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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify

    A backlog of personal vehicle shipments in U.S. Customs has been 'significantly reduced and is very near to normal clearance timelines,' according to the new contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  5. Proposed online AAFES shopping for vets inches forward

    The tide may be turning in the effort to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at the online store operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  6. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  7. Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare

    Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  8. Kevlar for the Mind: Guided imagery may reduce anxiety

    Research efforts directed at alleviating post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and other psychological ills of war are improving the lives of countless service members and veterans, and advances in cognitive, behavioral and medication therapies are g

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Consumer Watch: Save money this holiday season

    It's hard to believe, but it's time to start easing into holiday shopping mode.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  9. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee is heading a task force sponsored by Concerned Veterans of America with a goal of devising new solutions to help VA address some of its longstanding problems. Toyokazu Kosugi / AP

    Opinion: Helping VA do better

    In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  10. New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints

    Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Ohio VA employees got big bonuses

    A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio Veterans Affairs hospitals paid out nearly $6.5 million in bonuses to employees in the past year.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  14. Autism therapy reimbursements won't change for now

    The Pentagon is postponing a plan to cut reimbursements for autism therapy provided under the Tricare health program.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  15. Report: DoD should review Tricare rules on compounded medications

    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. 10, 2014
  16. 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
  17. Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group set up tents for a 25-bed hospital to aid Liberian health workers infected with Ebola on October 8 near Monrovia, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    Troops fighting Ebola will earn up to $400 extra per month

    U.S. troops deploying to West Africa for the Ebola mission could earn up to $400 a month in special pays, according to Defense Department officials.

    • Oct. 9, 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. 6 military-related charities join Combined Federal Campaign

    Six charities that serve the military community in a variety of ways from providing legal services to veterans seeking federal benefits, to linking pets with troops and veterans have joined the two military-related charity federations under this year'

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  21. 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
  22. A Wounded Warrior Project program helped Matthew Keil take care of his children at home when his wife, Tracy, was hospitalized briefly. Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press

    Trust offers peace of mind to seriously wounded, caregivers

    Each week, retired Army National Guard Sgt.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  23. Shielding troops from high interest rates may help DoD

    Giving troops more protections against high-cost debt could save the Defense Department between $13 million and $137 million per year because it would reduce the number of troops involuntarily separated over financial problems, according to DoD estimates.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  24. Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks during a news conference during a visit to a Denver veterans hospital on Aug. 6. The Veterans Affairs Department is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays, Gibson said Monday. Brennan Linsley / AP

    VA moves to ax 4 senior execs in scandal response

    The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
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