Memorial Day can be an emotional day for those who have lost a loved one serving in the military. In turn, common remarks like “Happy Memorial Day” can be painful for some families to hear. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Obama, Shinseki under pressure More to it than just tea party vs. establishment Candidates matter McConnell wants Lincoln-Douglas debates Mississippi’s nasty Senate race is about more than Mississippi Obama vows accountability with VA scandal: Under … Continue reading
The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans’ hospitals nationwide. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Patience is wearing thin in Congress as lawmakers confront allegations of treatment delays and falsified patient-appointment reports at health centers run by the Veterans Affairs Department. A former clinic director says dozens of veterans died while awaiting treatment … Continue reading
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