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Many of VA region's top salaries, bonuses in Tampa area

Many of VA region's top salaries, bonuses in Tampa area

When it comes to bonuses and salaries, the Tampa area has some of the region's best compensated Veterans Affairs employees.
Published: 07/14/14
In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

WASHINGTON — In a rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making payments to tens of thousands of veterans without adequate medical evidence that they deserve the benefits, the depart...
Published: 07/14/14

Air Force: 3,459 positions to be cut

NORFOLK, Va. — The Air Force said Monday it will eliminate nearly 3,500 positions over the next five years, with Virginia being harder hit than any other state.
Published: 07/14/14

New leader takes command of MacDill refueling wing Sunday

Command of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base will be changing hands Sunday at 9 a.m.
Published: 07/11/14
14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1890s

14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1890s

No, the United States military isn’t trying to build a force of centenarians.
Published: 07/10/14

Watchdog: Retaliation complaints jump at VA

WASHINGTON — A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Department of Veterans Affairs against employees who filed whistleblower complaints — including 25 complaints filed since June 1,...
Published: 07/08/14
Tampa area mourns death of popular wounded soldier

Tampa area mourns death of popular wounded soldier

Ever since returning from Afghanistan, where he was severely injured when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in 2010, Army Sgt. Thongpane Thongdeng touched a lot of lives in the area’s military community.
Published: 07/03/14

Veteran meets with VA official he was accused of threatening

Five days after armed agents showed up at his house investigating whether he made a threat against a top local Veterans Administration official, St. Petersburg veteran Michael Henry met with that official Wednesday morning to discuss his care.
Published: 07/02/14
Updated: 07/03/14
Haley VA hospital opens new day room

Haley VA hospital opens new day room

Army Spc. Jeffery Scott Jr., his wheelchair tucked under the new air hockey table, smiles as the little green plastic disk comes whizzing toward him, fired, no less, by a member of Congress.
Published: 07/01/14
Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.
Published: 06/30/14