Veterans Services

USA Today, By Donovan Slack: The new inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to quickly repair the office’s image after nearly two years of criticism for cursory investigations and secrecy.  Michael Missal, who began work last Monday, said he plans to reach out to veterans’ groups, Congress and others to let them know his door is open and he plans to be more transparent.

By Travis J. Tritten: The House may weigh in next week on whether women must register for the military draft.  A Texas congressman is challenging a proposal by a House committee that requires women 18-26 years old to register with the currently all-male Selective Service. The draft expansion passed in April by the House Armed Services Committee is now part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act policy bill.

Traumatic brain injuries often result in devastating, life-long effects. Sadly many victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries are never properly diagnosed. Undiagnosed TBI patients are deprived the opportunity to receive important access to treatment and symptom management.  

By AJ Lagoe and Steven Eckert: The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to contact nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide to say they’re entitled to new exams for traumatic brain injuries, known as TBI’s.  That’s the latest development in a KARE 11 News investigation that revealed the VA had been using doctors who, by its own policy, were not qualified to diagnosis TBI’s.

Leo Shane III and Patricia Kime:  Senate leaders unveiled a massive veterans reform package Thursday that includes sweeping new accountability rules for Department of Veterans Affairs employees, a dramatic expansion of the veterans caregiver program, and promises of changing the agency to a more veteran-friendly culture.  Read more here: