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  1. If confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald promised dramatic moves within his first 90 days on the job. Pool / Getty Images

    VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved'

    At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. U.S. soldiers patrol the city of Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in May 2003. Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP

    Study: Indirect link between combat and suicide risk

    One of the first comprehensive efforts to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges, according to a paper publ

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. DoD still hasn't released final 2013 suicide numbers

    In 2012, the U.S. military hit a record for the number of suicides among troops on active duty 319 since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  4. Experts: Use behavioral therapy before meds for sleep issues

    Doctors and experts at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center want health care providers to try treating sleep disorders caused by traumatic brain injury with some common sense such as a quiet bedroom and staying away from coffee or energy drinks at

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  5. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson talks to reporters July 17 at the Albuquerque, N.M., VA hospital. Roberto E. Rosales / AP

    VA secretary: Albuquerque staff acted properly in vet's death

    Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Thursday that staffers at Albuquerque's VA hospital responded properly when a veteran died after collapsing in the medical center's cafeteria.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  6. Tricare Help: Part B enrollment required for over-65 crowd

    Q. I am retired from the Air National Guard, enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and using Tricare for Life.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  7. In his first formal appearance on Capitol Hill, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson, left, told senators July 16 that he wants to hire 10,000 more clinicians and take other bold steps to restore veterans' faith in the VA. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    VA asks for $18B to hire medical staff, lease space

    Veterans Affairs Department officials want nearly $18 billion more in funding over the next three years to hire more clinicians, lease more space and cut down on wait times for medical appointments.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  8. An HH-60M from the10th Combat Aviation Brigade makes its approach at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Logar province, Afghanistan, in 2013. Higher rates of in-hospital deaths are likely the result of improved care by battalion medics and corpsmen and rapid evacuations that ensured the seriously injured quickly reached a combat hospital. Army

    Study: New combat treatment guidelines saved troops' lives

    New procedures to treat massive blood loss from combat injuries are saving lives, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  9. Derek Herrera walks using his ReWalk ExoSkeleton. The $69,500 device has a top speed of 1.3 mph. Courtesy of Derek Herrera

    Marine paralyzed by sniper's bullet walks with use of exoskeleton

    Like any active 30-year-old, Marine Capt.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  10. Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate. Rachel Larue / Army

    Senate panel proposes ending tobacco discounts

    Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate on Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  11. Tricare to pay for some lab-developed tests in pilot program

    The Defense Health Agency is launching a pilot program Friday that will allow Tricare to pay for some medical tests developed by laboratories.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  12. Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs, testifies before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Cliff Owen / AP

    VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made 'tremendous progress' in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  13. Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans

    The federal agency responsible for caring for America's veterans, already mired in scandal over delays in health care, continues struggling with another major responsibility of paying compensation to those injured, wounded or who grew ill from service in

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  14. An illustration of the neuromodulation device designed to restore memory, to be developed by the Restoring Active Memory program team at UCLA. Courtesy UCLA

    Prosthetics for the brain could restore memory after TBI

    The Pentagon's research arm is exploring the development of brain implants that might one day reverse memory loss caused by traumatic brain injuries, the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  15. The entrance to the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., is seen July 3. Russell Contreras / The Associated Press

    911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet

    Newly released 911 tapes reveal the efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  16. Retired Army Sgt. Josh Renschler said veterans need a health care system that truly serves them, 'not one that requires the veteran to accommodate the system.' Photos by Mike Morones/Staff

    VA health care failed suicidal vets, families testify

    In March 2011, former Marine Clay Hunt faced a life full of promise. Having survived a gunshot wound and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he traveled to Haiti to do humanitarian work, had a new job and was shopping for a truck.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  17. Lawmakers propose bill to improve VA suicide prevention care

    House lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation they say would improve suicide prevention at the Veterans Affairs Department and bring together former service members needing help.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  18. Retired Navy doctor named to interim VA post

    The Veterans Affairs Department has named a career Navy doctor to serve as interim director of its Office of the Medical Inspector.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  19. Military caregiver webinar set for Thursday

    Military caregivers, who often need to find additional employment to support their families, may face the risk of job discrimination because of their family responsibilities in caring for their wounded, ill or injured service member.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  20. Tricare Help: Can Tricare Reserve Select beneficiaries get care on post?

    Q. My husband is in the Army Reserve and we are enrolled in Tricare Reserve Select. I prefer to go to the Army hospital on post for emergency room and OB-GYN visits.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  21. No joke: The Army has used gobs of mashed potatoes in seeking better detection methods for foodborne pathogens. Army

    Latest food-safety effort starts with mashed potatoes

    What began as a line of defense against biological warfare has been unleashed on unsuspecting victims in an Army laboratory 150 mashed potatoes, to be exact.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  22. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaking in Washington on June 18. Jose Luis Magana/The Associated Press

    VA to restructure medical inspector's office

    The Veterans Affairs Department will reorganize its Office of the Medical Inspector following a scathing report that found officials downplayed whistleblower complaints and failed to take seriously charges of deficient patient care at VA hospitals and cli

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  23. Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 7th Corps huddle in a bunker in eastern Saudi Arabia with gas masks and chemical suits just after U.S. planes started bombing Iraq on Jan. 18, 1991. Peter Dejon/AP

    VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines presumptive conditions for Gulf War veterans.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  24. President Barack Obama is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and former Procter & Gamble exec Robert McDonald (right), Obama's nominee to get the scandal-plagued VA back on track. Dennis Brack/Getty Images

    Transforming the VA will be daunting task

    It seems nearly every day there's more bad news about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and how it has treated those who served in the military.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  25. Navy veteran Rik Villarreal greets American Legion official Verna Jones on June 27 at the El Paso American Legion in El Paso, Texas. The American Legion is hosting crisis centers in different cities to help veterans get doctor's appointments and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Juan Carlos LLorca / AP

    Veterans turn to American Legion in wake of VA scandal

    A counselor at the local Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic violence and abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she would not be able to see a psychologist.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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