More Money, More Problems: The veterans’ charity Wounded Warrior Project has once again come under fire over its lavish spending habits, allegedly spending money on expensive hotels, plane tickets, and executive salaries rather than using the funds to help veterans.
Overhaul Appeals: VA Secretary Bob McDonald appeared before Congress yesterday to plead with the elected representatives to pass legislation that would overhaul the process for appealing VA decisions.
Appealing Punishment: Yesterday in Philadelphia, an administrative hearing was held to examine claims by Diana Rubens–one of the VA executives implicated in the relocation scandal–that her demotion and pay-cut were improper.
Deadly Delay: Barry Coates, a veteran who encountered long delays in receiving simple medical treatments at VA facilities, has died of Colon Cancer. He used the last years of his life to advocate for change within the VA so that other veterans could avoid similar fates.
Drug Cost Controversy: Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, is lashing out at a drug company that manufactures a cure for hepatitis C, saying that it is unconscionable that the company sells the pills for $900 in Egypt but charges $40,000 to American veterans.
Jailhouse VSO: Although incarcerated veterans cannot receive very many VA benefits, some imprisoned veterans in California have become Jailhouse Veterans Service Officers to help veterans get their disability benefits.
Lawmakers for Marijuana: A team of Senators and members of Congress have written to VA Secretary Robert McDonald urging him to lift restrictions which prevent VA physicians from discussing medical marijuana with patients.
People not Politics: After presidential candidate Donald Trump announced a fundraiser for veterans, one veterans organization says that it does not want the money, asserting that Trump is using veterans for “political stunts.”
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