VA Nurse Still On Payroll Despite Charge He Beat 70-Year-Old Vet To Death

A 70-year old U.S. military veteran, Charles Lee Johnson, died of an apparent beating by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who continues to work in the hospital more than two years later as he awaits trial on manslaughter charges. Fredrick Kevin Harris, a nurse’s aide at VA’s Alexandria, Louisiana, hospital, is out of jail on bail and remains on the government payroll, reporting to work each day. His duties have–for at least significant periods after the death–included continuing Read more […]

Pentagon Approves 20 Percent Cut To Veteran Pensions, And Vets Speak Out

The Pentagon just approved a major plan to reform the military retirement system by reducing current pension size by 20 percent. That plan is now in the hands of Congress. Defense officials sent along a six-page whitepaper with the bill in an effort to help explain the policies, Military Times reports. A blended system maintains the current, though downsized pension system, and adds individual retirement accounts for personnel, called Thrift Savings Plans (TSP). Government contributions equivalent Read more […]

Phoenix VA Whistleblower Calls for Resignation of Officials Amids ER Staffing Crisis

Jared Kinnaman, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and whistleblower at the Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, is calling for the resignation of Phoenix interim director Glen Grippen, who replaced Sharon Helman, and Secretary Robert McDonald. In two letters sent out Friday, Kinnaman recounted his struggle and efforts to promote accountability at the Phoenix VA, which so far have amounted to very little, despite promises of reform from the leadership. Still, the long Read more […]

SC High School Folds On Flag Ban When Student Shows Up With Squad Of Veterans

Protesters lined the street in front of a South Carolina school Thursday morning after administrators had forced a student at the school to remove an American flag from his truck the previous day. Wednesday morning administrators from the York Comprehensive High School pulled a student out of class and made him walk to the parking lot where they had already removed an American flag and a POW/MIA flag from the back of his truck, The Herald reported. 18-year-old Peyton Robinson had been showing Read more […]

Hawaii VA Supervisor Resigns After Evidence Of Benefits Manipulation Surfaces

A new report from the VA’s top watchdog reveals that a supervisor at the VA Honolulu administration office regularly manipulated records to make it appear as though benefits applications were being processed faster than they actually were. As a slight difference from most of the scandals which were brought to public attention last year, this example concerns manipulated benefits claims, rather than manipulated wait lists for medical appointments. Additionally, the manager has since resigned, which Read more […]

Sarah Palin Apologizes For 2008 Loss

Sarah Palin apologized to conservatives Thursday for her loss alongside John McCain to President Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Following her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, she was asked to give a one-word answer to the words “Barack Obama.” “Sorry,” she said with a shrug, and then added apologetically: “We came in second out of two!” She repeated her apology when asked to respond to the words “Hillary Clinton.” She was thrown a bone with the final question — Read more […]