Senior defense official on call with reporters today: "We clearly recognize the threat from domestic extremists, particularly those who espouse white supremacist or white nationalist ideologies."
"...Private studies express between 2001 and today right-wing extremists are responsible for more deaths in this country than any other extremist group," senior DoD official says.
Some groups are actively trying to recruit DoD personnel to their cause or encouraging their members to join the military and DoD, senior DoD official says.
As they have been so far, DoD officials are referring any and all questions about military involvement in the assault on the Capitol last week to DoJ.

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11 Dec 20
Really sitting with this tonight and I think what sticks out more than anything is that VA didn’t take any action against the man (a VA contractor) with a history of abusing women (VA staff) but focused seemingly all it’s attention on discrediting the victim.
I know this isn’t a revelation to anyone, really. But it’s disturbing that it appears there wasn’t much concern that a man with a track record of sexual harassment potentially escalated to violence against a woman in a hospital in broad daylight around witnesses and cops.
There was so little concern, that VA police didn’t run his background check until 2 days after they ran one on the alleged victim and shared it with VA senior leaders.
But it follows some of the things these veterans and VA staffers told me:…
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10 Dec 20
New: @VetAffairsOIG found in a nearly yearlong review that Secretary Wilkie and his staff disparaged and sought to discredit a veteran and Congressional advisor who reported a sexual assault at the D.C. VA hospital.…
@VetAffairsOIG The @VetAffairsOIG was unable to substantiate that SecVA Wilkie investigated, or asked his staff to investigate the veteran, but did find evidence he and his staff made comments that attempted to discredit her, accusing her of a history of complaints.…
@VetAffairsOIG Though earlier reports suggested @VetAffairsOIG told federal prosecutors its review may have found criminal conduct, OIG spokesman tells me that's not the case.…
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9 Dec 20
Inbox: GAO finds, unsurprisingly, that Gulf War Illness claims are "complex and hard for VA to process."

Those claims are also denied at a higher rate than many others.

VA is in the final stages of officially defining the condition, hopefully in 2021.…
The good news is there's some incredibly encouraging researching being done by VA experts that could pave the way for a cure:…
Vets who have Gulf War Illness should be cautious during the pandemic. They may be at elevated risk for complications.…
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9 Dec 20
Today at 10 a.m., @SenateVA @SVACDems holds a hearing on @DeptVetAffairs and the pandemic. Also at 10 a.m., @VetAffairsDems @HouseVetAffairs holds a hearing on toxic exposures and VA presumptive service connection.
@SenateVA @SVACDems @DeptVetAffairs @VetAffairsDems @HouseVetAffairs VHA Executive Dr. Richard Stone is among those testifying in the Senate today.

Former SecVA @DavidShulkin is testifying on the second panel of the House hearing.
@SenateVA @SVACDems @DeptVetAffairs @VetAffairsDems @HouseVetAffairs @DavidShulkin Chairman @JerryMoran says he's looking to hear from VA about its progress on broadband agreements to support rural veterans and telehealth during the pandemic.
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16 Sep 20
If you'll let me, I'd like to interrupt your TLs for a moment to talk to you about Pat Duva, a 29-year-old Marine veteran who is dying of a rare brain cancer, and whose family asked me to help share his story.… @USMC
Pat is a history nerd and wanted to be a teacher. You'd want him on your trivia team. He from Jersey and fancies himself a pizza connoisseur. He turned down full college scholarships to become a Marine after watching the 9/11 terrorist attacks firsthand.…
"Pat always said, 'I went into the Marine Corps a healthy 18-year-old and I came out with all of these issues,'" his sister told me. "He felt in his heart that if he never joined, he would not have had the cancer. But he would not have changed anything."…
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5 Aug 20
New: More than 2 dozen vets and half a dozen VA pharmacy staffers told me they're seeing veterans' USPS mail-order prescriptions delayed by weeks.

"We are swamped with patient complaints over delivery delays," one VA pharmacy chief said.…
About 80% of VA outpatient prescriptions are delivered by mail, fulfilled at 7 massive, "highly automated" hub pharmacies.

So far, VA officials are providing little to no information about how the USPS delays are VA's mail-order prescription system.…
This is all VA officials would tell me:
"VA always encourages veterans to order routine prescriptions in advance. When it comes to emergent prescriptions, VA fills them onsite or uses commercial carriers to ensure timely delivery."…
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