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VA Caught Red-Handed Wasting Tax Dollars on IT Contract That Could Be Done Cheaper In-house

April 03, 2015

AFGE Local 1745 in Texas demanded that the Department of Veterans Affairs immediately end an illegal contract of information technology work in the Project Management Accountability System Business Office after it became clear from a VA inspector general report that the agency violated both sourcing law and policy and intentionally reduced the number of civilian workers in order to contract out the work.

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Categories: VA, Outsourcing

VA Suicide Hotline Documentary Wins Oscar

February 24, 2015

The VA Crisis Hotline Call Center receives about 22,000 calls every month from veterans and active-duty military members who have lost hope and are thinking about committing suicide. The center’s 275 health science specialists work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to listen to those who cry out for help. The HBO documentary, "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," that just won an Oscar last weekend. 

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Categories: VA, Veterans

VA Secretary Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at AFGE Legislative Conference

February 12, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald received a rock star welcome as he addressed a packed house at the AFGE National VA Council’s meeting early Sunday morning. The Council meeting is part of AFGE’s annual Legislative Conference being held here in Washington, D.C. Feb. 8-11. Secretary McDonald's appearance this weekend was the first time a VA Secretary has spoken at a VA Council meeting at the legislative conference.

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Categories: VA

VA Secretary Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at AFGE Legislative Conference

February 09, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald received a rock star welcome as he addressed a packed house at the AFGE National VA Council’s meeting early Sunday morning. The Council meeting is part of AFGE’s annual Legislative Conference being held here in Washington, D.C. Feb. 8-11. Secretary McDonald's appearance this weekend was the first time a VA Secretary has spoken at a VA Council meeting at the legislative conference.

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Categories: VA, Veterans

District 2 Holds Organizing Drive

December 18, 2014

AFGE District 2 held an organizing drive to recruit new members at a number of New York City Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities this week.

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Categories: VA

How One Woman Helped Change the VA

November 25, 2014

In 2011, Dr. Michelle Washington went before Congress to sound the alarm about a shortage of VA doctors able to treat troops returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Categories: VA

AFGE Takes on VA Privatizers in CQ Researcher Debate

November 20, 2014

As the debate over privatization of veterans’ health care wears on, the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs work tirelessly to provide top-quality care, programs and assistance to those who have borne the battle for our country. 

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Categories: VA

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