Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki appeared in front of a Senate panel to defend his agency against accusations that a V.A. hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, falsified scheduling reports, and that up to 40 veterans died awaiting treatment. Senators on both sides of the aisle pressed Shinseki — under mounting calls to resign — to do more. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he is angry and saddened by allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at a Phoenix veterans hospital. “Any adverse event for a veteran within our care is one too many,” Shinseki said in prepared testimony for a Senate hearing Thursday on the Phoenix allegations and other problems at the VA. “We can, and we must do better.” Continue reading
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is brushing aside calls for his resignation in the wake of reports of 40 deaths because of delayed treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital.
According to a new survey, 89 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans say they would join the military again, while also reporting a spike in suicide, reduced physical wellness and feelings of disconnection. Gwen Ifill talks to two veterans, Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Nathan Smith of Hire Heroes USA, as well as Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post. Continue reading
The Washington Post launched a special series Sunday called “A legacy of pain and pride” which looks at the lives of military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan through stories and polls in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with one of the authors of the series Greg Jaffe about the poll results and what they reveal about Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Continue reading
The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That’s down from 9.9 percent the year before, but well above overall civilian unemployment levels of around 7 percent over the same period.
The youngest veterans, aged 18-24, posted an ultra-high jobless rate of 21.4 percent, said the agency’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in its annual review of unemployment among former members of the armed services. Continue reading
- To right old wrong, Obama awards Medal of Honor to overlooked Hispanic, Jewish and African-American soldiers
President Obama awarded the nation’s highest medal for combat valor to 24 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American soldiers who served during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Pentagon blamed racial or ethnic discrimination for previously denying their honors. Gwen Ifill talks to retired Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Continue reading
When Congress reached a budget deal to fund the federal government, one of the controversial items they agreed to was a cut in military pensions. But does this break a promise to those who have served? Jeffrey Brown gets perspective from retired Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb. Continue reading
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Some veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home to face another battle: addiction to narcotic painkillers prescribed by their doctors. Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at whether these wounded warriors are being overmedicated with prescription opiates. Continue reading