Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs

VA-Health Care
4:16 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Firing Of Central Alabama VA Director Upheld

The Veterans Administration terminated James Talton in late October for neglect of duty, but he appealed to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

A federal appeals board has upheld the firing of the former director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.

The Veterans Administration terminated James Talton in late October for neglect of duty. He appealed to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. The board has issued a 32-page decision upholding the termination.

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Veterans-Health Care
4:05 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Termination Begun For 2nd Alabama VA Official

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson announced Friday that termination proceedings had begun against Dr. Cliff Robinson, from his position as chief of staff at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.
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The Veterans Administration has started termination of a second official at its troubled medical centers in central Alabama.

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson announced Friday that termination proceedings had begun against Dr. Cliff Robinson, who was put on paid administrative leave in August from his position as chief of staff at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.

Gibson announced Monday that termination proceedings had begun against James Talton, who was also placed on leave in August from his position as director of the Central Alabama VA.

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VA Healthcare-Changes
3:46 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

VA Takes Step To Change Central Alabama Leadership

The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken the first step toward removing the director of the Central Alabama VA Healthcare System following months of problems.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken the first step toward removing the director of the Central Alabama VA Healthcare System following months of problems.

The VA's deputy secretary, Sloan Gibson, said Monday that he proposed the removal of James Talton following an investigation that substantiated allegations of neglect of duty.

Talton was placed on administrative leave in August after reports that hundreds of X-rays went unread, patients experienced long delays in getting appointments, and one employee took a patient to buy illegal drugs.

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VA-Health Care
4:40 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

VA Officials Say Care In Alabama Improving

Veterans Administration officials say services at the troubled central Alabama VA health care facilities are improving, with more staff and shorter waits for new patients to get an appointment.

Veterans Administration officials say services at the troubled central Alabama VA health care facilities are improving, with more staff and shorter waits for new patients to get an appointment.

The VA's Southeast director, Charles Sepich, said the goal is to rebuild veterans' trust.

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Homeless Veterans
4:10 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Ala. Veterans Aid Groups Receive $6.3 Million

Alabama community organizations that work with homeless or at-risk veterans have received more than $6.3 million in federal grants.
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Alabama community organizations that work with homeless or at-risk veterans have received more than $6.3 million in federal grants.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the awards Tuesday as part of meeting a 2009 promise to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Nationwide, the agency announced about $300 million in grants.

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Veteran Health-Alabama
4:49 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Roby Slams Central Ala. VA Scheduling Manipulation

Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery says the VA report shows that the Central Alabama VA numbers are "off the chart" when compared to other facilities.
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An Alabama congresswoman says a new report is the strongest evidence yet that patient scheduling manipulation was standard operating procedure at Veterans Affairs health care facilities in central Alabama.

The Department of Veterans Affairs released data to Congress showing 57 percent of the staff surveyed at Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System said they were instructed to change the dates of when a veteran asked for an appointment. That compares to nearly 13 percent nationally, 17 percent at the Tuscaloosa VA and 9 percent at the Birmingham VA.

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Veterans-Health Care-Alabama
3:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Roby Upset By Central Ala. VA Records Problem

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby called it "obviously egregious behavior," and she asked how anyone could think that falsifying more than 1,200 pulmonary records does not endanger patients.
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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.

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Health Care-Alabama
4:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

AP Interview: VA Leader Talks About Patient Delays

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.

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.

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.

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Health Care-Alabama
3:41 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Alabama Rep. Says VA Official Misled Her

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.
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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.

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.

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VA Health Care-Alabama
4:05 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Montgomery VA Among Longest Waits For New Patients

The numbers show VA centers in central Alabama have an average wait time for new patients of 75 days.
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Veterans Administration statistics show medical facilities in Montgomery and Tuskegee have some of the nation's longest waits for new patients.

The numbers show VA centers in central Alabama have an average wait time for new patients of 75 days. That's seventh-worst nationally.

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.

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Alabama Veterans Cemetery
8:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Consecration Set for Alabama Veterans Cemetery

Alabama's new Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.
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The state Department of Veterans Affairs is planning a consecration service for Alabama's new Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort on April 17.


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.