JIM STRICKLAND’S MAIL BAG: VOLUME #4 FOR 2009 — Veterans’ Advocate Jim Strickland answers questions from VA Watchdog dot Org readers.
EDITORIAL: PUT FOCUS ON VETERANS, NOT POLITICS — El Paso Times: “When the VA figures out its primary duty is taking care of people, not paperwork, that will be a good first step.”
GOOD ADVICE: VIETNAM VETERANS URGED TO GET
AGENT ORANGE EXAM, NOW (01-27-09)
“They start getting things like colon cancer
and other maladies in their system.
Then, they start dying on us.”
VA RESEARCH: HOW TO HELP WHEN SMOKING
AND ALCOHOL COMPLICATE PTSD (01-27-09)
Too few clinics treat both PTSD plus nicotine and /
or alcohol addictions at the same time,
despite evidence they should.
GAO REPORT: VA’S VOC REHAB PROGRAM
IN DISARRAY (01-27-09)
Officials are not addressing staff and skill
shortages, and VA does not adequately
report program outcomes.
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Anthony Principi, like many others, left the halls of
power for the halls of money to lobby his
former agency and rake in millions.
DISABLED VETS WOULD GET $300 BONUS UNDER
SENATE ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN (01-24-09)
Bonus would also apply to seniors and poor
people receiving Supplemental Security
Income payments to the disabled.
UPDATE: GAO RELEASES REPORT ON VA’S BUDGET
LOWBALLING PRACTICES (01-24-09)
VA’s use of cost assumptions and a workload projection
that appear to be unrealistic raises questions about
the reliability of VA’s spending estimates.
VA CONTINUES TO COOK THE BOOKS, ASKS
FOR LESS THAN IT NEEDS (01-23-09)
VA is still lowballing budget estimates to Congress.
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