Billboards were erected in Phoenix this week to thank Department of Veterans’ Affairs for “keep[ing] veterans strong,” after the agency’s watchdog exposed continued care delays and misconduct at the troubled hospital there.
The number of veterans waiting more than a month for care at Department of Veterans’ Affairs hospitals increased by thousands in two weeks, climbing to well over half a million at the start of October.
The Washington Post fact checker team gave President Obama “Four Pinocchios” for claiming that his administration fired “a whole bunch of people” who were in charge of facilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs since the VA scandal began in 2014, determining that the statement was completely false.
Veterans are still dying while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital at the center of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs wait list scandal exposed more than two years ago.
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed to prevent the overmedication of the nation’s veterans in an effort to curtail suicide deaths of former service members.
Over one-third of calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ crisis line in May rolled over to back-up call centers, according to emails from the hotline’s former director.
House lawmakers this week will consider the latest legislative effort to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to more easily hold employees accountable for misconduct, amid warnings from the Obama administration that the new bill would “undermine” the agency’s workforce.