An extension and then redesign of the Veterans Choice Program, along with new employee accountability legislation, are top priorities for new Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. He said he’s working with Congress on new legislation to support those initiatives.
This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he’s holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there’s still so much more to improve.
President Obama has signed a big Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law. No group will be watching what happens next more than the nation’s military veterans. Dan Dellinger is national commander of the American Legion. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what they’re looking for when it comes to the new law.
Tha nation’s largest veterans’ service organization created a stir yesterday when it called for the resignations of the VA’s top three officials: Secretary Eric Shinseki, Undersecretary for Benefits Alison Hickey and Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel. Daniel Dellinger, the national commander of the American Legion, told In Depth with Francis Rose he and most other veterans groups have long supported the current leadership team. But recent media reports about preventable deaths in the VA health care system were too much to take.
The organization says a series of whistleblowers and investigative reports show a “pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership” among VA senior leaders. This is the first time in more than 30 years the American Legion has called for the removal of a public official.
On this week’s On DoD, Jared Serbu talks to Eric Jeffries, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Exelis; Zachary Hearn, the deputy director for benefits at the American Legion; and Alan Chvotkin, vice president at the Professional Services Council.
The Department of Veterans Affairs believes it is on track to end its disability claims backlog by 2015. It’s an uphill fight, considering that more than half of its claims have been waiting for at least four months, and appeals take an average of more than two years.
The American Legion’s Mark Walker and Phillip Selleh from the VA Business Accelerator will discuss programs and initiatives to help veterans find jobs. October 4, 2013
The American Legion’s Mark Walker and Phillip Selleh from the VA Business Accelerator will discuss programs and initiatives to help veterans find jobs. September 13, 2013
The Veterans Affairs Department made it a top priority earlier this year to handle all disability claims from veterans who’ve been waiting two years or longer. The department mostly succeeded in its two-month surge operation, but serious questions linger about the sustainability of the backlog elimination effort.