On Thursday, in a short ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, before a crowd of soldiers and surrounded by key members of Congress, President Barack Obama signed the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. This follows months of wrangling in Congress over desperately needed reforms in the face of the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.
After weeks of bickering over competing versions of a bill to reform the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, a compromise has been reached between the House and Senate veterans affairs committees --- just days before the August recess.
Dr. Katherine Mitchell has worked at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital for 16 years and there’s one memory that still torments her: A nursing shortage that left many patients with huge bed sores, but plenty of overtime for data collection.
Veterans Affairs is embroiled in an existential crisis, and Congress is faced with the aftermath of a scandal that grows worse by the day. Task & Purpose’s Stephen Carlson sat down with the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller, to discuss deception, bureaucratic incompetence and where the VA needs to go from here.
Hours before handing his resignation to President Barack Obama, former Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki tried to explain the reasons behind his failures in a speech for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.