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Philadelphia V.A. Office Draws Withering Fire in Wake of Mismanagement Findings

The VA inspector-general found more than 31,000 claims and questions from veterans collecting dust for an average of nearly a year, and the personal information of veterans and VA staff left in a kitchen area for anyone to see.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(A "Chow Down With Veterans" cooking class at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Phila. Free Library Holds Healthy Cooking Classes With Focus on Military Vets

The Free Library of Philadelphia has hosted its second monthly session of “Chow Down with Veterans” in its fourth-floor culinary literacy center kitchen.

01/14/2015

(US Sen. Bob Casey speaks with US military veterans at The Veterans Group LLC, on Baring Street in West Philadelphia.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Sen. Bob Casey Calls For Hearings Into V.A. Processing Backlogs

Even with changes and reforms, Casey says, the backlog for disability claims is 266 days for Philadelphia veterans. “That backlog is unacceptable,” he says.

11/10/2014

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Navigating The Resources Available Through The VA

The VA, with its array of services offered can seem at times huge and staggering. Here’s a quick summary to help you get started.

11/10/2014

(Philadelphia VA regional benefits office director Diana Rubens, left, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center director Daniel Hendee at a Philadelphia City Council hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Explores Status of VA Health Care Reforms

The lawmakers heard promises of improvements from local officials, and tales of bureaucratic bungling from veterans.

09/15/2014

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N.J. Congressman Suggests Allowing Military Vets To Circumvent VA Care

Rep. Frank LoBiondo is reacting to the health care crisis within the Veterans Administration by proposing a pilot program that would give veterans a choice on treatment options.

05/30/2014

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

US Sen. Bob Casey Joins Call For Veterans’ Health Care Accountability

Appearing with a pair of US military veterans, Casey (at lectern) said the average time for the VA to process disability claims in Pennsylvania is now 300 days.

05/28/2014

(US Rep. Pat Toomey, at lectern, is flanked by, from left, Pa. state representative Thomas Murt, state senator Stewart Greenleaf, and  Stewart Hickey of Amvets.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Toomey Wants To Let US Veterans Sue Over Long Waits For Treatment

US senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is weighing in on the scandal over long wait times in the Veterans Administration medical system.

05/27/2014

(US Army soldiers salute during a ceremony after arriving home from Iraq.   Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Part 4: Combatting Homelessness Among Vets

For thousands of soldiers, a new battle will begin: to adjust here at home. Not all will succeed, and the most vulnerable may end up on the street.

06/03/2011