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Morning Muster: 1/30/2015 VA apologizes, veterans homelessness series launched, veterans’ retirement benefits breakdown offered

A recovering service member participates in backstroke swimming exercises during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports and Reconditioning Camp Jan. 21 at the Judson Aquatic Center, Universal City, Texas. More than 80 Air Force recovering service members from around the nation participated in the week-long adaptive sports camp here. For many of the competitors, this is the first training event prior to participation in the 2015 Air Force Trials, followed by the Warrior Games in mid-2015. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss)

A recovering service member participates in backstroke swimming exercises during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports and Reconditioning Camp Jan. 21 at the Judson Aquatic Center, Universal City, Texas. More than 80 Air Force recovering service members from around the nation participated in the week-long adaptive sports camp here. For many of the competitors, this is the first training event prior to participation in the 2015 Air Force Trials, followed by the Warrior Games in mid-2015. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss)

Phoenix VA apologizes for delays; more details emerge about military retirement; reporter offers breakdown of panel members; Stripes launches year-long homelessness series; Denver whistle blower claims 500 on wait list; foundation seeks Desert Storm memorial site; Oklahoma ousts top VA official; Union says Cincinnati VA hospital ‘grossly’ understaffed

Veterans Affairs has apologized for delays at the Phoenix VA, saying the urology department is “hundreds of records behind” in processing tests, reports USA TODAY’s Gregg Zoroya.

Stars and StripesTravis Tritten offers more details about the proposed changes to the military retirement system. A Congressional panel recommended a move to a 401k plan over pensions, as well as a move from Tricare to private providers.

Military TimesPatricia Kime reports who’s making these decisions.

Stars and StripesMartin Kuz offers a state-by-state breakdown of progress on veterans’ homelessness. It’s the first of a year-long series.

A whistle blower has accused Denver’s VA of having a manual waitlist of more than 500 people for its sleep clinic, reports KUSA’s Melissa Blasius. VA denies the charge.

Now that President Obama has signed legislation authorizing a national Desert Storm war memorial, the foundation is working with the park service to find a site, reports Disabled American Veterans’ Charity Edgars. (Watch Downton Abbey for tips?)

The governor of Oklahoma has removed the state’s top VA executive because the office does not meet the needs of the state’s veterans, reports The Oklahoman’s Randy Ellis.

Two Cincinnati union officials say the VA hospital there is “grossly understaffed,” putting veterans at risk, reports the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Barrett Brunsman.

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