New Findings Substantiate Whistleblowers’ Claims

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes

A letter from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Sept. 17 states that the Department of Veterans Affairs has neither listened to, nor protected, whistleblowers and has not punished employees who tried to interfere with whistleblowers.

One of the cases examined in the letter involved Dr. Katherine Mitchell, a VA doctor who raised alarms about the lack of trained triage nurses at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. However, the Office of Special Counsel found that VA officials failed to act on Mitchell’s information for five years and took no action against those responsible in Phoenix.

The letter also found similarly dangerous situations in other VA hospitals, where “the lack of accountability in these cases stands in stark contrast to disciplinary actions taken against VA whistleblowers,” wrote Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner in the letter.

Veterans are pushing back against a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which a woman with no military experience argued that women do not belong in combat units.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.

Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

The Coast Guard's top officer is telling his subordinates to "stay the course" after they missed their regularly scheduled paycheck amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.

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After years of frequent mechanical failures ad embarrassing cost overruns, the Navy finally plans on deploying three hulls from its much-derided Littoral Combat Ship fleet by this fall after a protracted absence from the high seas, the U.S. Naval Institute reports.

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