM PDT · by pboyington · 13 replies
    DaleDye.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Dale Dye
    There’s a VA facility near my home and I pass by it about three times each week on the long runs I use to keep my body from stagnating as I grow older and achier. Seeing our American flag waving from a tall pole near the entrance to the veterans’ complex always puts a little bounce in my step. So I’m chugging by it last week wearing a sweat-stained PT shirt emblazoned with a replica of the Vietnam Service ribbon when a guy limping toward the entrance and leaning on a cane spots me. He smiles, waves and points to...
  • 260,000 Vets Stripped of Their Gun Rights With a Single VA Gun Regulation

    03/30/2016 7:51:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    independentsentinel.com ^ | 3/26/2016 | S. Noble
    Two Senate Republicans are trying to find out why 260,000 vets have been stripped of their gun rights. The Veterans Affairs office has made it a practice to report veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system. If veterans need help doing paper work, they lose their rights. It’s clearly a violation of the Second Amendment. Any veteran who is assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns.
  • VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling up to $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations

    03/29/2016 8:21:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Provides efficient, streamlined process in support of the MyVA Initiative of Medical Disability Examinations for Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans. A unique feature of this multi-contract award will see the consolidation of the contracts under a...
  • GLENN BECK--TED CRUZ SOCK PUPPET

    03/28/2016 1:37:08 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 21 replies
    Cruz is always talking about himself as if he is above it all, he is the responsible one, he is the grownup and the honorable one. Yet he allows Glenn Beck to declare that Cruz is "anointed for the time" and Cruz says nothing and I don't believe that this has been brought up on television. Beck has totally gone off the cliff in his grandiose promotions of Cruz and his outlandish insults to Trump voters. He has said "all through out the South the Evangelicals are not listening to their God", "no real Christian says I want that guy"...
  • Fired VA Whistleblower says, ‘It has been hell’

    Lisa Magin, a former VA Medical Supply Technician tried to do the right thing for the veterans at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, but it cost her a good government job, her medical benefits, and her 4-year ordeal with the VA has been a strain on her family.
  • VA: Program Offers $250 Reward for tips on Illegally Possessed Guns

    03/21/2016 7:54:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Richmond Police Department is trying an innovative approach to reduce violent crime.  Because the policy targets people who are not allowed to own guns, it might have positive effects.  David Kennedy has shown that most murders are committed by a very small group of violent individuals, usually associated with gangs and/or drug trafficking.  Identifying and focusing on those individuals has been shown to drastically reduce the murder rate.  One of the methods used to do this is to encourage people to turn in violent felons who illegally possess firearms.  Richmond Virginia has decided to run with this idea....
  • Burr cites WBTV investigation in Senate testimony on VA legislation

    03/16/2016 4:27:15 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 6 replies
    WBTV ^ | 3/16/16 | By Nick Ochsner
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBTV) - Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) cited a recent On Your Side investigation into problems with the VA Choice Program http://www.wbtv.com/story/31285298/veterans-families-call-wbtv-for-help-delays-at-va-medical-centers?clienttype=generic in testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Tuesday. Burr was testifying before the committee in support of legislation he introduced last week http://www.wbtv.com/story/31429194/burr-tillis-push-to-reform-va-program-highlighted-in-wbtv-investigation?clienttype=generic with a group of Republican senators aimed at making changes to the Choice Program. In his testimony, Burr cited the case of Marine veteran Jim Bancroft who told On Your Side Investigates about his problems receiving treatment by an outside provider through the Choice Program because the program's third-party administrator had...
  • Savior of VA's suicide hotline dropped 1.4M calls from vets (last 18 months)

    03/13/2016 7:10:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2016 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    A division of the Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with fixing up the VA's broken veteran suicide hotline has dropped roughly 1.4 million phone calls from veterans since fiscal year 2015, a VA whistleblower told the Washington Examiner. That high number of abandoned calls is raising questions about whether the VA is doing all it can to fix up the suicide hotline, which has been criticized as the latest part of the VA that is failing veterans. Scott Davis, a whistleblower and program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, noted that the VA's Health Resource Center is...
  • Union Officials Admit They Let Veterans Die Rather Than Talk To Republicans

    03/10/2016 4:41:40 PM PST · by blueyon · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/16 | Luke Rosiak
    Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free medical care, winter clothing, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action. (Photo...
  • How Donald Trump Kept Marco Rubio at Bay in Virginia

    03/01/2016 11:06:32 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 1, 2016 | Justin Sullivan
    It looks like Rubio carried the state’s wealthy northern suburbs, and Trump took the rest. (SNIP) Rubio’s strongholds overlapped heavily with those that lifted Barack Obama to his second straight win in the state in his 2012 reelection race.
  • Bill Clinton snaps at veteran during speech: ‘Shut up and listen to my answer’

    02/27/2016 5:53:26 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 84 replies
    American Mirror ^ | 2/27/2016 | Olaf Ekberg
    The long hours and grueling pace of the presidential campaign may be finally catching up with a rapidly aging Bill Clinton. During an appearance in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, a former Marine interrupted Clinton’s speech and asked him to address what Hillary was going to do about the VA. “What do you think should be done with the VA?” Clinton said in a raspy voice, turning the question back on him and yielding the floor. “The thing is, we had four lives in Benghazi killed and your wife tried to cover it up,” the Marine responded, eliciting boos and...
  • Veterans, families call WBTV for help with delays at VA medical centers:VANITY, I AM IN THIS NEWS

    02/25/2016 3:48:55 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 20 replies
    WBTV ^ | 2/25/16 | By Nick Ochsner
    I am one of the vets in this story. This is me in this story. I had a CT scan July 2014 and they confirmed the hernia I went to see them for, but they also found a cyst in my liver the size of a jawbreaker and found my spine was fusing between L2 and L3. I requested to see a surgeon for the hernia but they refused. I requested to see a hepatologist for my liver and they refused. I requested to see a spinal surgeon for the fusion and they refused. I only got care when I...
  • I will be interviewed tomorrow night at 6pm about VA delays

    02/24/2016 7:53:30 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 13 replies
    WBTV ^ | 2/24/16 | RaceBannon
    I am one of the veterans who was interviewed for this show tomorrow night
  • VA proposes raising employee pay to fix accountability

    02/24/2016 5:03:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/24/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said Wednesday an Obama administration proposal to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs by raising pay for senior executives does not address the agency's deepest problems. The proposal involves switching the classification of top VA officials from Title 5 to Title 38 of the Senior Executive Service, which would lift caps on how much the agency is allowed to pay certain employees. But the move would also prevent those employees from delaying disciplinary action by appealing their punishments to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Officials accused of wrongdoing...
  • FREEP the Hildebeast at 2 rallies in Virginia

    02/23/2016 12:12:33 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 10 replies
    Campaign email
    Join us this week as we rally for Hillary Clinton in Virginia! THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 11:45 am – 1:00 pm At the Verizon Auditorium in the Occoquan Building. George Mason University Science And Technology Campus 1900 University Boulevard Manassas, VA 20110 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 11:45 am – 1:00 pm At the Waddell Theater, first floor of the Waddell Building. Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus 21200 Campus Drive Sterling, VA 20164 Co-sponsors for both events are: Feminist Majority National Organization for Women (NOW) Virginia NOW Prince William NOW Robin Browder, President, Northern VA Chapter of National Coalition of...
  • INTERACTIVE: Take A Ride On VA’s Bad-Bosses Merry-Go-Round

    02/21/2016 7:20:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/21/16 | Luke Rosiak
    Department of Veterans Affairs leaders have shuffled nearly 100 hospital administrators to three or more cities each in the last eight years, often to deal with underperforming directors whom they could not fire, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis. The list of VA employees with unusual workplace moving patterns includes infamous names like Diana Rubens, who was a D.C. based administrator until she created a job for herself with less work and the same $181,000 salary near her family in Philadelphia. Then she billed VA for nearly $300,000 in relocation costs. It also provides a roadmap for a...
  • Veterans' Calls to VA Suicide Hotline Went Into Voicemail or Put on Hold

    02/17/2016 6:02:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | February 17, 2016 | James T. Mulder
    Veterans' calls to VA suicide hotline went into voicemail or put on hold SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Some veterans' calls to the VA's suicide prevention hotline in Canandaigua went into voicemail or were put on hold, according to an investigation. The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found more than 20 calls were routed to voicemail at a backup call center where staffers were unaware of the voicemail system and did not return the calls. The Veterans Crisis Line, operated by the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, has answered more than 1.86 million calls since it was started in 2007...
  • New Virginia Poll Shows the Race Clarifying

    02/16/2016 10:15:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Red State ^ | February 16, 2016 | Leon H. Wolf
    A new poll has been released for the State of Virginia, and it confirms a lot of the conventional wisdom about how the race is shaping up. Virginia is a Super Tuesday state and is probably a pretty good representation of how many of the Southern Super Tuesday states are thinking right now. On the Democrat side, Hillary leads Bernie Sanders, but by less than you would expect, at 52%-40%. You would think that, of the Southern states, Virginia might be especially friendly territory to Hillary, given that one of her stooges is Governor and given the increasingly high number...
  • Open Carrier had Gun Stolen After Dark in Newport News, VA

    02/16/2016 5:07:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 41 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An open carrier in Virgina is reported to have had his handgun stolen in Newport News, on January 29th, 2016.  The location is listed as on the 6000 block of Jefferson Avenue, and is said to have happened about 8 p.m.  From dailypress.com: The victim, a 37-year-old Hampton man, told police he was robbed as he walked across Jefferson Avenue to the lot at the Windsor House after visiting a friend at the Travelers Inn. He was wearing his handgun in a holster, open carry, on his hip, Eley said.The man said he was approached from behind by two...
  • Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch

    02/13/2016 1:55:56 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1,306 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | Updated 3:53 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016 | Gary Martin
    Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said. Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he was among those notified about Scalia's death. "I was told...
  • Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!

    02/13/2016 8:21:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 8 replies
    nraila.org ^ | Feb. 12, 2016
    As we have reported several times in the past (including here and here), the Veterans Administration (VA) has been reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of its beneficiaries who have been assigned a "fiduciary" to manage their benefits. The VA claims that such determinations constitute an "adjudication of mental defectiveness" under federal law, thereby prohibiting the beneficiary (presumptively for life) from acquiring or possessing firearms. The NRA has for several years been supporting legislation to correct this unjustified infringement on Second Amendment rights, including the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 2001, Rep. Jeff...
  • Sanders stretched truth on VA record during debate, some vets say

    02/12/2016 7:32:23 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | October 14, 2015 | Drew Griffin and Curt Devine
    (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders touted his record on veterans' issues during Tuesday's debate, citing his position as the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs when Congress provided billions of extra dollars to boost healthcare for veterans last year. "We went further in than any time in recent history in improving health care to the men and women of this country who put their lives on the line to defend us," Sanders said Tuesday, referring to $15 billion given to the Department of Veterans Affairs to decrease wait times and reform the troubled agency. Yet some veterans groups and...
  • On health care, Bernie betrayed vets to protect unions

    02/12/2016 7:27:01 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 2/9/2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    The conventional wisdom is that Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the honesty problem. But on at least one important issue, Bernie Sanders isn't shooting straight. Sanders falsely claims he's been leading the fight to save veterans from the corruption and deadly medical care delays at the Veterans Affairs Department - a message intended to resonate with New Hampshire's large vet population. The truth is, as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Sanders sabotaged VA reform. Sanders' allegiance is to public-sector unions, and to serve them, he betrayed vets. You wouldn't know that from his campaign-trail boasts. The next...
  • Bipartisan guns deal advances in the face of opposition

    02/05/2016 3:13:08 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 11 replies
    RICHMOND — A package of bills in the gun deal Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican lawmakers advanced Friday, putting the agreement on a path to final passage next week despite a continued outcry from gun control advocates. The deal would expand the rights of concealed carry handgun permit holders in Virginia and around the country in exchange for tighter restrictions on domestic abusers and voluntary background checks at gun shows. A House panel joined the full Senate in passing all three bills as of Friday. A floor vote in the House could come as early as Tuesday.
  • VA defends officials who allegedly stole $400,000 from agency

    02/04/2016 6:04:56 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/16 | Sarah Westwood
    A high-ranking Department of Veterans Affairs official on Tuesday defended the VA's failure to discipline two employees accused of misconduct, and blamed the outrage over their lenient treatment on "considerable external pressure" by the media and Congress to punish personnel who may not have done anything wrong. Sloan Gibson, deputy VA secretary, praised a judge's recent decision in personnel cases that stopped the demotions of Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, two VA officials accused of together stealing more than $400,000 in benefits from the government. ... According to the inspector general, Graves had pressured a colleague to leave his job...
  • Charity Watchdog Reportedly Places Wounded Warrior Project On Its Watch List

    01/31/2016 6:11:30 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-31-2016 | Fox News
    January 31, 2016 FoxNews.com The Wounded Warrior Project, the charity for wounded veterans, has been placed on Charity Navigator’s watch list over accusations of using donor money toward excessive spending on conferences and parties instead of on recovery programs, according to CBS News. According to the charity’s tax forms, obtained by CBS News, spending on conferences and meetings increased from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014, which is the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery. Charity Navigator is a watchdog organization that evaluates charities in the U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette, who returned...
  • Georgetown air gondolas one step closer to becoming reality

    01/30/2016 3:57:23 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 53 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 30 January 2016 | WTOP Staff
    This rendering provided by the Georgetown Business Improvement District shows what the Potomac River would look like if an aerial cable car system were installed alongside the Key Bridge. (Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District) WASHINGTON - It sounds like a wild idea - a Gondola carrying area residents and tourists over the Potomac River from Rosslyn to Georgetown and back again - but it could soon become reality. The hope is that it would ease congestion on the Key Bridge, especially since, according to the Washington Post, some 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. Today the project is one...