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Prosthetist Edward Sliwinski constructs a custom leg socket for a U.S. military veteran. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Prosthetist Edward Sliwinski constructs a custom leg socket for a U.S. military veteran. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Report: VA health care still has ‘profound deficiencies’

Two years after a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs still has "profound deficiencies" in delivering health care to millions of veterans, a congressional commission says in a new report.

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In this undated photo, Donald Burke, of Pollock, La., holds an old photograph of his brother-in-law, Charles Lee Johnson, who died in May 2013 following an altercation with a nursing assistant at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in nearby Pineville. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)
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Accident or crime? VA worker faces trial in patient’s death

Hospital officials called it an accident when a 70-year-old psychiatric patient was fatally injured in an altercation with a nursing assistant at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in central Louisiana three years ago.

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VA problems mount as missteps continue

The Department of Veterans Affairs faces a serious numbers problem -- multiple in fact.

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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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