Department of Veterans Affairs
The scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs has stunned the nation. An investigation found that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for doctors appointments in Arizona.
Disability checks continue to be processed but Conn. VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz said if the government shutdown continues into next month, the checks could be stalled.
More than 873,000 veterans are waiting for claim decisions. The reason: an antiquated paper filing system; plus a flood of new claims from Vietnam vets who are getting older.
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says its mental health professionals won’t comply with a new gun law in New York that requires them to report the names of patients they believe likely to hurt themselves or others.
The senator was joined by service dogs and veterans during his news conference to appeal for the directive to be tossed out in favor of allowing doctors to decide if a service dog can assist a veteran.
Calverton National Cemetery held a service for 20 military veterans whose remains were never claimed.
Twenty servicemen from New York City whose bodies have gone unclaimed for months or longer will receive full military honors at national veterans cemetery service.