McCain lambastes VA for delays, Michaud requests review of VA mental health program, VA secretary argues against privatization, non-profit pays off vets’ student-loan debt, MTV showing documentary about vets, veterans sue for 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut
not be moved to the private sector. He praised innovations that appeared first at VA facilities, such as modern electronic health records, an implantable cardiac pacemaker and nicotine patches. VA hospitals train more doctors and nurses than any other institution, with 70 percent of U.S. doctors having received training at VA. And he also said VA is the best place to study and treat conditions associated with veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and amputated limbs.
His column comes as some lawmakers have argued VA should be privatized. His column included his email address: Bob.McDonald@va.gov.
In the meantime, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., complained Thursday that McDonald is not doing enough to get rid of officials responsible for the delays in veterans’ care and benefits, reports Stars & Stripes’ Travis Tritten. Because of a law signed in August, VA has new authority to fire executives. McCain said the new rule is “being ignored.”
In Maine, Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, requested an Office of the Inspector General review of a VA facility’s mental health program, reports the Kennebuc Journal’s Michael Shepherd. The program is located at the oldest VA hospital in the United States, and has been plagued by staffing shortages.
A non-profit is working to pay off veterans’ student loans, saying their student-loan debt tends to be at least two times higher than other college graduates, reports Hayley Fox at The Christian Science Monitor.
Leave No Veteran Behind was created by two veterans who say they also dealt with debt after getting out of the military. But rather than simply giving money away, founder Eli Williamson said they require people to donate 100 hours of community service. So far, they’ve paid off $150,000 worth of veterans’ debt.
On Veterans Day, MTV will air a documentary in conjunction with Got Your 6 that tells the stories of Marines and soldiers returning home from Afghanistan, reports Philiana Ng. The documentary features the obstacles the service members face, as well as how they work to overcome them.
Military families and veterans associated with the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut have filed a federal lawsuit against the government of Iran, reports the Daily Business Review’s Adolfo Pesquera. In a 2001 case, a judge granted veterans $2.65 billion. The new case involves a dozen more veterans and their family members.
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