Veterans Affairs

FILE - This May 2018 file photo shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass., where dozens of residents died from the coronavirus during the 2020 pandemic. An independent investigation released Wednesday, June 24, 2020, said the home's leadership made "substantial errors and failures" as the disease began to spread. Massachusetts' Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena told reporters he was asked to resign ahead of the release of the report. (Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP, File)
July 29, 2020 - 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big gaps in federal oversight of long-term care facilities for aging veterans may have contributed to rampant coronavirus infections and more than 200 deaths at state-run homes, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office found the U.S...
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Abbie Bennett
July 28, 2020 - 8:29 am
The number of patients dying because of complications of the coronavirus at the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to grow. More than 2,000 people have died since March.
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FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo a National Park Service worker picks up trash along the drained Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool as the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are seen in the distance in Washington, at sunrise. Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 27, 2020 - 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review. Through mid-June, families of 48 federal workers had filed death claims with...
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Abbie Bennett
July 24, 2020 - 1:50 pm
House lawmakers passed a $250.9 billion 2021 budget plan for the Department of Veterans Affairs, making VA the second-largest federal agency by budget, second only to the Pentagon. Read more now.
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FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, a medical worker wearing personal protective equipment cleans gurneys in the emergency department intake area in New York. Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a move the Trump administration says will speed up reporting but one that concerns some public health leaders. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
July 15, 2020 - 5:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a move the Trump administration says will speed up reporting but one that concerns some public health...
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U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, center, announces at a news conference Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Clarksburg, W.Va., that Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, W.Va., a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., pled guilty to murder and assault in the deaths of eighth veterans under her care in federal court in Clarksburg, W.Va., Tuesday, July 14, 2020.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
July 14, 2020 - 5:17 pm
A former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin, capping a sweeping federal investigation into a series of mysterious deaths at the medical center. Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis...
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Abbie Bennett
July 14, 2020 - 11:56 am
Former Veterans Affairs staffer Reta Mays was charged with seven counts of second-degree murder for injecting veteran patients with lethal doses of insulin at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
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Abbie Bennett
July 14, 2020 - 9:38 am
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending its pause on some debt collection from veterans through the end of this year.
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Photo credit Department of Veterans Affairs.
Abbie Bennett
July 10, 2020 - 1:07 pm
A top Department of Veterans Affairs executive improperly steered a $5 million contract to his personal friends, a federal watchdog said in a report released this week.
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Photo credit Photo by 1st Sgt. Rodolfo Armando Barrios Quinones/VA Caribbean Healthcare System
Abbie Bennett
July 02, 2020 - 7:06 am
Active COVID-19 cases among Department of Veterans Affairs patients more than tripled in June across 138 hospital nationwide. The COVID-19 death rate for veterans is about 8 percent, while the coronavirus death rate among all Americans is 5 percent.
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