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VA Pays $200 Million For 1,000 Wrongful Deaths

April 3, 2014 | 6:00 am

VA Pays $200 Million For 1,000 Wrongful Deaths

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In the decade after 9/11, the VA made wrongful death payments for nearly 1,000 U.S. vets, including 59 in California.

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VA Backs off Promise to Catch Up on Veterans’ Claims

May 22, 2013 | 2:20 pm

VA Backs off Promise to Catch Up on Veterans’ Claims

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by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting The Department of Veterans Affairs has systematically missed nearly all of its internal benchmarks for reducing a hulking backlog of benefits claims and has quietly backed away from repeated promises to give all veterans and family members speedier decisions by 2015. Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center […]

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VA Rewarded Top Officials with Bonuses, Despite Growing Claims Backlog

April 29, 2013 | 1:02 pm

VA Rewarded Top Officials with Bonuses, Despite Growing Claims Backlog

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by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to top officials over five years, even as the number of veterans facing long waits for disability benefits ballooned. Internal VA documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveal that as the backlog worsened, the […]

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Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait For Benefits

February 8, 2013 | 10:59 am

Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait For Benefits

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by Aaron Glantz, Shane Shifflett, Center For Investigative Reporting Under fire for its growing backlog of disability benefits claims, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last July set itself a goal: By year’s end, 40 percent of veterans would wait no more than four months for an answer on compensation claims for conditions as serious […]

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Number of Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets

December 20, 2012 | 12:49 pm

Number of Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets

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by Aaron Glantz, The Bay Citizen After seven months of delay, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally approved World War II veteran James Alderson’s pension benefits last week. But it was not a cause for celebration or relief for Alderson, whose life’s work was the farm supply store he founded near Chico after returning home […]

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November 9, 2012 | 8:58 am

Accuracy Isn’t Priority as VA Battles Disability Claims Backlog

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by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting U.S. Navy cook Hosea Roundtree watched the 1983 shelling of Beirut from the deck of a ship, feelings of helplessness washing over him as people perished onshore. That memory haunted him, resurrected in flashbacks eight years later after a tour in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. But […]

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Veterans Lament Slow Service at Oakland VA

August 3, 2012 | 4:33 pm

Veterans Lament Slow Service at Oakland VA

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Randy’s mother died while waiting for benefits. Adam asked in vain two years ago for help with his brain injury. Bringing up the question of claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Oakland office, and you invite a seemingly endless series of such heartbreaking stories. Scott Shafer got that response on July 31 when […]

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May 13, 2011 | 11:46 am

Three Palo Alto VA Employees Indicted for Bribery

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Three employees at the Palo Alto VA have been charged with taking $80-thousand dollars in bribes in exchange for steering work to local contractors. Palo Alto Online reports that three VA employees allegedly accepted cash, plane tickets and other gifts from Jack Stringer, the owner of Aero Drywall Construction. In exchange, the VA workers reportedly […]

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