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  1. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., right, and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hold a news conference July 28 to announce that the two committees have struck a deal to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. The measure passed Wednesday 420-5 in the House and 91-3 in the Senate on Thursday. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    $16.3B VA reform bill passes Senate 91-3; Obama expected to sign

    The Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs reform bill on Thursday night, sending the measure to the White House and giving Congress a legislative victory before the start of its summer break.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  2. U.S. Family Health Plan too costly, watchdog report says

    A popular health care program that serves more than 130,000 military family members and retirees is redundant and should be eliminated, the Government Accountability Office says.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  3. Tricare specifics on infertility coverage

    A. Tricare is picky about what it will and will not cover in this area.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  4. IG: Services contribute to delays in processing VA claims

    Veterans wait months longer than necessary to have their veterans disability benefits processed because of delays in how military officials handle service medical records, according to an audit released Thursday by the Defense Department Inspector General

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  5. Tricare Help: Preauthorization and 'medical necessity'

    Q. We're an active-duty family on Tricare Prime. Our dependent daughter received a referral for surgery.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  6. Where would new VA medical facilities be located?

    Several new Veterans Affairs medical facilities would be opened if a House-Senate compromise bill designed to shorten delays in treating veterans becomes law.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  7. The Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix on May 17. Matt York/The Associated Press

    House approves VA health care overhaul

    The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  8. Groups sue VA over rules on PTSD claims for sexual trauma

    Two advocacy groups are suing the Veterans Affairs Department for what they say are the department's discriminatory practices regarding compensation claims related to service-connected sexual assault.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  9. Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA Today. Ross D. Franklin / AP

    VA manipulated vets' appointment data, audit finds

    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  10. VA seeks to improve services, care for female vets

    The rising ranks of servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has changed the nature of care needed at the Veterans Affairs Department — but the system has yet to fully adapt, advocates say.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  11. Robert McDonald holds up a copy of the Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework while testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary

    It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald — and there will be no honeymoon.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  12. Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a July 28 news conference on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    VA reform bill to get vote this week

    In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. Survey provides insight into newest generation of combat troops

    More than half of post-9/11 combat veterans say they have a mental health condition, but three-fourths report they are getting care, according to a new survey of young veterans conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee to outline his actions for restoring trust to the beleaguered agency. The Associated Press

    VA reform bills stalled by partisan bickering

    Plans for a comprehensive Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that appeared all but finished a month ago devolved into partisan bickering and funding fights on Thursday, casting doubt on the future of a deal.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  15. Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  16. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., , speaks to reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise

    A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  17. Iraq War veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Trevor Jones/AP

    Vet cited for therapy ducks will get day in court despite fine being paid

    An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is getting his day in court after being cited for violating an Ohio village ban, even though someone else already paid his fine.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  18. 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. 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
  19. Vice President Biden greets members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 21 at the VFW National Convention in St. Louis. Robert Cohen / AP

    White House to launch new high-tech job training initiative for veterans

    New high-tech job training efforts being launched by the White House this week will include veteran-specific programs and placement efforts, Vice President Joe Biden told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention on Monday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  20. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill and her husband, Lendle, in front of the home they bought with a VA loan. Scott Schaefer

    Use your VA loan benefit

    After a tornado ripped through Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill's house in Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, she and her husband began the hunt for a new home, thinking they would go through their previous lender to get another VA home loan.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  21. Don't let ignorance of VA loan program blow your deal

    Some veterans are losing out when they make a bid for a house because the seller — or the seller's real estate agent — doesn't want to deal with a VA loan.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  22. Michael Sulsona, a Vietnam War veteran who lost both legs to a land mine 40 years ago, poses with a 'thank you' sign Tuesday while seated in his new wheelchair at home in Staten Island, N.Y. The 62-year-old Vietnam veteran said he petitioned the VA for a new chair two years ago and received no reply. Then his wheelchair broke last week. Three Lowe's employees stayed late after their 10 p.m. closing time to do the repair, for free. Frieda Sulsona / AP

    VA a no-show; store workers fix vet's wheelchair

    What the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his broken wheelchair.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  23. 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
  24. Texas veteran housing assistance delayed by paperwork

    Some Houston veterans say they've been sleeping on the streets or in shelters due to a disagreement between federal and local officials over housing assistance vouchers.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  25. 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
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