Veterans Services

By Leo Shane III:  House and Senate lawmakers adopted separate spending plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, setting the stage for another program funding boost in fiscal 2017 but also months of negotiations over a host of new veterans initiatives.  Read more here: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/05/19/house-senate-separate-va-budget

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) launched surprise raids of 10 Veterans Affairs Regional Offices (VARO) last summer after receiving a tip from a whistleblower.  And what they found was disturbing.  According to the recently released report, the VA has been methodically destroying hundreds of veterans’ benefits and claim documents at their offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Reno.  Read more here: 

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.

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