| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:42 AM
The U.S. has seen a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans since 2010, according to new national report cited by the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
That included an 8 percent drop between January 2012 and January...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 10:03 AM
The nation’s first four-star female general led New Yorkers in commemorating Veterans Day, part of the annual display of thanks to those who have served their country and an indication of the changing face of the military.
Led by President Obama,...
| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Oct 29, 2013
| 3:47 PM
In about two weeks, America will pause to honor our veterans.
And then the moment will pass.
After a spurt of parades, political platitudes and paid days off, most people will go back to their daily grind.
Unfortunately, for many of the men and...
| Oct 16, 2013
Organizers of the Million Vet March on Washington insist they had nothing to do with interlopers who tried to score political points off their event. But sorry, guys. We are judged by the company we keep.
March organizers are trying to distance...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:59 PM
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation.
With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:17 PM
The government shutdown is a bridge way too far, but I hate to admit that the right-wing Republican caucus sometimes has a point. Just take a look at what bureaucrats get up to on their equivalent of New Year's Eve. It's as wild and crazy a moment for...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 3:52 PM
Rep. Henry A. Waxman is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to settle a lawsuit over leasing out the agency's sprawling West Los Angeles campus.
In a letter to veterans affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, the Beverly Hills Democrat called a recent...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:03 PM
Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, has endorsed the new agreement between the Collage of William and Mary and the Department of Veterans Affairs that seeks to speed up disability claims.
On Thursday, the W&M law school agreed to join a VA effort that...
| May 20, 2013
| 4:28 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs has come up with several ideas to eliminate the backlog of veterans claims for benefits. It previously has announced a move to electronic claims processing and said it would expedite claims that have been pending......
| Jun 21, 2013
| 4:29 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken a lot of heat for how long it takes to process benefits claims from veterans. The agency released data Thursday showing it can pick up the pace when its feet are held to......
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Taking a cue from the Bible, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided the last shall be first.
The agency announced last week it will expedite claims for disability benefits that have been pending for a year or longer. Those veterans will receive...