Secretary Shulkin Delivers His First ‘State of the VA’ Address WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin delivered his first “State of the VA” address today, highlighting the activity and direction of the agency since his appointment in February. In his address, Secretary Shulkin stated that he wanted to update Veterans on the progress the agency … [Read more...] about State of the VA Fact Sheet May 2017
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin warned Wednesday that the VA is “still in critical condition” despite efforts that predate his tenure to reduce wait times for medical appointments and expand opportunities to seek care in the private sector. In a “State of the VA” report, Shulkin, a physician, issued a blunt diagnosis: “There is a lot of work to do.” Sourced through … [Read more...] about WATCH: Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin says there’s ‘a lot of work to do’ to fix the system
https://www.c-span.org/video/?429945-1/va-secretary-shulkin-testifies-fy-2018-budget Unemployability Excerpt starts at 00:53:03 video CHAIRMAN ISAKSON >I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET FOR A MINUTE IF I MAY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL UNEMPLOYABILITY CAP. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE RATIONALE OF WHAT WENT THROUGH THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT WENT THROUGH … [Read more...] about Unemployability Discussed During Fiscal Year 2018 Veterans Affairs Budget Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on his agency’s budget request for fiscal year 2018.
Secretary Shulkin on the ‘State of VA’: Making VA into an organization Veterans deserve from May 2017 below “As a physician I tend to look at things in terms of the way I was trained – assess, diagnose, and then aggressively treat the patient,” he said before outlining the current state of VA, clearly identifying risks the department faces in caring for Veterans. Key issues … [Read more...] about U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin discusses the transformation of Veterans Affairs being undertaken by the Trump Administration Jul 11, 2017
Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ … [Read more...] about VA Announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (‘CARE’) Act
So many stories of VA not doing right by their veterans. Here's another this time, Bay Pines VA. When a hospital has to pause surgeries there is clearly something that went wrong. The OIG investigated a complaint that a thoracic surgeon was incompetent and while the OIG did not substantiate that the surgeon was incompetent though 3 veterans died within weeks while in post op … [Read more...] about Bay Pines VA another incompetence concern – 3 veterans die after thoracic surgery.
When you get an other than honorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge or a dishonorable discharge, you lose virtually all of your access to Veterans Affairs benefits. From the article "When service members separate from the military, their futures depend on something called a characterization of service. There are five different possibilities: honorable, general under … [Read more...] about Bad Paper Discharge? Mental Health Options Limited
House rejects proposed funding fix for VA Choice program PBS NewsHour-Jul 25, 2017 WASHINGTON — The House has rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups. The vote was 219-186 Monday on a bill to … [Read more...] about VA CHOICE Program News from 2017
Sec. Shulkin supports extending caregiver benefits under the following conditions: The current 26,000 caregivers should be protected from the following changes. Current caregiver fall under Tier 1 which provides the benefit if your injuries prevent you from performing 1 activity of daily living. Proposed caregiver changes would fall under Tier 3 which requires if you … [Read more...] about Philpott: VA, Rep. Roe tie caregiver benefit expansion to tightened eligibility