Map shows state breakdown of vet population; experts say new study shows strong link between GWI, toxic exposure; Commission for the Blind sues VA; VA cybersecurity checks out; VA project management lacking; Fort Hood killer would not have been flagged; contractors must track hired vets; Military Times says VA must lose ‘deny ’til they die’ culture; vet remembers asking Dear Abby for letters; Paralyzed Vets announces research grants; Oklahoma woman arrested for fraud against vets; Georgia postal worker admits stealing vets’ pain killers
Veterans Affairs posted a map that shows the total veteran population decreased 17 percent from 2000 to 2014. It gives a state-by-state breakdown. It looks like Virginia increased the most, while the Northeast and California saw big decreases.
Oregon’s Commission for the Blind is suing VA for not giving blind people preference to run vending machines on government property, as required by law, reports the Mail Tribune. VA claims it is exempt from the law.
However, they may not be doing so well with project management accountability, according to VA’s OIG, reports Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu. It lacks reliable cost information, management oversight because key positions remain unfilled and project planning reviews. VA was supposed to conduct 16 planning reviews last year; it conducted three.
After Veterans Affairs’ latest debacle, where service members exposed after the Vietnam war to Agent Orange in planes that had been used to spray the defoliant were denied benefits, Military Times says it’s time to end a policy of “delay, deny, wait ‘til they die.” The paper says VA Sec. Bob McDonald must address toxic exposures.
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