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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Summer 2014 catalog. AAFES

    Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says

    Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action

    Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter that a vote on the The Putting Veterans First Act was 'the right thing for our veterans.' The Associated Press

    Senate to vote on advance funding for VA

    When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, hosts the 'Return The Service' segment of 'Take Part Live.' Courtesy of Participant Media

    Meghan McCain shares veterans' stories on air

    Meghan McCain wants America to know about the issues veterans face and the skills veterans possess that can make them top performers at any business.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  8. Former Lance Cpl. Matt Elhinney, who wrote a viral post about being shot in Afghanistan, is using social media to encourage Veterans Affairs reform. YouTube screengrab

    Injured Marine uses viral posts to promote VA reform

    Many are likely to view getting shot as the worst thing a person could experience, but former Lance Cpl. Matt McElhinney said getting turned over to Veterans Affairs care has been more painful than anything he experienced on the battlefield.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  9. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department has a number of existing programs and new initiatives in motion to help veterans in rural communities across the nation find careers and build small businesses in agriculture. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture

    Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  10. An exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008

    Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. 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
  12. TBI rehabilitation program extended

    The Veterans Affairs Department is broadening a small program designed to help veterans with moderate to severe brain injuries live their lives to their fullest.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  13. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an Iraq war veteran, is running for U.S. Senate. Danny Johnston / AP

    Fewer veterans running for congressional office

    The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  14. Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure

    A defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iraq

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  15. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington on Sept. 26. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    La. Gov. Jindal seeks reversal of budget cuts for military funerals

    Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans in Louisiana.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  16. 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
  17. Veterans talk with coaches to review their resumes prior to approaching recruiters and hiring managers from public and private sector companies during a career fair in 2012. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference

    The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  18. Military funeral funding cuts hit Minnesota vets

    Federal funding has been cut for honor guards at military funerals in Minnesota, leaving some people concerned that veterans will miss out on the graveside honor they have earned.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  19. Four Veterans Affairs senior executives being dismissed this month are the first to face the department's controversial new firing authorities, approved by Congress in July. VA leaders are also promising they won't be the last. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Scrutiny over latest VA firings likely just the start

    Four Veterans Affairs senior executives being dismissed this month are the first to face the department's controversial new firing authorities, approved by Congress in July.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  20. Tricare to stop mailing paper notification letters

    Starting this month, Tricare will stop mailing letters to patients notifying them of changes to their health coverage or eligibility for military health programs.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  21. In this watercolor illustration provided by the Veterans Disabled for Life Foundation, people stroll through the memorial for disabled veterans. The American Disabled for Life Memorial will be dedicated in Washington on Sunday. VDFL Foundation, Michael McCann/AP

    After heiress's push, D.C. memorial for disabled vets to be dedicated

    Lois Pope, heiress to the National Enquirer fortune, was a Broadway singer in the 1960s when she vowed to do something to help disabled veterans.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  22. Lars Ulrich of Metallica at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts. LEON NEAL / AFP/Getty Images

    Springsteen, Metallica, Rihanna booked for Veteran's Day 'Valor' concert

    Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica and Rihanna are among the artists booked for a televised live concert from the National Mall in Washington next month to raise awareness of issues concerning veterans.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  23. New program helps families of fallen access education benefits

    Even with hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarship money and education benefits available for spouses and children of fallen service members, many of those families struggle to pay for college because they don't know the benefits exist, or have trou

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  24. 13 projects to study pain treatment alternatives

    The federal government has awarded 13 grants worth up to a total $21.7 million over five years to examine alternatives to drugs for treating pain.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  25. Dr. Kenneth Stewart checks the teeth of veteran Tom Vaught, a client of the Reno, Nevada-based Adopt a Vet Dental Program, one of the winners in this year's Newman's Own Awards, which recognizes nonprofit groups that support the military and veterans' communities. Marilyn Newton / Reno Gazette-Journal

    Nonprofit groups honored for supporting troops, vets and families

    A housing facility that helps veterans with transition issues or addiction problems, a program that provides critical dental care to needy veterans, two programs that support military children, and an entrepreneurship 'boot camp' for veterans are this yea

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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