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  1. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, speaks as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, during a news conference on Oct. 1 after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara / AP

    Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate

    When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  2. Death prompts changes at Hampton VA hospital

    A patient's death has prompted policy changes at the Hampton VA Medical Center.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  3. Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post-traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury — conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams. Tim Brakemeier / AFP via Getty Images

    Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off

    Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post-traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury — conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  4. Autism therapy benefit to be analyzed for DoD

    The Defense Department has hired Rand Corp. to analyze its autism therapy benefit to determine whether the level of coverage is appropriate and how well it stacks up against private insurers.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  5. Glen Grippen VA

    VA names new director for Phoenix medical center

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has named longtime administrator Glen Grippen as the third interim executive to oversee the Phoenix VA Health Care System since it became the hub of a national crisis over mismanagement and delayed care.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  6. Some veterans to receive health care 'choice cards' this week

    Veterans Affairs Department 'choice cards' will arrive in some veterans' mailboxes this week, allowing them to seek out private medical care and have VA pick up the bill.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  7. DoD proposes consolidating Tricare regions into two

    The Defense Health Agency is proposing to cut the number of Tricare regions from three to two, a cost-savings plan that would sharply increase competition for the next round of lucrative Pentagon health care contracts.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  8. A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center. Nick Oze/The Arizona Republic

    E-mails: VA secretary sought changes in Phoenix report

    A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  9. A soldier from a U.S. Army Fox Chemical Reconnaissance team of the Tenth Cavalry Division stands up wind at a distance determined safe by his superior officer, at a site containing suspicious drums full of unknown liquid, outside Baiji, Iraq, April 28, 2003. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    DoD to monitor troops exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons

    The Defense Department will provide medical assessments and health surveillance for troops and veterans exposed to chemical agents during the 2003-2011 Iraq War who may not have received proper treatment, senior officials said.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  10. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  11. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  12. Helena Perry of Avondale, Pa., continues receiving bills and correspondence for her late husband David's VA medical care. William H. McMichael/The (Wilmington, Del.) News J

    VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill

    It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  13. VA settles Pittsburgh Legionnaire's suit for $125K

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the son of a Marine veteran who died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at a Pittsburgh VA hospital.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  14. Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald said he's growing frustrated with continued attacks on why the director of the agency's Phoenix medical center — and dozens of other problem executives — still haven't been fired. Veterans Affairs Department

    VA secretary defends pace of disciplinary actions

    Critics of the Veterans Affairs Department want to know why the director of the agency's Phoenix medical center — and dozens of other problem executives — still haven't been fired.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  15. Tami Mielke, a lieutenant colonel in the South Dakota Air National Guard who suffered from PTSD after a deployment in Iraq in 2010, in her official portrait as Mission Support Group Commander. Air Force

    'Suicides are a problem in the Guard'

    Tami Mielke's decision to end her life raises serious questions about South Dakota's care of its emotionally wounded warriors.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  16. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, right, says the Military Health System Review released Oct. 1 by the Defense Department provided good feedback for military health officials. Staff Sgt. Ashley Bell / Army

    'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say

    The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  17. Tricare Help: TFL and skilled nursing home care

    Q. My father is an 82-year-old Korean War veteran and military retiree. He is in a skilled nursing home but has exhausted his Medicare coverage. He's very ill, with four compression fractures, liver cancer and dementia.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  18. Arkansas state VA seeks to change name

    The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  19. Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says

    Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  20. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  21. Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare

    Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  22. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee is heading a task force sponsored by Concerned Veterans of America with a goal of devising new solutions to help VA address some of its longstanding problems. Toyokazu Kosugi / AP

    Opinion: Helping VA do better

    In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  23. New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints

    Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  24. VA Secretary Bob McDonald held a town hall meeting with employees Oct. 9 at VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs

    Veterans Affairs secretary wooing medical students

    The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs made an impassioned recruitment pitch to medical school and nursing students at the University of Vermont on Monday, urging them to consider careers in the VA.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  25. Ohio VA employees got big bonuses

    A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio Veterans Affairs hospitals paid out nearly $6.5 million in bonuses to employees in the past year.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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