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VA cut benefits to over 4,000 "dead" vets who were actually alive

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cancelled the benefits of more than 4,200 veterans after it had mistakenly declared them dead, when, in fact, they were very much alive.

VA reviewing more than 24,000 denied brain injury disability claims

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that more the 24,000 veterans will be given another chance to receive disability compensation for their traumatic brain injuries (TBI), despite the fact that their claims were initially denied.

Should the Department of Veterans Affairs be privatized? Obama says no.

Given the many issues plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - including unreasonably long wait times for health care and various problems with the disability application process - it is no wonder why many people are calling for the privatization of the VA.

Resignations at the Department of Veterans Affairs

veterans affairs seal.jpgProblems at the Department of Veterans Affairs have resulted in numerous resignations, beginning with that of Secretary Eric Shinseki in spring 2014. The latest casualty was Alison Hickey, who was in charge of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the department that administers VA disability benefits.

Military Testing and Veterans' Benefits, Part 3: Atomic Tests

A previous blog described the tests conducted on soldiers at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland during the Cold War era. This post discusses the tests conducted on members of the military during the same period to determine the consequences of exposure to radiation and other atomic substances.

VA Spends $1.3 Billion For Only Partial Improvement

RFV soldier in uniform.jpgThe Department of Veterans Affairs received and spent $1.3 billion to replace its paper-based disability and pension benefits application system. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that the VA still cannot fully support claims processing and appeals through its benefits management system.

Military Testing and Veterans Benefits, Part 1: Mustard Gas Tests

It sounds like something out of a horror or sci-fi movie. Tens of thousands of military personnel were exposed to chemical warfare and other agents, usually without their informed consent or knowledge - all in the name of science. In some instances, soldiers were tricked into participating in the experiments. Many received incentives such as light duty and extra leave. Most were told to never talk about their experiences as guinea pigs.

Continued Backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has touted the significant reductions made in the backlog of VA disability benefit claims, it still faces problems. At least 900,000 veterans have health care applications pending with the VA, according to a report published Sept. 2 by the inspector general's office.