Veterans

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls veterans' burn pit bill

Bipartisan legislation would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during deployments.

VA Is 'Closely Watching' the Fate of Abortion Access as It Weighs Offering the Service

The leader of the largest hospital network in the country says he has the authority to change the department's policy.

Disability compensation may improve veterans’ health

Eligibility for disability compensation is associated with substantial reductions in hospitalizations among Vietnam-era military veterans

VA disciplined 74 employees under COVID-19 vaccine mandate

One of the few agencies still enforcing the vaccine requirement has fired very few workers as a result.

Senators spike a plan to close VA facilities, displace workers

The bipartisan group won't allow votes on nominees to serve on a controversial commission.

Supreme Court: VA need not reconsider benefits decisions, even after misinterpreting law

Opponents call it "inexcusable" to deny a veteran a new hearing after VA admitted it made a mistake.

Congress nears $7B investment in VA workforce, new facilities

Pay raises, student loan repayment and new recruiting tools are part of the sweeping package as lawmakers prepare VA for a surge of new patients.

Most VA employees say they were not emotionally supported during pandemic

With turnover at the agency soaring, the front-line staff were largely unaware of VA's offerings to support employee well-being, new survey finds.

Agencies ease disability benefits rules for feds

The Biden administration is making it easier for some government employees and military vets to get disability benefits for certain chronic conditions, as reported in a weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.

"It's life shattering:" Employees and lawmakers denounce shuttering VA facilities

Management is telling employees not to panic, but that message is not getting through.

Another agency calls feds back to the office—but not full-time

The VA has announced its plans to begin, in the coming months, its implementation of a partial return to the office for employees.

VA to start voluntary collection of genetic material

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin collecting genetic material and health information from veterans as part of a voluntary program to build a research database.