Ideas

'Dunkirk' Should Remind Us What Wars Are Like (And That We’re Still Fighting Them)

After our veterans screened the movie's powerful and familiar portrayals of combat, we think Americans should be talking more about our endless presence in Afghanistan and the multi-front war against ISIS.

Science & Tech

Veterans Affairs to Adopt DoD’s Electronic Health-Records System

VA will sign onto MHS Genesis platform being developed by Cerner and Leidos under a $4 billion contract.

Ideas

What Wounded Veterans Need: Medical Marijuana

The American Legion, representing millions of wartime vets, calls on Trump to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research to help those suffering from PTSD, TBI, opioid abuse, and more.

Policy

Meet the Woman in Charge of Customer Service for Millions of Vets

Lynda Davis, VA's chief veteran experience officer, will continue working on Vets.gov and getting real-time feedback for veterans.

Science & Tech

Veterans Calling VA's Crisis Line Can Finally Get Through. Here’s Why.

A team of techies and customer-service professionals starting tackling the problem in 2015.

Science & Tech

VA's Patchwork System Eats Most of its $4B Tech Budget. Congress Wants That to Stop.

The agency’s CIO says there’s no clear plan for replacing custom-built systems, two of which are more than 50 years old.

Ideas

Don’t Dismantle VA Reform

The Commission on Care’s recommendations to fix veterans’ health care may not be perfect, but they’re a good start.

Ideas

Don't Dismantle the VA

Veterans care should not become a profit-making enterprise that serves no one better than its financial backers.

Policy

Overhaul Veterans Care by Working with More Private-Sector Firms, Panel Says

The Commission on Care's final report declines to recommend stripping the Veterans Health Administration of its status as a government agency.

Ideas

Don’t Privatize the Veterans Health Administration

The healthcare industry wants to take over a system that – for all its problems – still outperforms the private sector.

Policy

VA's New Paperless Claim System Has Nearly Doubled in Costs

The agency’s deputy IG told lawmakers the billion-dollar (and counting) system may not be worth the money.

Policy

Why Veterans Day Won't Spark Real Debate on National Security

Veterans Day underscores how the public and politicos focus on manufactured patriotism instead of actual national security experience and policy specifics.

Ideas

Military Experience Isn't Preparing Veterans for Private Success

It may be less about training and more about ethos. You already chose honor over money.

Policy

Congress OKs Shifting $3 Billion To Bail Out Cash-Strapped VA

Without the fix, the department said it would have to close hospitals, furlough workers and issue a hiring freeze starting in August.

Policy

Meet Joe Heck, the GOP One-Star General Who Could Take Reid's Senate Seat

Military experience? Check. Small business owner? Check. Physician? Check. Congressional leadership? Check. Winning record in swing district? Check. National security election? Double check.

Science & Tech

VA’s ‘Grand Challenge’: Open-Source Prosthetic Limbs for Veterans

The VA hopes a contest will spur innovation in replacement limbs the way DARPA jumpstarted self-driving cars.

Business

Whistleblower Says VA Spent More Than $6 Billion Unlawfully

Secretary McDonald, who apparently sat on a memo about the problem, says the whistleblower should fix it himself.

Science & Tech

VA Blocked More Than a Billion Cyber Threats in March

The VA could become quickly overwhelmed if the threat continues to escalate, the agency's top information officer said.

Business

Veterans Sue the VA Over Access to Medical Records

Some veterans are upset they're having to waiting hundreds of days just to advance the process of applying for combat-related compensation.

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