veterans health

  • Veterans program builds world’s largest genetic database

    The Million Veteran Program has collected blood samples for genetic analysis from more than 500,000 veterans so far, making it the biggest database of genetic material in the world.

  • VA to vets: Tell us what works for you

    A new VA center seeks emerging therapies to enhance veterans’ physical and mental well-being.

  • VHA ’emoji’: Poop or ice cream?

    The Veterans Health Administration recommendations include items AFGE, the Commissioners and most everyone else for whom VA issues matter, can agree on.

  • VA pilots health care apps as new push for major reorg emerges

    Roughly half of a congressionally appointed commission to reform the Veterans Affairs Department suggested an expansion of community care for veterans and a systematic closure of some VA medical facilities. The “strawman document” emerged as the VA pilots a few new programs to help veterans gain more control over their health care.

  • Congress, VA debate: Who should schedule veterans’ appointments?

    Congress is beginning to get a clearer picture of the Veterans Affairs Department’s new Choice Program, which lets veterans access private sector community care providers if they choose. But members on the House VA Committee question the department’s continued involvement in scheduling appointments for veterans.

  • VA reforms &

    Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated, will discuss proposals to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, and how her website — — is helping veterans get the benefits they need. August 1, 2014

  • Randy Williamson, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

    In emergencies, you rush to the closest hospital to get medical care. Veterans are the same way. And when they go outside the VA system for emergency care, the department is supposed to pay for it even if they don’t have other insurance. But, that’s not always what happens, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Randy Williamson, director of Healthcare Issues at GAO, spoke to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about what GAO found.

  • Military retirees react to TRICARE fee proposal

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to impose what he says are ”modest” fee increases on some TRICARE beneficiaries. We’ll have reaction from the groups who’ll be impacted.

  • D.C. VA Medical Center hosts ‘Ladies’ Night’

    The Washington D.C. VA Medical Center is hosting an evening of music, pampering and health information just for female veterans. We get details from the VA’s Diane Phillips

  • Video Games and Injured Vets

    Can video games help wounded veterans heal from traumatic brain injuries? The Department of Defense is funding a project to find out. Studies have shown that video game-based therapies can help people improve manual dexterity,…