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IRE Radio Podcast | Scandals at the VA

Welcome to another episode of the IRE Radio Podcast. We’re excited to announce that this podcast is now available on iTunes. Subscribe to have the latest episode automatically download to your phone, computer or tablet.

This week we’re talking about investigating veterans issues, past and present. Here’s the lineup:

  • Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic discusses how he helped break open the most recent scandal involving falsified wait-time data at the Phoenix VA hospital.
  • Aaron Glantz of The Center for Investigative Reporting talks about benefit backlogs at the Veterans Benefits Administration.
  • Michael Phillips of the Wall Street ...
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Behind the Story: America's Woman Warriors

Staff Sgt. Jessica Keown, with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas, served with a female engagement team, or FET, in Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR

From the time NPR corresondent Quil Lawrence spent in Iraq before covering veterans issues, he could tell women in the military were doing more than ...

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Veterans affairs data shows how returned Iraq, Afghanistan veterans died at home

Military affairs reporter Jeremy Schwartz had come across an interesting article in the Bay Citizen where they found the rate of death of veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was outstripping the number of deaths on the battlefield. While not a surprising fact, given the growth of veterans returning home and the waning of the conflicts abroad, it was interesting. Half of those who had died had done so within two years of the end of their service.

But for Schwartz it begged a more questions: How did these veterans die? We knew that suicide rates for soldiers ...

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Behind the Story: A source comes forward in the backlog of veterans' disability

In April,  Jamie Fox contacted reporter Aaron Glantz after losing her job at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Oakland office in 2008. Credit: Michael Short/Center for Investigative Reporting.

Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting was reporting on delays in veterans’ disability claims in Oakland, Calif. when a reader reached out to him.  Jamie Fox, a former Department of Veterans’ Affairs employee, had been fired in 2008 for “failure to follow instructions” and “misuse of time” after advocating for a veteran she believed had been unfairly denied disability benefits.  Fox’s case revealed that the Department of Veterans ...

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