Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs http://apr.org en Roby Upset By Central Ala. VA Records Problem http://apr.org/post/roby-upset-central-ala-va-records-problem <p></p><p>U.S. Rep. Martha Roby says the latest report on the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is consistent with what she's been hearing about phony medical practices and the Veterans Administration inspectors not being aggressive about complaints.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:56:50 +0000 The Associated Press 54508 at http://apr.org Roby Upset By Central Ala. VA Records Problem AP Interview: VA Leader Talks About Patient Delays http://apr.org/post/ap-interview-va-leader-talks-about-patient-delays <p></p><p>The director of the Veterans Administration health services in central Alabama says he's eliminated paper waiting lists, added staff and worked to bring stability to an operation that has some of the longest patient waiting lists in the country.</p><p>James Talton talked about the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System after a VA report Monday showed it had an average wait time for new patients of 75 days. Talton says that's too high.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:11:57 +0000 The Associated Press 53793 at http://apr.org AP Interview: VA Leader Talks About Patient Delays Alabama Rep. Says VA Official Misled Her http://apr.org/post/alabama-rep-says-va-official-misled-her <p></p><p>An Alabama congresswoman says she was misled about steps being taken to correct the falsification of records at Veterans Administration health centers in central Alabama.</p><p>Republican Rep. Martha Roby announced over the weekend that the director of VA facilities in Montgomery and Tuskegee had told her some employees were terminated. She said she contacted Director James Talton on Tuesday and he told her there had been a misunderstanding about what he meant when he said the employees were "relieved of their duties." They were not terminated.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:41:26 +0000 The Associated Press 53706 at http://apr.org Alabama Rep. Says VA Official Misled Her Montgomery VA Among Longest Waits For New Patients http://apr.org/post/montgomery-va-among-longest-waits-new-patients <p></p><p>Veterans Administration statistics show medical facilities in Montgomery and Tuskegee have some of the nation's longest waits for new patients.</p><p>The numbers show VA centers in central Alabama have an average wait time for new patients of 75 days. That's seventh-worst nationally.</p><p>Delays are shorter elsewhere in Alabama. The average wait in Tuscaloosa is 47 days, and the Birmingham VA has an average wait of 31 days for new patients.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:05:38 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 53551 at http://apr.org Montgomery VA Among Longest Waits For New Patients Consecration Set for Alabama Veterans Cemetery http://apr.org/post/consecration-set-alabama-veterans-cemetery <P>The state Department of Veterans Affairs is planning a consecration service for Alabama's new Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort on April 17.</P> <P>A department spokesman said representatives of different religions will offer blessings and conduct rituals appropriate to their faiths during the 10 a.m. service. He said the service is in preparation for the cemetery's first interments.</P> <P>The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the state a $7 million grant to develop the cemetery on a 120-acre site on Alabama Highway 225. Work began on the cemetery in October 2011.</P> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:23:35 +0000 The Associated Press 28337 at http://apr.org Consecration Set for Alabama Veterans Cemetery