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Oct 2, 2012 | ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

VA wasted $762,000 on training conferences

A new internal report from the Veterans Affairs Department shows the VA spent at least $6.1 million for a pair of training conferences with about $762,000 labeled as "unauthorized, unnecessary, and/or wasteful expenses."

Oct 2, 2012 | REUTERS + CHICAGO TRIBUNE/FOX BUSINESS

Veterans agency shaken over wasted expenses, official resigns

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged "serious lapses in oversight" on Monday and a senior official resigned as an investigation detailed funds wasted on elaborate conferences and said employees got gifts like massages and helicopter rides.

Oct 2, 2012 | FOX NEWS

Probe slams VA over $6M conference tab including parody video, official resigns

An Obama administration appointee has resigned in connection with another bombshell report detailing the waste of taxpayer money at feel-good conferences -- this time, at a pair of Veterans Affairs summits in Orlando that cost more than $6 million.

Sep 17, 2012 | MILITARY TIMES

Vets benefits to be exempt from sequestration

Veterans’ disability and education benefits, health care and counseling are all exempt from sequestration, according to a Friday report from the White House that spells out the harm that awaits defense and non-defense programs if a way isn’t found to avoid the across-the-board budget cuts.

Sep 17, 2012 | GI JOBS

House bill would ban schools from paying military recruiting bonuses and commissions

This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would, among other things, ban schools from paying bonuses or commissions for recruiting military or veteran students.

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