Tag Archives: VA

Disclosing Wrongdoing: How to Improve Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers help protect the government from waste, fraud, and abuse by reporting potential wrongdoing. Because there’s a risk of reprisal, such as being fired or reassigned, it’s important to safeguard whistleblowers’ identities and the information they provide. For National Whistleblower … Continue reading

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Information Technology and Veterans Affairs

Avid readers of the WatchBlog have seen some of our many posts on veterans’ access to health care and other support services, such as disability payments. Despite years of attempts to correct ongoing problems with health care and disability benefits, … Continue reading

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Housing with Supportive Services for Veterans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that nearly 40,000 veterans were homeless as of January 2016—making up about 10 percent of all people experiencing homelessness. To help, the government is converting unneeded federal property into supportive housing for … Continue reading

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Veterans Health Administration Management Challenges (podcast)

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides health care to the nation’s veterans, including everything from treating post-traumatic stress disorder, to providing surgical care, to caring for an aging veteran population. But VHA’s human capital challenges—including skills gaps and inadequate training … Continue reading

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Health Care for Women Veterans (podcast)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has policies intended to help ensure the privacy, safety, and dignity of women veterans when they receive medical care at its facilities. For example, exam rooms must have privacy curtains and exam tables must face … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Health Care Physician Credentials (podcast)

Are our veterans always being treated by qualified physicians? Millions of vets rely on the Veterans Health Administration to provide them with health care services, and VHA contracts out some of these services. How much does VHA know about these … Continue reading

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Answering the Calls of Veterans in Crisis (podcast)

Many servicemembers returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other deployments have struggled with mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance abuse. The Department of Veterans affairs established the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line in July 2007 to help veterans … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care (podcast)

The number of veterans receiving mental health care services from the Veterans Health Administration grew 63% between 2005 and 2013—about three times the rate for all health services. How has the increased demand affected veterans’ access to care? Listen to … Continue reading

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VA Overpayments on GI Bill (podcast)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided valuable education benefits—including tuition, housing, and books—to millions of veterans. But of the $10.8 billion paid out in fiscal year 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs identified $416 million in overpayments. These overpayments create … Continue reading

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Preventing Suicide among Veterans

An estimated 18 to 22 veterans die by suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. That’s almost one veteran every hour. For National Suicide Prevention Month, we’re taking a closer look at VA efforts to prevent veteran suicides. Reaching … Continue reading

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