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  1. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction

    Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. Anonymous online counseling for vets shows early success

    When they contracted with the Vets Prevail program late last year, Veterans Affairs Department officials hoped the Web-based mental health resource could enroll about 2,200 new veterans in its anonymous counseling over a year.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  5. White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers

    The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  6. Homeless vets in rural areas lack options, advocates say

    Housing advocates worry that veterans in rural America may be getting left behind in the national push to end homelessness.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  7. Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  8. A push from Speaker of the House John Boehner and a continued stream of scandals involving Veterans Affairs administrators has pushed legislation to ease the firing of department officials onto the fast track. Jim Watson / AFP

    Proposal would make it easier to fire VA officials

    A push from the Speaker of the House and a continued stream of scandals involving Veterans Affairs administrators has pushed legislation to ease the firing of department officials onto the fast track.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  9. VA notes new low in backlogged claims

    A backlog of about 350,000 disability claims doesn't sound like good news.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  10. Caregivers for veterans face hurdles, report finds

    An estimated 1.1 million Americans provide care for ailing or disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including parents and spouses whose cumulative efforts save taxpayers $3 billion each year, according to a RAND study released Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  11. Opinion: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt

    On Monday, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, a benefit that provides unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 with 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, is set to expire — possibly leaving a number of veterans seeking careers in high-dema

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  12. VA restores aid to homeless veterans

    The VA has reversed course in the face of complaints from community groups and a USA TODAY query and restored aid to potentially several thousand homeless veterans who otherwise could have been left on the streets.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  13. Senators weigh impact of proposed Tricare fee hikes

    Military advocacy groups appear divided over a Pentagon proposal to consolidate Tricare health programs, but all agree that active-duty families should not have to pay higher medical costs just because they don't live near a military hospital.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  14. Legion pushes VA to continue progress on claims

    The American Legion's national commander is happy with work Veterans Affairs Department officials have done on their disability claims and veteran outreach goals.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  15. Iraq War veteran Kristofer Goldsmith said that when he sought help from the Army for possible PTSD, he was given a general discharge rather than treatment. Courtesy of Kristofer Goldsmith

    Vets group calls for better suicide prevention services

    When Kristofer Goldsmith tried to kill himself six years ago, the Army responded by kicking him out of the military for misconduct.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  16. VA-DoD common records system may still be possible

    After being jilted again and again by the Pentagon in pursuit of a common digital health records system, the Veterans Affairs Department is hoping a new makeover will finally get its own system noticed — and perhaps get defense officials to commit to a lo

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  17. Post-9/11 veterans employment improves but still lags civilian rate

    Employment for the latest generation of veterans improved in 2013 but still lags well behind that of civilians, according to a new government report.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  18. Brandon Barnhart, 30, a third-semester student in the organic farming program for veterans at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., plants a seedling of lettuce in his wood-enclosed plot of organic vegetables. Woods, who spent eight years in the Air Force, has purchased a three-acre farm near West College Corner, Ind. Delaware Valley College developed the program in organic farming specifically for veterans. Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer

    Veterans learn organic farming in Pa. program

    With his burly physique and woolly beard, Brandon Barnhart looks every inch the laid-back country kid from tiny West College Corner, Ind.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  19. Scientific panel unable to come up with singular definition for Gulf War illness

    A scientific panel convened to define Gulf War illness for researchers and doctors who treat veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War failed to find a singular definition, saying a lack of evidence hampered that effort.

    • Mar. 12, 2014
  20. Bill would speed progress on claims backlog

    The backlog of benefits claims pending with the Veterans Affairs Department has dropped by almost half from this time last year, when it made headlines as a national embarrassment and an insult to the service of veterans.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  21. House to ask for autonomy for Gulf War Illness board

    The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is putting together legislation to give autonomy back to a Gulf War illness advisory committee that has been stripped of its independence over the past year.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  22. VFW to Congress: Scrap sequestration

    Veterans of Foreign Wars members have spent most of this week lobbying Congress on a fix for sequestration spending cuts, calling it their top legislative priority this year.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  23. Slight increase proposed in VA budget

    The Veterans Affairs Department would see another modest increase in spending under the White House fiscal 2015 budget proposal, with more money for homelessness efforts and aid for returning combat troops.

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  24. Vietnam veterans sue military over PTSD

    The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in stigma and loss of benefits, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  25. 'I thought that maybe, just maybe, the Senate could come together and do the right thing for our veterans. But, no,' said Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, after his veterans bill failed to advance. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Senate blocks huge vets benefits bill

    A massive veterans legislative package that would have expanded a host of post-military benefits was sidelined Thursday after Senate Democratic backers failed to find enough support among their Republican colleagues.

    • Feb. 27, 2014
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