POLITICS 01/14/2019 06:35 pm ET Robert Wilkie accused the union of playing politics after one leader said lack of pay could lead to veterans' suicides. By Dave Jamieson The record-breaking government shutdown has exposed a deepening rift between the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the union representing many of the VA’s employees. Secretary Robert Wilkie, a Trump nominee, sent a letter to the president of the American Federation of Government Employees on Monday accusing the union of “stereotyping” veterans as victims in the 24-day partial government closure. While no one deserves to be furloughed or required to work without pay, the union has been quick to point out during the shutdown that the federal government employs a disproportionate number of veterans. Nearly one-third of the civilian federal workforce has served in the military, although the percentage varies greatly from agency to agency. Some 800,000 federal workers have gone … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs Secretary Spars With Employees’ Union Over Shutdown
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Brian MacQuarrie Globe Staff December 01, 2018 Rashaad Ingram helped bury 1,300 veterans as a member of the Army’s famed Old Guard, the presidential escort regiment that carries caskets at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.Ingram, 33, says he became 70 percent disabled from the physical demands of the job, a solemn ritual that helps grieving families take solace in a country’s final respects. But now, after four years of honorable service, Ingram has yet to receive a promised $7,000 tuition payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his nearly completed fall semester at Northeastern University.Northeastern has agreed to wait for the money, but many student veterans around the country are not as fortunate. Tens of thousands of housing allowances and tuition payments, required by law under the GI Bill, have not been paid on time as … [Read more...] about VA trips up veterans’ schoolwork
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National VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities Listen · 7:00 7:00 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/611733148/613017442" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Enlarge this image George Wilmot gets lost easily, forgets things — like a pot on the stove — and sometimes falls down without warning. His wife, Jenn, hasn't been able to work outside the home because taking care of George is a full-time job. Eva Verbeeck for NPR hide caption toggle caption Eva Verbeeck for NPR George Wilmot gets lost easily, forgets things — like a pot on the stove — and sometimes falls down without warning. His wife, Jenn, hasn't been able to work outside the home because taking care of George is a full-time job. Eva Verbeeck for NPR In the early days of the Iraq War, troops were … [Read more...] about VA’s Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities
Express-News Editorial Board Published 4:44 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Photo: JERRY LARA /San Antonio Express-News Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 David K. Winnett, Jr., of New Braunfels, gets into his modified truck at his home in New Braunfels, Monday, May 7, 2018. Winnett, 63, is a former Marine captain with 100 percent disability due to his Gulf War illness created by exposure to nerve gases and other toxic chemicals. Others, however, have not gotten such compensation. less David K. Winnett, Jr., of New Braunfels, gets into his modified truck at his home in New Braunfels, Monday, May 7, 2018. Winnett, 63, is a former Marine captain with 100 percent disability due to his Gulf War ... more Photo: JERRY LARA /San Antonio Express-News VA should pay more heed to Gulf War vets 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The nation is … [Read more...] about VA should pay more heed to Gulf War vets