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  1. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Key senator opposes commissary budget cut

    The chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee strongly opposes a Pentagon plan to cut funding for commissaries, another signal that the drastic $1 billion proposed reduction will not survive the congressional budget process.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  2. Tricare Help: It will cover some co-pays for other insurance

    Q. I'm a retiree who is eligible for Tricare but has other health insurance, to which Tricare acts as second payer.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  3. Some Vietnam vets with PTSD fight for benefits

    George Siders remembers his first enemy kill like it happened yesterday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Max Sanchez, a war veteran, says going bare at a nearby clothing-optional community helps him deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WTSP-TV

    Fla. veteran treats PTSD by going nude

    Every year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, but for some a doctor's office just isn't enough.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  6. Small study finds problem in Gulf War vets' cell function

    A minuscule study of cell function in veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War could have widespread impact on future research into Gulf War illness.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  7. Military caregivers — spouses, parents and friends who assist severely injured service members with complex, chronic conditions and mental health issues — need more support themselves, a new study says. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Caregivers for post-9/11 vets need more help, study finds

    More than 1 million Americans provide care and support for injured or ill Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans, and they often do so at great personal sacrifice, facing social isolation, income loss and poor health, according to a new study.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  8. VA doesn't track tissue used in surgeries, GAO says

    Veterans Affairs Department officials used tens of thousands of biological implants in surgeries last year, but they can't fully account for their safety, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  9. After guardsman son's suicide, parents work to save others

    Former Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Somers served as a turret gunner and tactical human intelligence team member during two deployments to Iraq.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  10. VA: Treatment delays may have led to 23 cancer deaths

    Delays in cancer treatment consultations may have played a role in the deaths of 23 veterans and compromised the health of 53 others, according to an internal review released this week by the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  11. Thomas Brady, the new director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, says his experience as a soldier with children in DoDEA schools — as well as his experience as a base commander communicating with the local school district on behalf of parents — will help inform his decision-making. Tara Parekh/Defense Department

    New DoDEA chief has a military parent's perspective

    As a retired Army colonel, Thomas Brady brings a unique perspective to his new role as director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which operates 191 schools for military children around the world.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  12. Army Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas April 2, before killing himself. AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez

    Army to delve into Fort Hood gunman's medical history

    The Army will deconstruct Spc. Ivan Lopez's medical history to determine if there were holes in his treatment or whether the service needs to change current policies or programs geared toward helping soldiers with psychiatric conditions.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  13. Military playing catch-up on PTSD

    Even as a soldier diagnosed with mental illness opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, a river of troubled veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars keeps flowing out of the military, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  14. 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
  15. Tricare Help: MTFs can help arrange care when retirees go overseas

    A. U.S.-based Tricare beneficiaries who need medical care while traveling overseas should first contact the nearest U.S. military treatment facility. A list of overseas MTFs is at:

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  16. Consumer Watch: Protect yourself from unscrupulous debt collectors

    In the military community, some creditors have long used deceptive and aggressive tactics against service members and their families. Now we're getting a picture of the scope of that problem.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  17. Maine wants recognition of Agent Orange exposure

    Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange at a military base in Canada.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  18. Sailors participate in a morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) sponsored dodge ball league in the hangar bay aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). MCS Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Commissary cuts could hurt MWR programs

    Proposed cuts in commissary funding not only would drive shoppers away because their grocery prices would rise, but also could have a 'devastating' ripple effect on base morale, welfare and recreation programs, advocates said.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  19. VA notes new low in backlogged claims

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

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  20. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during a March 31 press conference at the Pentagon. Hagel said that he supports a forcewide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that he supports a forcewide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
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