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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Report: Services for female veterans fall short

    The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  15. VA to unveil new standardized disability claims forms

    The Veterans Affairs Department is introducing new, standardized disability claims forms that officials say will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they're seeking from VA and provide the right information to pr

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  16. Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board

    A senior attorney at the Board of Veterans Appeals told lawmakers Wednesday that managers at the agency covered up delays in appeals processing and doctored records to protect their performance bonuses.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  17. VA Secretary Robert McDonald testifies before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Tuesday on a report about patient care delays at the VA's Phoenix medical center. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Investigations still open at 93 VA facilities

    The Veteran Affairs Department's review of the wait times scandal at its Phoenix facility is over, but lawmakers and investigators are promising that department officials will still face intense scrutiny and criticism in coming months.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  18. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department Monday, Sept. 8 in Washington, DC. Secretary McDonald shared stories of veterans he met across the country. He also outlined his key priorities to better serve veterans. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan

    SitRep video: Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said the recurring complaint he heard during a month-long listening tour across America is that his department's culture is still too closed and unfriendly.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  19. U.S. soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area during action in Vietnam in 1969. The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a diagnosable condition. National Archives / AFP

    DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD

    The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a dia

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  20. California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

    California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  21. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference a the Palo Alto VA Medical Center on Aug. 20 in Palo Alto, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press

    VA wait times have decreased, new data show

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced by half the number of veterans waiting more than three months to see a doctor since a scandal erupted at the agency in spring over delays in health care, according to data released Thursday.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  22. Veterans Affairs Hospital in Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser

    Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient

    A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  23. Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans

    While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' progra

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  24. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new

    In his speech before the American Legion on Tuesday, President Obama touted new initiatives intended to improve mental health treatment and support for service members and veterans.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  25. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention

    The White House is unveiling a slate of executive actions Tuesday designed to ease troops' transition from military to civilian life and boost veterans medical-care options in the wake of scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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