90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Obama Unveils Veterans Mental Health, Housing Measures

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion National Convention on August 26, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Obama announced a series of executive actions to aid veterans. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion National Convention on August 26, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Obama announced a series of executive actions to aid veterans. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Speaking at the American Legion National Convention this afternoon, President Obama announced executive actions to improve veterans mental healthcare and housing, a day after a draft report from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found no proof that delays in health care lead to the deaths of veterans at a VA hospital in Phoenix.

NPR’s Scott Horsley discusses the president’s remarks with Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • gene clark

    Does the VA IG have any credibility after helping to cover up the false appointment wait scam after employees reported it to the IG? Interest will die down on this issue, and things will go back to dysfunctional normal. Administrators may find a new scam to increase their pay that goes on for another couple of decades before the next media expose.

  • Daniel

    Your reporter starts off with “Obama has fences to mend with veterans” Really? Who says? The way it was stated I believe the “who says” question is answered with “the reporter says.” So what? Why not report the news and keep your personal commentary to yourself?

  • Malik Bourne

    Everyone knows Obama does virtually nothing he says he is going to do but go on vacation. That he never hedges on or spends month deliberating, he just goes and has fun on our dime while the world and our culture burns. He campaigned on fixing the VA and did nothing for six years. Our guys had to be falling over in the hallways before anyone, including Congress, did anything.

    This guy is a dope he has no clue what he is doing internationally and domestically. Illegals are pouring in and our economy is in shambles. Microsoft just laid off the most people in history today. Most Americans can’t afford to buy houses despite the low interest rates. The labor participation rate is awful.

    Just take myself for example – I was laid off in 2010 shortly after the start of the recession. I’m highly skilled in my field, yet have been bouncing around from job to job all making starting salary numbers, despite being 56 years old. Paying my mortgage is a struggle. Paying my health insurance is worse ($375/month from Freelancer’s Union). My car insurance is cheap at $25/month (from Insurance Panda). My daughter is forced to attend a public school that is in increasingly worse condition thanks to illegal children and welfare leeches moving in. Yet here I am, unable to afford a quality education for her.

    He has no standing with Vets because of the Bergdahl idiocy. To go get a deserter that cost American lives is just stupid unless of course your going to do the right thing and bring him back here and put him in front of a firing squad which this idiot won’t do. Please notice however what is typical Obama. He took no responsibility for the VA fiasco, none. Like somebody else was in charge and it just kind of happened.

    • gene clark

      Yeah, everything–past, present, future–is Obama’s fault. VA was in wonderful shape before Obama, and it will be brought back to its former glory under the next Republican president. Economy was in great shape before Obama, as it will be under the next Republican president. Border control/immigration policy was terrific before Obama, and will be again once we elect a new Republican president. All your worries and mine will be history with the new president who bring back the good old days.

  • it_disqus

    Why doesn’t President Obama have the same health coverage of our veterans? Why do some public servants have it better than others? Does it have anything to do with those who write the laws?

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 12 8 Comments

Senator: Arab Countries ‘Need To Step To The Plate’ In Fight Against ISIS

Mark Begich (D-AK) is one of the few members of Congress speaking out against a key part of President Obama's plan for fighting the Islamic State.

September 12 Comment

Ecuadorian Drilling Damage Inspires Documentary

An American and an Ecuadorian are inspired to help Ecuador heal from decades of drilling and oil spills.

September 11 9 Comments

Doctor: 9/11 Responders’ Illnesses Becoming Worse

A World Trade Center Health Program medical provider says chronic illnesses affecting first responders are lingering and becoming worse.

September 11 Comment

Dennis Lehane Takes ‘The Drop’ From Screen To Page

Author Dennis Lehane discusses adapting a screenplay into a novel.