Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend — but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans’ community.
According to data published Tuesday by the Defense Department, 479 service members — 259 active-duty troops, 87 Reserve members and 133 National Guard members — died by suicide in 2013, down from 319 active-duty members and 203 non-activated Reserve and Guard members in 2012.
For decades, the nation has debated the role that experienced private sector executives have to play in Washington.
In the 1950s, President Eisenhower's defense secretary, the former GM chief Charlie Wilson, was famously misquoted as saying, "What's good for General Motors is good for the country." The quote took on a life of its own as a warning against the conflicts of interest between government and business.
An inpatient pharmacy technician supervisor at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Palo Alto facility said he experienced retaliation and a gag order from his superiors after speaking up about errors and delays in delivery of medication to patients.
Stuart Kallio said he was placed on administrative leave in June after writing a string of emails to his superiors, beginning on Feb. 5, that described the pharmacy as being incompetent and led by uncaring management, with consequences to patient care.
WASHINGTON — A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
Medical professionals from coast to coast have pointed out problems at the VA, only to suffer retaliation from supervisors and other high-ranking officials, according to a report Monday by a private government watchdog.
With federal investigators looking into a whistleblower complaint that disability applications were wrongly deleted from Atlanta’s Veterans Affairs Health Eligibility Center, advocacy groups are offering their support to help get benefits awarded in full.
Georgians having problems getting into the VA health care system can turn to the state Department of Veterans Service for assistance in receiving benefits under the “vast, frequently changing, and complex framework” of federal laws, the agency said in a news release….
One of the country's leading veterans organizations is expanding efforts to create an electronic veterans forum, a digital information armory that allows vets to share data, contacts and insights about issues such as lengthy wait times for medical services.
The tech-based initiative is intended for the public, policy makers, media representatives and especially for veterans and their family members, said Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive officer and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
The mishandling of thousands of documents at the Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs delayed payments in excess of $25,000 to some veterans, according to new details made public Monday by the department's inspector general.
Agency auditors reported widespread problems with records management in Baltimore in a three-page memo released in advance of a congressional hearing Monday evening.
In one incident, they said, an employee was seen last month carrying veterans' claims folders in suitcases back to the office from her home.
A former high-ranking Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs official pleaded guilty to extortion Monday in federal court after falsely claiming about $1.4 million in government benefits over a 16-year period.
A bipartisan group of 16 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, including Montana’s Republican Rep. Steve Daines, cosponsored a bill Thursday that addresses the estimated 22 veteran suicides that occur every day.
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act was introduced by Republican House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller of Florida and Democratic Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota and was cosponsored by Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Army helicopter pilot severely wounded in Iraq.
The Obama administration prides itself on righting the sins of past regimes, including expanding access to health care for Vietnam veterans who suffered from exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange.
But veterans groups worry the administration is on track to repeat past mistakes by refusing thousands of disability claims that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans say are related to breathing toxic fumes from open burn pits—which were used for years to discard everything from trash and human waste to vehicles and batteries.