Tentative Deal Reached to Fund VA Fixes

(CNN) — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees have reached a tentative agreement on a bill to reform the VA health system. That’s according to aides of the two chairmen, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Jeff Miller. The VA has been rocked by reports of delays in care for veterans at its … Continue reading »

PTSD Treatment for Veterans Lacking

(CNN) — A new report says the government isn’t prepared to treat the increasing number of cases of post-traumatic stress disorder in troops and veterans. The study by the Institute of Medicine found that despite spending billions, a “lack of standards, reporting, and evaluation” has hurt government efforts to treat PTSD. The report, released Friday, … Continue reading »

House Passes VA Health Care Measure

Washington, D.C. (CNN) — A bill aimed at giving veterans more options for medical care in response to the VA wait time scandal passed Tuesday in the U.S. House by a unanimous vote. The legislation would allow veterans who experience long wait times for appointments to seek care outside VA facilities. The U.S. Senate is … Continue reading »

Obama Weighs in on VA Scandal

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama responded to the alleged cover-up involving veterans’ medical care. “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable. It is disgraceful. And I will not tolerate it. Period,” Obama said at the White House. He spoke to reporters after meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. “Any misconduct, … Continue reading »

Eugene VA Clinic Breaks Ground

EUGENE, Ore. – The ground is broken and now construction can start on the new outpatient VA Clinic. Top officials and local vets were on hand to witness the ceremonial beginning for the new center off Old Coburg Road and Chad Drive. The brochure for Monday’s groundbreaking read “To Care for Those Who Have Borne … Continue reading »

VA Clinic Groundbreaking

EUGENE, Ore. — Crews will break ground for a new clinic that will serve local veterans, Monday. Congressman Peter Defazio, Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Mayor Kitty Piercy will speak at Monday’s ceremony. The center will help serve the many patients that currently get treatment at the VA clinic in Roseburg. It will … Continue reading »

Veterans’ Home Helping Local Economy

LEBANON, Ore. — A Veterans’ Home in Lebanon broke ground a year ago, but this week the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs said it would spend $26 million to finish the project: a project that is benefiting the local economy. The approximate $40 million Veterans’ Home will have 154 beds, and 11 houses with a … Continue reading »

City Club Discusses Veterans Health Care

EUGENE, Ore. — The City Club of Eugene tackled the issue of veterans health care on Friday with an appearance by the health director of the Roseburg VA. Carol Bogedain drove up from Roseburg and spoke during the meeting; she specifically talked about the new clinic scheduled for construction on Chad Drive. Bogedain says it’s … Continue reading »

New Phone Scam Targets Veterans

EUGENE, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a scam that’s targeting Oregon veterans. Deputies say a woman called a vet and told him the VA was in the process of issuing new veteran cards. She then asked for his personal information, including where he banked. When the veteran asked who the … Continue reading »