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2013-09-17 16:20:11

HONOLULU, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The secretary of veterans affairs and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee top the list of guest speakers when National Guard officers from across the country gather at the Hawaii Convention Center here this weekend for the 135th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition. VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki is set to speak at 3:35 p.m. Saturday and Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., the HASC chairman, is...

2013-08-19 08:20:18

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 15, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) launched a White House petition calling on the President to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims backlog, relieve VA Secretary Shinseki, and reform the way VA does business. On August 20(th)--125 days after the launch and with more than 26,000 signatures--CVA will hand deliver this petition directly to the White House. Delivering this petition 125 days...

2013-07-30 23:24:17

After requests from advocates and policy makers, the VA extended the public comment deadline for the proposed open burn pit registry questionnaire from August 5 to August 20, 2013. The Sergeant Sullivan Center, among those advocates who requested an extension of the deadline, now calls for individual stakeholders to review the questionnaire, submit feedback to the VA per the agency's instructions, and copy feedback to The Sergeant Sullivan Center by email, as the Center will be...

2013-04-15 08:20:45

New Campaign Aims to Shake Up Dysfunctional VA ARLINGTON, Va., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the backlog of pending disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) soars to nearly one million, today Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is launching a new website (MillionVetBacklog.com) and campaign to mobilize veterans and all Americans to demand accountability at VA. The new push calls on the White House to relieve VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and appoint a...

2013-03-22 16:20:58

Executive director praises VA leader's vision, endorses plans for new processing system WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of calls from a few vocal critics in the media and veterans' community for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to resign, AMVETS National Executive Director Stewart Hickey today announced his organization's support for the VA leader's continuation in his post. Hickey argued only Shinseki, a man with a proven...

2013-03-15 16:24:17

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of The American Legion has come out swinging in defense of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general and decorated Vietnam War combat veteran, is the primary target of a scathing, yet-to-be-published TIME Magazine piece penned by prominent columnist Joe Klein. The article, titled "Ten Years After: a National Disgrace" lambastes Shinseki for maintaining a low public profile while...

2013-02-01 16:26:39

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees lauds the efforts of the Save the VA Committee in its fight to stave off the closure of the VA medical center in Hot Springs, S.D. The committee, a community-based group, organized more than a year ago to develop counterproposals to the Department of Veterans Affairs plan to close the facility. The committee's work with congressional leaders resulted in a meeting on Capitol Hill with VA...

2012-12-11 16:24:56

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees released the following statement regarding the ongoing developments related to the Legionnaires outbreak at a VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. "We are deeply concerned about the reports we are receiving from the VA medical center in Pittsburgh, Pa.," said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. "In recent months, five of our nation's heroes have contracted Legionnaires disease at the Oakland...

2012-10-11 11:26:07

Union echoes concerns of congressional delegation about agency's secret deliberations WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today expressed grave concern over the Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System's (BHHCS) refusal to collaborate with veterans groups and other stakeholders as it moves forward with its plan to close the historic VA medical facility in Hot Springs, S.D. On Sept. 10, 2012...

2012-08-27 06:21:55

Secretaries asked to demand company allow workers to attend Veterans Administration appointments without any negative impact on their employment status COTE BLANCHE, La., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard sent letters to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta requesting their assistance in getting a decorated Iraq war veteran his job back and in demanding that...