Three senators say the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill needs tougher oversight after new figures show a quarter of the program’s funds went to just eight companies that run for-profit colleges.
Host Derrick Dortch hosts a roundtable discussion of veteran’s issues, with representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. January 11, 2013(Encore presentation January 25, 2013)
The American Legion says reports of veteran deaths resulting from VA hospital treatment delays mean it’s time for Secretary Eric Shinkseki to step aside. But at the moment, they’re the only major veterans’ group to go that far. Most of the other large service organizations are waiting for the full results of an inspector general review of the alleged “secret waiting list” at the Phoenix VA hospital. Bob Wallace, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, told In Depth with Francis Rose it’s premature to call for leadership changes.
More veterans trust the department now than they did two years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a new report detailing its progress on Secretary Bob McDonald’s myVA Transformation.
The House will vote this week on a bill that would replenish the Veterans Choice Fund with an additional $2 billion. But to offset the costs, VA would continue to collect housing loan fees and would trim pensions for some veterans living in nursing facilities that are covered under Medicaid.
Details on funding for the new program are still largely unclear. VA, however, believes administrative changes to the current Veterans Choice Program will save billions of dollars over 10 years.
The Defense Health Agency is rolling back some primary care copayments for military families and retirees.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is forming a Cyber-Digital Task Force to make recommendations on policy and process changes across the Justice Department.