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Jordain Carney

National Journal Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.
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How to Stop Burn Pits From Becoming the Next Agent Orange

July 11, 2014 The Obama administration prides itself on righting the sins of past regimes, including expanding access to health care for Vietnam veterans who suffered from exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. But veterans groups worry the administration is on track to repeat past mistakes by refusing thousands of disability claims that ...

Iraq's Probably Going to Need Help Taking Back Its Country

July 3, 2014 While initial U.S. assessments suggest that Iraq's security forces are able to defend Baghdad, what about taking back parts of the country that have been lost to insurgents? Well, the Pentagon believes Iraq will likely need some help with that. "I think that's a really broad, campaign-quality question. Probably not ...

The Four Biggest Challenges the Next VA Secretary Faces

June 30, 2014 We now know who will inherit the broken Veterans Affairs Department, but fixing the agency's bureaucratic nightmare will be no easy task. President Obama on Monday afternoon nominated Robert McDonald, a former CEO at Procter & Gamble who retired from the company in 2013. And though veterans advocates and lawmakers ...

The Four Biggest Challenges Facing the New VA Secretary

June 30, 2014 We now know who will inherit the broken Veterans Affairs Department, but fixing the agency's bureaucratic nightmare will be no easy task. President Obama on Monday afternoon nominated Robert McDonald, a former CEO at Procter & Gamble who retired from the company in 2013. And though veterans advocates and lawmakers ...

Chart: The Benefits Claims That Are Flying Under the Radar at VA

June 27, 2014 The long-standing slog within the Veterans Affairs Department to cut down its mountain of disability claims has been well documented. Or has it? The VA loves to talk about how it's on track to reach its goal next year of completing all disability compensation and pension claims within 125 days—keeping ...

One Thing That Is Going Right for Veterans

June 23, 2014 Every day seems to bring more bad news for veterans. But amid the ever-growing scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department, there is one thing going right: Many more veterans are getting jobs. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, which now stands at 5.3 percent, is at its lowest ...

FBI Joins Investigation Into VA Wait Times

June 11, 2014 Another day, another development on the Veterans Affairs Department wait-list scandal. A law enforcement official told The Washington Post that—at the request of the Justice Department—the FBI is reviewing VA records to see if officials lied about wait times for medical care to receive a bonus. The decision comes after ...

FBI Joins Investigation Into VA Wait Times

June 11, 2014 Another day, another development on the Department of Veterans Affairs wait-list scandal. A law enforcement official told The Washington Post that -- at the request of the Justice Department -- the FBI is reviewing VA records to see if officials lied about wait times for medical care to receive a ...

Prosecuting VA Officials Would be 'Shot Heard Around the System'

June 10, 2014 Want to get the attention of staffers at the Veterans Affairs Department during the ever-growing health care scandal? Fire a few top officials or charge them for their crimes as a warning to others. That was a solution offered by lawmakers from both parties Monday at a hearing on Capitol ...

Top VA Health Nominee Withdraws Over Ties to Waiting-List Scandal

June 5, 2014 President Obama's nominee to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew Thursday, his confirmation chances severely compromised by potential ties to the department's broader "waiting list" scandal Reports have linked Jeffrey Murawsky—who was Obama's choice to serve as the department's next undersecretary for health—to an Illinois ...