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  1. 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
  2. A retired service member uses an ATM on a military installation. Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett / Air Force

    Report: On-base banks, credit unions should offer more info online

    Service members need more information and protection from banks and credit unions that operate on military installations, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
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    Veteran's canceled appointment drips with irony

    In October, Army Reserve Maj. Leslie Haines walked into the Fort Wayne campus of the Northern Indiana VA Health Care System for her regularly scheduled appointment at the PTSD clinic.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Vehicle shipper still at odds with subcontractor

    A month after the end of the peak moving season, troubles continue for International Auto Logistics, the new contractor that is responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  9. Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  12. 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
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    Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches

    Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive

    If you're a member of the military community, you know all too well the variety of struggles that the lifestyle can bring.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. 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
  18. 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
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    Free financial checkup for active-duty families

    Wondering whether you're on the right track financially? Will you be able to meet your goal of buying your dream truck, putting your kids through college, living comfortably in retirement, or all of the above?

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
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