VA conceals shoddy care and health workers’ mistakes

A months-long USA TODAY investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has for years concealed medical mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with the care of veterans.  Reporters obtained rare copies of signed secret settlement deals with doctors, nurses and others that included promises to hide serious mistakes — from breakdowns in supervision to…

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Fight for your country, lose the bidding war for a house

The ultra-competitive housing market in Washington’s Puget Sound area means some buyers are left in the lurch. The News Tribune found that real estate agents are advising their sellers to avoid VA home loans because of real and perceived problems with that type of financing. Some lenders, buyers, and real estate agents say the practice…

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Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Government data obtained by the Associated Press shows a sharp increase since 2009 in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by employees of medical centers run by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  Many VA hospitals have also failed to fully track their drug supplies.  It is not clear if the problem is worse at…

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VA medical center employees kept jobs despite abuse, neglect of patients

Federal disciplinary files show that some Mountain Home VA Medical Center employees who abused, disrespected and in some cases even refused to help patients were able to keep their jobs. An 11-month WJHL-TV investigation found that patients at the Tennessee facility were roughly handled, mocked and refused water. Records also show an operator in the business office didn’t…

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The death of baby Ada Mae and the tragic effects of veteran addiction

A Veterans Affairs office’s penchant for over-prescribing painkillers did more than spread addiction. It was the root of dozens of tragedies that scarred the region around Tomah, Wisconsin. Reveal dug into the death of six-week-old Ada Mae. The horse and buggy she was cradled in with her family was struck in 2009 by a Dodge…

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Wounded soldiers allege mistreatment in the Army’s Warrior Transition Units

Hundreds of current and former soldiers based in Texas have filed complaints over the last five years about the Army’s Warrior Transition Units, which were set up to serve soldiers with physical and psychological wounds. The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV used the records, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, to describe and examine…

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Extra Extra Monday: Death by deadline, online diplomas, vaccine court

Death by Deadline | The Marshall Project An investigation by The Marshall Project shows that since President Bill Clinton signed the one-year statute of limitations into law – enacting a tough-on-crime provision that emerged in the Republicans’ Contract with America – the deadline has been missed at least 80 times in capital cases. Sixteen of…

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VA records show veteran rescheduled appointment after death

A delay in care at the Minneapolis VA led to the death of a young Marine, according to a report by KARE-Minneapolis. The veteran’s medical records also appear to have been falsified after his death. An FBI investigation was launched this week in repose to the station’s most recent report and previous reports in which…

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Extra Extra Monday: Florida law allows troubled charter operators to keep running schools

Shuttered: Florida’s Failed Charter Schools | Naples Daily News As charter schools have boomed in Florida — 622 operated in 2013-14, up from 257 in 2003-04 — many have also busted. Since charter schools were first permitted in 1996, 269 out of nearly 900 opened charter schools have closed, a failure rate of about 30…

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