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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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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says May 16 he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, shown here testifying on Capitol Hill the day before. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says May 16 he has accepted the resignation of Robert Petzel, shown here testifying on Capitol Hill the day before. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Obama and Congress Move to Address VA Firestorm

The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans hospitals nationwide.

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Veteran's Day 2012
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Veterans Feeling Effects of Gov’t Shutdown [POLL/AUDIO]

They fought for our country, and many of them risked their lives on the front lines, but America's veterans aren't getting much of a break with the current government shutdown.

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NJ Contractor Pleads Guilty to Veterans Affairs Bribe

A New Jersey contractor has pleaded guilty to paying a bribe to a Department of Veterans Affairs official in hopes of helping two companies get on a list of eligible VA contractors.

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Hands Off Veterans Preferences in NJ
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Veterans Affairs Center Accidentally Deletes Data Files

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says human error is to blame for the accidental deletion of 464,000 electronic data files related to home loans.

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