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Fact Check: Sec. Wilkie’s IMPROVE Claims 

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilke has made numerous false claims about proposed legislation that would provide private-sector providers with federal grant money for veteran suicide prevention care outside the VA, according to new analysis from the non-partisan Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute. In fact, the legislation has critical flaws that could potentially endanger veterans’ care rather than help.

Former VA Secretary David Shulkin says he is “deeply concerned with what's happening to public service” 

President Trump’s former Department of Veterans Affairs secretary tells CBS News that the environment in Washington has been growing “toxic, chaotic, and subversive” during the Trump administration and he fears Americans will no longer want to work in public service.

Will VA be ready to process new ‘blue water’ Vietnam veterans benefits next year?

A new law could provide thousands of dollars a month in disability benefits to 90,000 Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving on ships off the Vietnam coast. But lawmakers and veterans’ advocates are concerned that the VA will not be prepared for the influx of new claims.

Former therapist: VA is hurting mental health care for combat veterans at its Vet Centers 

The quality of care VA counselors and therapists can provide to veterans is suffering due to unrealistic appointment quotas being enforced by their managers, according to this report by NBC Nightly News.

The Best Cities for Veterans to Buy a Home 

Research website House Method has ranked the 50 best cities for veterans to buy a home, based on factors including home cost, veteran income, cost of living, the quality of VA health care, and more. Click here to see if your city made the list.


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