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May 25 2011

Tip Sheet

Navigating the VA

Veterans Affairs is an intimidating bureacracy for journalists; the Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense gives a run-down of essential reporting resources.

VA on the Internet

  1. VACO’s Main web site - www.va.gov
  2. “New to VA” – general information www.va.gov/opa/newtova.asp
  3. 2011 VA budget: www.va.gov/budget/products.asp
  4. VA’s Inspector General www.va.gov/oig/publications/reports-list.asp
  5. VA’s Organizational Chart www.va.gov/ofcadmin/docs/vaorgchart.pdf
  6. VA’s Fact Sheets – statistical information on VA, veterans www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets.asp
  7. Finding VA facilities in Pennsylvania / New Jersey:
  8. www.va.gov/landing2_locations.htm

Who to contact at VACO

  1. VA’s public affairs: Katie Roberts Katie.Roberts@va.gov: (202) 461- 4982
  2. VA’s main public affairs number: (202) 461-7600

Stay Current

  1. “Who’s Who” at VACO, VA’s political appointees  www.va.gov/opa/bios/
  2. What is VBA?  www.vba.va.gov/REPORTS/abr/2010_abr.pdf
  3. How BIG is VBA’s claim backlog? www.vba.va.gov/REPORTS/mmwr/index.asp

Veterans for Common Sense

  1. Paul Sullivan: paul@veteransforcommonsense.org, (202) 558-4553 office, (202) 491-6953 cell
  2. Get our weekly VCS news updates - www.veteransforcommonsense.org

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Paul Sullivan

  • Paul Sullivan is executive director of Veterans for Common Sense. He served as an Army cavalry scout during the 1991 Gulf war. Since 2007, he has testified seven times before Congress about the needs and concerns of veterans. During 2008, VCS appeared in more than 300 news articles related to veterans, national security and civil liberties.

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