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Bay Area Veterans Wait a Month or More for Initial VA Doctor’s Visits

June 11, 2014 | 11:54 am

Bay Area Veterans Wait a Month or More for Initial VA Doctor’s Visits

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Internal Veterans Affairs audit shows that new-patient wait times nationwide range from 12 to 145 days.

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Memorial Day: A Veteran Stops to Meet a Stranger

May 26, 2014 | 6:44 pm

Memorial Day: A Veteran Stops to Meet a Stranger

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A chance encounter prompts a vet to reach out to one who’s struggling with post-service life.

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At 100, a Veteran of Pearl Harbor Looks Back

November 11, 2013 | 4:35 pm

At 100, a Veteran of Pearl Harbor Looks Back

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Frank Hanley enlisted with hopes of becoming an electrician. The Navy, and history, had other plans.

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By the Numbers: Facts About Bay Area Veterans

November 11, 2013 | 1:07 pm

By the Numbers: Facts About Bay Area Veterans

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What do we know about where Bay Area veterans live? And when did they serve?

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Overtime, New Computer System Put Sizable Dent in VA Benefits Backlog

November 11, 2013 | 5:30 am

Overtime, New Computer System Put Sizable Dent in VA Benefits Backlog

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The Department of Veterans Affairs spent the past six months focusing on the benefits backlog, and it’s paying off.

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Her War: The Aftermath of Military Sexual Assault

July 25, 2013 | 8:00 am

Her War: The Aftermath of Military Sexual Assault

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By Mimi Chakarova, Center for Investigative Reporting Since 1990, the number of women veterans in the United States has doubled to 1.8 million. But a lot of female veterans, especially those who are younger, don’t consider themselves veterans at all — they incorrectly assume that a “vet” must have served in combat. Thus, many of […]

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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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California Homebuying Program for Veterans Hands Out Few Loans

May 17, 2013 | 9:00 am

California Homebuying Program for Veterans Hands Out Few Loans

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by Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting A state program designed to help California veterans buy homes granted just 83 loans last year, despite more than $1.1 billion in available funding. The California Department of Veterans Affairs employed 87 staff members to run the loan program, spending $10.6 million on overhead to originate $10.5 million […]

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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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Oakland VA Office Makes Veterans Wait 618 Days for Disability Pay

March 13, 2013 | 9:19 am

Oakland VA Office Makes Veterans Wait 618 Days for Disability Pay

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by Aaron Glantz, The Bay Citizen The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide key information to Congress and the public that shows the agency’s ability to quickly provide service-related benefits has virtually collapsed under President Barack Obama. Infographic: Veterans waiting longer Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated […]

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