Department of Veterans Affairs

VA hospital left scalpel in body of vet after surgery, lawsuit claims

An Army veteran from Connecticutt claims in a lawsuit that a scalpel was left inside his body after a surgery four years ago at a VA hospital, reports on Monday said.<p>Doctors discovered the instrument in Glenford Turner's abdomen during a recent MRI, Glenford Turner's lawyer said.<p>The 61-year-old …

Medicine

VA makes opioid prescribing rates public for first time

The opioid prescription rates at the VA medical centers in Florida dropped by at least 25 percent between 2012 and 2017, according to a new …

Pain

VA says it won’t study medical marijuana’s effect on veterans

<b>By Katie Zezima | Washington Post</b><p>The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help …

Cannabis

VA Hospital In Aurora To Open In August

<b>AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)</b>– The Department of Veterans Affairs says the the VA Hospital in Aurora will open in August.Congressman Mike Coffman, a …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Boycotting Trump

A budding movement among House Democrats ignores recent history.<p>A number of House Democrats have announced that they will not attend President Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, scheduled for January 30. They argue that his remarks are too dishonest and divisive to …

Tim Hortons

Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump often brags that he's done more in his first year in office than any other president. That's a spectacular …

Donald Trump

At Aurora VA hospital, adding insult to injury

When the new veterans hospital in Aurora finally opens sometime this summer — if that’s when it does in fact open — it should forever be remembered …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

VA holding health care town hall Wednesday in Vincennes

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southwestern Indiana this week to discuss the VA health care system.<p>The event …

Business

Scarred by real-life ‘Fauda’: Meet the champion for soldiers suffering with PTSD

Oren Or Bittoun gives speeches around the world urging veterans to talk about their experiences.<p>Oren Or Bittoun's story (YouTube/אורן אור ביטון Oren …

World News

6 Actions States, Federal Government Could Take on Obamacare, Health Care in 2018

Many states are eager to reverse the damage from Obamacare in 2018, but in some cases, they will need help from Congress, leading health care experts …

Health Care

Pennsylvania veterans deserve easier access to their prescriptions | Opinion

For most Americans, refilling a regular prescription is simple — picking up their medicine at their local pharmacy on the way home from work or while …

Health Care

VA establishes exam site for deported vets in Tijuana

WASHINGTON — For five years, deported Army veteran Hector Barajas-Varela has been fighting one of America’s largest bureaucracies. Now, he’s seeing …

Veterans

Just Approved: VA loan helps veteran consolidate debt

<b>Mortgage broker:</b> Dominique Stevens.<p><b>Property type:</b> Single-family home in Rohnert Park.<p><b>Loan type:</b> VA 30-year fixed-rate loan.<p><b>Loan amount:</b> $755,000<p><b>Rate:</b> 3.625 percent with no points.<p><b>Backstory:</b> The Department of Veterans Affairs provides unique home loan programs for our veterans. Not only are the …

Mortgages

VA to publicly post opioid prescription rates for all facilities

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin publicly posting data on how frequently its doctors prescribe opioids to help with …

David Shulkin

DoD takes steps to expand use of telehealth services

The Department of Defense is expanding its ability to deliver telehealth services to active duty military personnel, veteran and their families by …

ATO

Schwarzenegger backs candidate for Issa seat

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday threw his support behind Republican Rocky Chavez to replace outgoing Rep. Darrell …

Elections

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Help for vets: Trump deploys more firepower against suicides”

<b>Help for vets: Trump deploys more firepower against suicides</b><br>Editorial<br>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette<br>January 11, 2018<p>Members of the armed forces put their …

Donald Trump

The school-first solution

A top economist games out how to spend education money for health payoffs.<p>Americans spend $5,000 more per year on medical care than people in other rich countries, yet live shorter and less healthy lives. Most efforts devoted to addressing health involve the medical system: covering more people, …

Education

Trump faces criticism for not visiting troops in combat zones

In almost a year since President Trump took office, he's yet to visit troops stationed overseas in a combat zone.

Donald Trump

Bysiewicz Posts Major Fundraising Haul, Fueling Gubernatorial Speculation

Susan Bysiewicz, who last year said she planned to return to politics with a run for state Senate, has dramatically ramped up her fundraising …

Elections

For some receiving disability benefits, the desire to work will never cease

Published on January 10, 2018<p>Last year, The Washington Post explored how rural American communities have been reshaped by the significant growth in disability programs over the past two decades.<br>As the series of articles progressed, we heard from readers nationwide about their experiences with …

Social Security

Trump seeks to reduce suicide among recent veterans with new executive order

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at expanding mental-health care for transitioning veterans as they leave the military, in an effort to reduce suicides in a group that is considered particularly at risk.<p>The order will take effect March 9 and is expected to provide all new …

Sean Spicer

Trump signs order to improve mental health care for new vets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon paving the way for servicemembers to be enrolled automatically with …

Veterans

7 Burial Benefits Granted to Veterans

Funeral costs can amount to thousands of dollars, but veterans can take advantage of the benefits granted to them for burial to help reduce those …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

VA provides fewer unnecessary end-of-life interventions than Medicare, new study shows

At the end of life, less is usually more. Less pain, of course, but also fewer visits to the hospital and fewer treatments in the last few months of …

Health Care

Former acting chief of staff at Cincinnati VA convicted

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former acting chief of staff at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center has been convicted of a charge of distributing a controlled …

Crime

President Donald J. Trump Takes Care of Veterans from the Battlefront to the Home Front | The White House

<b>CARING FOR VETERANS IN TRANSITION: President Donald J. Trump has signed a new Executive Order to ensure veterans have the resources they need as they</b> …

Donald Trump

Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Legionnaires' Outbreak At Quincy Veterans Home

<b>CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO)</b> — The battle continues over the care of Illinois veterans.<p>Illinois lawmakers are seeking reassurance from the Rauner …

Bruce Rauner

ROSEN URGES SESSIONS TO REVERSE COURSE ON MISGUIDED DECISION REGARDING MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

<b>WASHINGTON, D.C.</b> --Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) sent a letter urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his decision ending an …

Cannabis

Former top Cincinnati VA hospital doc guilty of improperly writing prescription

Dr. Barbara Temeck was convicted Tuesday of improperly writing one drug prescription for a friend, the wife of the former VA regional boss.

Crime