St. Paul VA Leader Demoted Amid Job-Manipulation AllegationsTwo high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs were demoted Friday in response to allegations that they manipulated the agency's hiring system for their own gain. The VA said in a statement that Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were demoted from senior executives — the highest rank for career employees — to general workers within the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Delegation Members Want Hibbing VA InquirySeveral members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are calling for an investigation of alleged misconduct at a Veterans' Affairs clinic in Hibbing. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA's inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter.
For Vets, An Alternative To Nursing HomesWhen living at home becomes too difficult for veterans, many end up getting the care they need in nursing homes and other institutions.
Probe: No Evidence Of False VA Data In Vet's DeathThe Veterans Administration reports that an internal investigation found no evidence that a Minnesota veteran's appointment data was doctored after he died, three members of the state's congressional delegation said Friday.
Iraq Vet Opening Vet-Run, Military-Style GymTwenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. Now he's opening a gym run solely by combat veterans
Minnesota VA Medical Centers Have Shorter Waits Waiting times at the two Veterans Affairs medical centers in Minnesota are considerably lower than the worst trouble spots in the VA system, new audit data released Monday show. The average wait time for a patient seeking primary care for the first time is 28 days at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 25 days at the St. Cloud center, the data show. But the waits are much shorter for established patients who are already in the VA system — three days at Minneapolis and two days at St. Cloud.
Good Question: Do Vets Have To Visit VA For Care?There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA's inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.
Iraq Vet Plans To Open Vet-Run, Military-Style GymTwenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. "I was thinking, ‘There's a good chance I could die out here.’ And I obviously came really close," Weida said. He struggled with what to do with his life when he came home, but now he has a plan to help himself, and veterans just like him. Derek loved everything about the military, especially the brothers and sisters he made as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Injured Veteran Embraces Life After RecoveryFrom 2006 to 2007 Mike Simon served in Iraq. His life changed forever when he was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, suffering a major head injury. After the blast, Mike's wife Marno noticed a change in her husband. "He was able to call home once a week for about twenty minutes, started making really odd comments," Marno said.
Number Of Homeless Vets Drop In Hennepin CountyThe number of homeless veterans dropped nearly 53 percent from 2009 to 2012.
More Space Available For Military FamiliesA new building has been built near the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis to help military ad veterans' families in their time of need.
Minn. Senate OKs Shellito As Veterans Affairs HeadLarry Shellito has been confirmed by Minnesota's Senate as state Veterans Affairs commissioner.