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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago buddies tried to get the VA to sell access to veterans’ medical records

A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica’s reporting found Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan for the Department of Veterans Affairs to monetize patient data.... Read more»

‘Hard choices’ at VA could include cut to unemployability benefit

Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans.... Read more»

VA: Treating vets discharged ‘other than honorably’ can cut suicides

A program that lets veterans with other-than-honorable discharges get emergency mental health care is just one of the steps the VA is taking to address increasing suicides by vets. The agency says 20 veterans in the U.S. take their own lives per day. Of those, only six used VA health care.... Read more»

VA official: Nelson right choice to head Phoenix hospital, despite objections

RimaAnn Nelson is the right choice to take over the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary David Shulkin, despite objections from Arizona’s congressional delegation and her record of managing a facility that failed to meet sanitation standards that potentially put thousands of veterans at risk of being exposed to HIV.... Read more»