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  1. Erectile dysfunction diagnoses have increased in the U.S. military in the past decade, with the rate among troops more than doubling. Getty Images

    ED cases among troops double since 2004

    Erectile dysfunction diagnoses have skyrocketed in the U.S. military in the past decade, with the rate among troops more than doubling from 2004 to 2013.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Jordan Buisman died awaiting an appointment at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center KARE 11

    VA to investigate whether Marine's data was falsified

    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  6. Tricare Help: Are noncitizens with visas eligible for Tricare?

    A. If your wife and stepchild were deemed eligible for registration in DEERS, then they are fully eligible for Tricare coverage under your sponsorship.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  7. Tricare 'meeting the needs' of children, with some caveats

    A recent Defense Department report finds that the military health system is meeting the needs of its youngest beneficiaries but raises concerns that Pentagon officials don't have enough data or information in some areas to make a complete assessment on

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. Jordan Buisman died awaiting an appointment at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center KARE 11

    VA records show vet rescheduled appointment after death

    According to official medical records, a former Minnesota Marine apparently contacted the Minneapolis VA from his grave to cancel an existing appointment and reschedule it.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  9. Neurologic pain signature, a standard map that can be applied to individual people who may be experiencing pain. Tor Wagner/AP

    Report: Some causes of suicide in military need more study

    While the military has poured more money into suicide research than any other sector of American society in recent years, certain targets in dire need of study remain under-funded, according to a RAND Corp. report released Monday.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  11. Tricare Help: Tricare coverage on a vacation cruise

    Q. While my wife and I were on a vacation cruise, my wife fell during a shore excursion in Mexico. She was treated by the physician on the cruise ship for a hand fracture, a forehead laceration and a chest contusion.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. Kevlar for the Mind: Psychological fault lines of decision making

    One can argue that the hardest decision a political leader faces is sending men and women to war. In the U.S., this decision is limited to a very small but highly influential group of presidents and lawmakers.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Tricare Help: Sorting out health care at 65

    A. The answers actually begin with a tidbit that you mention in Question No. 5.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., from left, with Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin; Retired Medical Director Samuel Foote, of the Diamond Community-Based Outpatient Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration; and Medical Director Katherine Mitchell of the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration, testifies Wednesday during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on 'Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG's Final Report' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. Veterans Affairs acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, left, testifies Aug. 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Assistant Inspector General John Daigh is at right. AP

    Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control

    A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  17. 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
  18. Survey: 40 percent of wounded face problems getting VA care

    As a peer mentor for Wounded Warrior Project, Josh Renschler regularly helps severely injured veterans navigate the Veterans Affairs Department health care system.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  19. Feds respond to report on Minn. VA

    Sources say the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is flying an investigator to Minnesota next week to interview whistleblowers who told KARE 11 News they were pressured to falsify patient records at the Minneapolis VA medical cent

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  20. Suicides in first 3 months of year hold steady

    The Pentagon released its data on suicides among troops in the first quarter of 2014, showing that the Defense Department is holding steady in its battle against self-inflicted deaths.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  21. Security guards open a gate for motorist at the visitor entrance to Fort Lee, Va., on Aug. 25 after a female soldier with a gun turned the weapon on herself. Steve Helber / AP

    DoD: It takes only one person to stop a suicide

    Just six days before the start of Suicide Prevention Month in September, Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Walker, 33, barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, and, in what military leaders later described as '

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  22. Tricare Help: Philippines claims present problem

    Q. I'm a military retiree. My spouse and I have adopted two children in the Philippines who are registered as my dependents for Tricare eligibility purposes. The children recently became ill.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  23. Kevlar for the Mind: Bipolar disorder is serious and sometimes lethal

    The recent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought acute awareness to the effects of bipolar disorder, a chronic and persistent mental illness that wreaks emotional, physical and social havoc on millions of people each year.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  24. The Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs'  bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs

    With very few antibiotics in development at major pharmaceutical companies, the Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  25. Soldiers prepare slides with blood samples for testing during a training exercise. The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions. Dean Siemon / Army

    DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions

    The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
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