Liberal Vets Group Sues To Stop Influence Of Three ‘Shadow’ Advisers
Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general finds problems in the agency's caregiver program.
Veterans Group Sues To Block VA Shadow Rulers
A liberal veterans group is suing to block the influence of three outside advisers who have been secretly influencing the Department of Veterans Affairs from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. ProPublica reported last week that the advisers — Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, West Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz and Washington lawyer Marc Sherman — have been shaping VA personnel and policy decisions despite having no official role or relevant expertise. (Arnsdorf, 8/16)
Watchdog Finds Significant Problems In VA Caregiver Program
Family caregivers seeking help from the Department of Veterans Affairs encountered extended wait times and spotty aid from the agency, according to a new report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG investigation found that 65 percent of the more than 1,800 applicants between January and September 2017 were forced to wait longer than the required 45-day timeframe to be approved for the program. Fifty-five percent of the applicants waited between three and six months for approval, while 14 percent waited even longer, according to thereport released Thursday. (Clason, 8/17)