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Guest opinion: VA system has been unfairly maligned

One of the biggest — and most misunderstood — stories of 2014 was about the nation’s largest health care system, the Veterans Health Administration.

December 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: A lifetime duty to care for veterans

Gazette opinion: A lifetime duty to care for veterans

On Dec. 7, 1944, news of war in Europe and in the Pacific filled The Billings Gazette. Portraits of young men in military uniforms ran almost daily under a caption that said “killed in action” and listed their parents’ address in Billings. Mothers shared snippets of news from letters they ha…

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More sexually traumatized veterans will now have access to mental health care

More sexually traumatized veterans will now have access to mental health care

More veterans in need of mental health care because they were sexually assaulted or sexually harassed during their military service are now eligible for treatment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday.

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Program allows eligible veterans to receive care outside VA system

Program allows eligible veterans to receive care outside VA system

A program popular among Montana veterans that allows them to get medical care closer to home has been reauthorized by Congress through August 2016.

December 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New patients to Billings VA clinics wait average of 22 days for appointment

New patients to Billings VA clinics wait average of 22 days for appointment

Billings has two veteran clinics that span a total of more than 95,000 square feet and are worth more than $14 million, but some men and women are still having a hard time getting an appointment.

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Tester calls protracted search for VA director 'unacceptable'

Tester calls protracted search for VA director 'unacceptable'

The selection process for naming someone to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is taking “far, far too long,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a recent interview with The Billings Gazette. “It is unacceptable.”

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VA leader vows to explore greater autonomy for Billings-based VA clinics

VA leader vows to explore greater autonomy for Billings-based VA clinics

In the past five years, Billings has experienced explosive growth in health care facilities and services for veterans. Now some veterans question whether they have grown so large that administrators at Fort Harrison cannot effectively manage them from 250 miles away.

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VA Montana erroneously releases patients' confidential information

VA Montana erroneously releases patients' confidential information

A Glendive veteran says his confidential medical diagnosis, birth date, address and Social Security information were compromised when the VA Montana Health Care System mishandled his request for medical services.

October 29, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Acting VA director schedules town hall meeting for veterans

Acting VA director schedules town hall meeting for veterans

Veterans will have an opportunity to ask questions of Johnny Ginnity, acting director of VA Montana Health Care System, during a town hall meeting on Nov. 13.

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Veterans will soon have access to 'one-stop' medical services, including pharmaceutical

Veterans will soon have access to 'one-stop' medical services, including pharmaceutical

VA medical facilities on the Billings West End will soon become a one-stop destination for veterans.

October 10, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Montana stands to gain from VA's nationwide effort to recruit medical professionals

Montana stands to gain from VA's nationwide effort to recruit medical professionals

Newly named Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has wasted no time outlining a national recruitment effort to bring needed medical professionals into the VA, which could benefit the VA Montana Health Care System.

September 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs owes Ed Saunders a swift and sincere apology.

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6 candidates interview to lead VA Montana Health Care system

A field of six candidates vying to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is being narrowed as officials prepare to name a new director.

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Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

For the second time in less than two years a search is underway for someone to lead the VA Montana Health Care system.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: VA needs money for timely, quality care of veterans

The latest scandal in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t about quality of health care, but rather about veterans’ being unable to get care when they need it.

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Montana VA using report to identify, address weak areas

Montana VA using report to identify, address weak areas

The Department of Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System scored high in areas of patient satisfaction and call responsiveness, though it ranked near the bottom in patient wait times, employee satisfaction and turnover, according to a recent report by the VA inspector general.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New VA Clinic brings specialty services closer to Billings-area veterans

New VA Clinic brings specialty services closer to Billings-area veterans

A standing-room-only crowd of at least 200 people Friday morning helped officially open the $6.3 million Majestic Lane Clinic, which gives veterans in the Billings area access to specialty services.

April 11, 2014 11:15 am Photos

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Calling suicide among veterans a crisis, Sen. Walsh proposes reforms

Calling suicide among veterans a crisis, Sen. Walsh proposes reforms

Calling the high suicide rate among America’s combat veterans unacceptable, U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., on Wednesday laid out a plan to deal with the crisis.

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Veteran: 'Buildings don’t give patient care, people give patient care'

Veteran: 'Buildings don’t give patient care, people give patient care'

In less than six weeks, the $6.3 million Majestic Lane Clinic on Billings' West End is scheduled to open to veterans.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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How many veterans are in Montana? Who knows?

How many veterans are in Montana? Who knows?

The United States has not accounted for its veterans in a nationwide census since 2000 and both Montana veterans and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., are imploring the U.S. Census Bureau to get it done.

January 29, 2014 8:45 am Photos

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