News Round Up: Wal-Mart Reaffirms Commitment to Hiring Veterans, House Passes Multiple Bills Aimed at Helping Veterans, New Reports Detail VA Mismanagement

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We scour the web for the latest news on veterans and compile it here every other week. Here are the top headlines for May 8-21.

Wal-Mart Announces Expansion of Veteran Hiring

Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced it is expanding the company’s original plan to hire 100,000 honorably-discharged veterans by 2018 to a total of 250,000 by 2020. An executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart issued a statement outlining how pleased the company has been with the strong work ethic of veterans, and praised the skills veterans are able to bring to the company. If the Wal-Mart meets its goal of hiring 250,000 vets by 2020, one out of five of the company’s employees will have served in the military. Read More

House Passes Slate of Veteran-Themed Bills

Just in time for Memorial Day, House lawmakers passed a number of veteran-related measures earlier this week. The measures include a new accountability bill for employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and one that would make ID cards available to any honorably discharged service member. The bills received unanimous bipartisan support. Read More

VA Mismanagement, Malpractice Detailed in Report

More than 120 investigation reports by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general have been released, and reveal numerous problems at VA medical centers nationwide. The previously unpublished reports date back to as early as 2006, and include problems ranging from medical malpractice and patient safety concerns to mismanagement and corruption. The reports were posted to the VA inspector general’s website last month after complaints that the office failed to disclose results related to allegations of a psychiatrist overprescribing painkillers and other dangerous medications at the Tomah Wisconsin VA Medical Center. Read More


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