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Leo Shane III

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Recent articles by Leo:

Lawsuit charges VA mistakes, inaction led to veteran’s parking lot suicide

The $8.25 million wrongful death lawsuit says VA doctors cut off the patient's pain medication and did not respond quickly enough to reports of his suicidal behavior. → Read More

VA is poised to get its largest budget ever, but is it enough?

Advocates say the administration's plan for fiscal 2021 fall about $4 billion short of the needs of America's veterans. → Read More

Veterans coalition condemns Trump’s continued attacks on Army officer who testified against him

More than 1,100 signers called the soldier an honorable public servant who deserves protection from the commander in chief. → Read More

Trump suggests Army should punish officer who testified in impeachment inquiry

Defense officials in the past had promised that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman would be protected from retaliation. → Read More

Troops would see another big pay raise under White House budget plan for 2021

The request calls for a 3.0 percent pay raise starting next January, following a 3.1 percent pay raise this year. → Read More

VA programs would see a 13 percent funding boost under Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget plan

If enacted, the proposal would make VA the second-largest federal agency in terms of discretionary spending. → Read More

This week in Congress: Budget season begins

Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of Feb. 10, 2020. → Read More

Trump blasts dismissed Army officer at center of impeachment inquiry as insubordinate, dishonest

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was removed from his post at the White House a day earlier. → Read More

Complaint accuses VA secretary of working to discredit Hill staffer who reported sexual assault

A department insider says Robert Wilkie actively worked to discredit the woman, even as he publicly promised a fair investigation. → Read More

Sudden firing of top VA official raises questions about leadership stability

VA leaders have downplayed the incident, but others see it as a shocking attack on a well-respected administrator. → Read More

Signs of white supremacy, extremism up again in poll of active-duty troops

More than half of minority service members have seen links to the hate groups among fellow troops. → Read More

The impeachment trial is over. Now can Congress get defense work done?

Lawmakers will have to put aside partisan bitterness in coming days and behind work on a host of routine military policy work. → Read More

VA secretary insists surprise firing of top official isn’t a sign of leadership turmoil

Deputy Secretary James Byrne was fired Monday in what the secretary called a simple business decision. → Read More

Military family reunion takes center stage at State of the Union

Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams made a surprise return from Afghanistan as part of the annual prime-time address. → Read More

Nominee for top Pentagon personnel job out after controversy over past writings

J. David Patterson was nominated for the post less than a month ago. → Read More

VA deputy secretary fired after ‘loss of confidence’

James Byrne was confirmed to the second-highest VA spot less than five months ago. → Read More

This week in Congress: State of impeachment

Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of Feb. 3, 2020. → Read More

New VA initiative calls for inviting caregivers in the room during veterans’ medical visits

Advocate says too often those caregivers have been shut out of critical discussions of veterans care and medical records. → Read More

House votes to curb Trump’s military action on Iran

The Democratic-led House passed legislation to repeal the 2002 war authorization for Iraq and to bar funding for military action in Iran, in an effort to reclaim Congress’s war powers amid regional tensions. → Read More

How veterans may be overwhelmed by too many programs to help them find jobs

A new report says many civilian sector efforts to get veterans into new jobs may be too focused on providing quick employment instead of new careers. → Read More