VA Head Vows To Punish Officials Accused In Job ScamThe deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs says he still intends to punish two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month after they forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities.
Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria Found In Mpls. VA Hospital's WaterVeterans Affairs officials say they've detected the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease in water samples at the Minneapolis hospital. No illnesses have been reported. Officials at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis said routine testing on Nov. 19 found the bacteria in 5 of 40 water samples.
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.
For Formerly Homeless Veteran, Marathon Is About Much More Than RunningTens of thousands of people are a night's sleep away Saturday from doing something less than 1 percent of the U.S. population ever does: finishing a marathon. For one of those runners, it was a much more grueling path to the starting line than long training runs.
Veterans Benefits Official In St. Paul Accused Of Financial ImproprietyThe head of the Veterans Affairs' benefits office in St. Paul is accused of using her position inappropriately for person and financial gain.
VA Inspector General Investigating Hibbing ClinicThe Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations of misconduct at a VA clinic in Hibbing. Last month, 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. The practice is known as schedule "scrubbing."
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.
Conversations With Veterans: Howard Wasdin's Success Post Military LifeElite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin survived the infamous battle made famous in the hit movie “Black Hawk Down,” but medical retirement and coming home, presented him with challenges he never expected.
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.
Franken Calls On VA Secretary To Resign Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
Amid Gov't Shutdown, What's Open And What's Not For Vets?While the shutdown lingers across the nation, local veterans affairs offices are off-limits to the public. "Veterans obviously are wondering, 'Where do I go?' It’s continuous," Tom Hanson said.