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Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.   Helman was fired Monday.   (AP Photo/Veterans Affairs Department)
Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Helman was fired Monday. (AP Photo/Veterans Affairs Department)
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APNewsBreak: VA fires Phoenix hospital director

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services  veterans, Friday.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services veterans, Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs Department is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees as it struggles to correct systemic problems that led to long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsification of records to cover up delays, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said.

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, speaks at the DAV 2014 National Convention on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. \ (AP Photo/David Becker)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, speaks at the DAV 2014 National Convention on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. \ (AP Photo/David Becker)
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New VA secretary touts fixes to veterans group

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald addressed a veterans group for the first time since taking over the troubled agency last month, calling his plans to fix it "an opportunity we can't miss nor underestimate."

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Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald, testifying here on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday, July 29. (AP Photo)
Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald, testifying here on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday, July 29. (AP Photo)
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Senate confirms P&G’s McDonald as VA secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

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Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., outline their compromise plan to fix  the veterans' health care system. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., outline their compromise plan to fix the veterans' health care system. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, right, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings.  (AP Photo)
Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, right, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings. (AP Photo)
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Senate panel backs McDonald to head Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson during a press conference at the local VA facility in El Paso, Texas, Friday, July 18,  2014.  (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson during a press conference at the local VA facility in El Paso, Texas, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
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VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs is vowing to crack down on whistleblower retaliation after a private government watchdog released a critical report on the agency's treatment of employees who brought internal problems to light.

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Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio, center, during a Senate hearing to examine his nomination, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  (AP Photo)
Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio, center, during a Senate hearing to examine his nomination, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)
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Obama nominee McDonald pledges to ‘transform’ VA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed.

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President Barack Obama shaking hands June 10 with former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama shaking hands June 10 with former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Report: Retaliation by VA supervisors common

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, May 21, about veterans health care.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, May 21, about veterans health care. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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VA review finds ‘significant and chronic’ failures

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

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