United States Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23687/all en US Supreme Court won't take combat veterans' mental health appeal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/us-supreme-court-wont-take-combat-veterans-mental-health-appeal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Veterans say VA slow in processing mental health claims</p> <p>* They say delays contributed to veterans' suicides</p> <p>* Lower court had ruled against veterans</p> <p>By Jonathan Stempel</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on<br /> Monday refused to consider a challenge by veterans who said<br /> delays by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in processing<br /> combat-related mental health claims contributed to suicides by<br /> veterans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/us-supreme-court-wont-take-combat-veterans-mental-health-appeal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Court of appeals Entertainment Environment Health Hospitality Labor Law Person Location Politics Social Issues U.S. Supreme Court United States courts of appeals United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Veterans for Common Sense Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731425 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. military veteran suicides rise, one dies every 65 minutes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/us-military-veteran-suicides-rise-one-dies-every-65-minutes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The most extensive study yet by the U.S. government on suicide among military veterans shows more veterans are killing themselves than previously thought, with 22 deaths a day - or one every 65 minutes, on average.</p> <p>The study released on Friday by the Department of Veterans Affairs covered suicides from 1999 to 2010 and compared with a previous, less precise VA estimate that there were roughly 18 veteran deaths a day in the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/us-military-veteran-suicides-rise-one-dies-every-65-minutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Labor Social Issues Suicide United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran War Thomson Reuters Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:15:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743721 at http://www.globalpost.com Veterans' claims put pressure on Obama even as backlog dips http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130525/veterans-claims-put-pressure-obama-even-backlog-dips <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Phil Stewart</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-growing backlog of U.S. military veterans' disability claims, which has stoked congressional anger, has dipped in recent weeks, however tentatively.</p> <p>But that is not taking any pressure off President Barack Obama, his Department of Veterans Affairs or the Pentagon to fix a system that has left veterans waiting - sometimes for years - to get answers from the U.S. government about their disability claims.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130525/veterans-claims-put-pressure-obama-even-backlog-dips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Eric Shinseki United States United States Department of Veterans Affairs War Thomson Reuters Sat, 25 May 2013 04:09:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5845837 at http://www.globalpost.com DC gunman treated for insomnia before shooting: veterans' agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130918/suspected-washington-shooter-never-sought-specialized-mental-he <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Phil Stewart</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Navy Yard gunman was treated for insomnia in August at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but said he did not have violent thoughts and did not seek care from a VA mental health specialist, the VA said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Aaron Alexis, 34, a veteran of the Navy Reserve who had a security clearance to enter bases as an information technology contractor, was shot dead by police on Monday after opening fire on people at the Navy Yard complex, killing 12 people.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130918/suspected-washington-shooter-never-sought-specialized-mental-he" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aaron Alexis United States Department of Veterans Affairs Thomson Reuters Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:33:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5937968 at http://www.globalpost.com Gaps emerge in U.S. efforts to shield troops, vets from shutdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131003/gaps-emerge-us-efforts-shield-troops-vets-shutdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Phil Stewart</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama signed the "Pay Our Military Act" on Monday, the goal was to ensure that U.S. troops get their salaries on time during the federal government shutdown along with essential payments like housing allowances.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131003/gaps-emerge-us-efforts-shield-troops-vets-shutdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> G.I. Bill Technology United States United States Department of Veterans Affairs Thomson Reuters Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:17:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5951239 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. veterans agency slashes claims backlog by a third since March http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131107/us-veterans-agency-slashes-claims-backlog-third-march <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Phil Stewart</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After growing steadily for years, the backlog of U.S. military veterans' disability claims is falling sharply - dropping by more than a third since March, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said on Thursday.</p> <p>Eric Shinseki said the progress kept him on track to eliminate the claims backlog by sometime in 2015. It would also allow him to briefly halt mandatory overtime for claims processors, one of the reasons the backlog has fallen.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131107/us-veterans-agency-slashes-claims-backlog-third-march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Eric Shinseki Eric Shinseki Labor Law Social Issues United States United States Department of Veterans Affairs War Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:34:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5983425 at http://www.globalpost.com Column: U.S. woman finds encore career providing homes to disabled vets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131111/column-us-woman-finds-encore-career-providing-homes-disabled-ve <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Miller</p> <p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - Vicki Thomas was at an age where many people look forward to retirement. She had enjoyed a successful career in public relations and marketing, including stints at a financial services trade group, a major television network, and running her own Connecticut-based marketing company.</p> <p>But Thomas flipped on the television one day in 2009 and saw something that launched her on to a new career at age 64.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131111/column-us-woman-finds-encore-career-providing-homes-disabled-ve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Purple Heart United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Vicki Thomas War Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:46:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5986095 at http://www.globalpost.com Man shot, woman in custody in Vancouver, Wash.'s 2nd office shooting in 2 days http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140204/shots-fired-vancouver-wash-public-health-building-citys-2nd- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER, Wash. - A 45-year-old Veterans Affairs worker was shot and wounded Tuesday inside a public health building in southwest Washington state and a woman taken into custody was also injured, a sheriff's spokesman said.</p> <p>It was the second workplace shooting in Vancouver, Wash., in two days.</p> <p>Tuesday's shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the Center for Community Health on the Department of Veterans Affairs campus, Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Fred Neiman said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140204/shots-fired-vancouver-wash-public-health-building-citys-2nd-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Labor Law United States Department of Veterans Affairs Vancouver Police Department The Canadian Press Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:33:06 +0000 The Canadian Press 6061807 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunwoman wounds employee at Washington state health office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140205/gunwoman-wounds-employee-at-washington-state-health-office <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - A 46-year-old woman opened fire in a medical building on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs campus in southern Washington state on Tuesday, wounding an employee, officials said.</p> <p>The gunfire erupted at about 4 p.m. local time on the fourth floor of a medical building on the Vancouver Campus of the Portland (Veterans Affairs) Medical Center, near Portland, Oregon, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140205/gunwoman-wounds-employee-at-washington-state-health-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Health Labor Law Technology United States Department of Veterans Affairs Thomson Reuters Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:47:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6062060 at http://www.globalpost.com Joblessness among Gulf War era veterans inches down to 9.9 per cent for 2013, but still high http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140320/joblessness-among-gulf-war-era-veterans-inches-down-99-cent- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - New Labor Department figures show the unemployment rate for working-age veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces since September 2001 edged down slightly in 2013, to 9.0 per cent. But Thursday's report also found that the rate remained well above the overall civilian unemployment figure of 6.7 per cent.</p> <p>The decrease followed a decline to 9.9 per cent in 2012.</p> <p>The statistics cover veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces at any time since September 2001, a group referred to as Gulf War-era veterans.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140320/joblessness-among-gulf-war-era-veterans-inches-down-99-cent-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Law Military personnel United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran The Canadian Press Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:34:59 +0000 The Canadian Press 6100409 at http://www.globalpost.com Advocates say bureaucrats sabotaging improvements to veterans care and benefits http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140408/advocates-say-bureaucrats-sabotaging-improvements-veterans-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Veterans of bureaucratic battles over the treatment of ex-soldiers unleashed a scathing critique Tuesday of the Harper government's record.</p> <p>Outspoken advocate Sean Bruyea, at the centre of a privacy scandal when his personal medical information was leaked, testified to a parliamentary committee that MPs have failed to hold the department of veterans affairs accountable and to demand recommendations from previous studies be implemented.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140408/advocates-say-bureaucrats-sabotaging-improvements-veterans-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Labor Politics of Canada Sean Bruyea United States Department of Veterans Affairs The Canadian Press Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:04:57 +0000 The Canadian Press 6116635 at http://www.globalpost.com Phoenix veterans hospital chief put on leave, care delay probed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140502/phoenix-veterans-hospital-chief-put-leave-care-delay-probed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By David Schwartz</p> <p>PHOENIX (Reuters) - The top official at a Phoenix veterans hospital was placed on indefinite leave on Thursday while regulators probe whistleblowers' claims that delayed care may have led to the deaths of as many as 40 veterans, the head of U.S. veterans affairs said.</p> <p>Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said in a statement that Director Sharon Helman was put on administrative leave "until further notice" pending a "thorough" review by the agency's inspector general's office.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140502/phoenix-veterans-hospital-chief-put-leave-care-delay-probed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eric Shinseki Health Labor Military Politics Social Issues United States Department of Veterans Affairs Thomson Reuters Fri, 02 May 2014 10:36:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6136464 at http://www.globalpost.com VA's Shinseki gets House subpoena, says won't resign http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140508/vas-shinseki-gets-house-subpoena-says-wont-resign <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki rejected calls for his resignation as a congressional committee voted to subpoena him on Thursday over allegations that his department caused deadly delays for veterans' healthcare at some of its hospitals.</p> <p>The American Legion and two Republican U.S. senators have called for Shinseki to step down following reports on whistleblowers' claims that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments or specialist care at the VA hospital in Phoenix.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140508/vas-shinseki-gets-house-subpoena-says-wont-resign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eric Shinseki Health Labor Social Issues United States Department of Veterans Affairs United States House of Representatives War Thomson Reuters Thu, 08 May 2014 20:16:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6142193 at http://www.globalpost.com Veterans Affairs worker in Wyoming placed on leave in patient delay scandal - report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140510/veterans-affairs-worker-wyoming-placed-leave-patient-delay-scan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - A Veterans Affairs healthcare coordinator was placed on administrative leave on Friday following revelations of an email sent last year outlining a scheme for masking delayed treatment of patients at a VA medical facility in Wyoming, CBS News reported.</p> <p>The report comes as Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki faces increased pressure to resign over charges his department allowed deadly delays in care at some of its hospitals for veterans.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140510/veterans-affairs-worker-wyoming-placed-leave-patient-delay-scan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Health Healthcare in the United States Labor Law Social Issues Technology United States United States Department of Veterans Affairs Thomson Reuters Sat, 10 May 2014 06:22:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6143322 at http://www.globalpost.com Lawmaker asks Obama to form panel on veteran care delays http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140513/lawmaker-asks-obama-form-panel-veteran-care-delays <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By David Lawder</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Expressing frustration with a growing controversy over medical care delays for veterans, a prominent U.S. congressman asked President Barack Obama on Tuesday to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the issue.</p> <p>Representative Jeff Miller, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the commission was needed because "VA's delays in care problem is growing in size and scope by the day."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140513/lawmaker-asks-obama-form-panel-veteran-care-delays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Eric Shinseki Health Labor Law Military Politics United States Department of Veterans Affairs Thomson Reuters Wed, 14 May 2014 01:52:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6146330 at http://www.globalpost.com