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  1. DoD still hasn't released final 2013 suicide numbers

    In 2012, the U.S. military hit a record for the number of suicides among troops on active duty — 319 — since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  2. Experts: Use behavioral therapy before meds for sleep issues

    Doctors and experts at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center want health care providers to try treating sleep disorders caused by traumatic brain injury with some common sense such as a quiet bedroom and staying away from coffee or energy drinks at

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Mission Family: Meeting loved ones at airport gate

    A decade after the Transportation Security Administration adopted a policy allowing airlines to issue gate passes to family members of troops arriving or departing for deployment, it's not always a clear-cut or easy process.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  6. Tricare Help: Part B enrollment required for over-65 crowd

    Q. I am retired from the Air National Guard, enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and using Tricare for Life.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  7. Ask the Lawyer: Ignorance of illegal drug can be defense

    A. As far as the Uniform Code of Military Justice is concerned, ignorance may be bliss — but only in certain specific circumstances.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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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    DoD testing child care online search tool

    A project is underway to allow military families to search online for military child care — and get placed on the waiting list — at their current duty station or next duty station.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  10. An HH-60M from the10th Combat Aviation Brigade makes its approach at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Logar province, Afghanistan, in 2013. Higher rates of in-hospital deaths are likely the result of improved care by battalion medics and corpsmen and rapid evacuations that ensured the seriously injured quickly reached a combat hospital. Army

    Study: New combat treatment guidelines saved troops' lives

    New procedures to treat massive blood loss from combat injuries are saving lives, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  11. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks July 10 on Capitol Hill. Evan Vucci / AP

    VA bill will get vote soon, panel chairman says

    The House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman expressed confidence Wednesday that the bill to fix problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs Department would be voted on before Congress leaves for its August recess.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  12. Derek Herrera walks using his ReWalk ExoSkeleton. The $69,500 device has a top speed of 1.3 mph. Courtesy of Derek Herrera

    Marine paralyzed by sniper's bullet walks with use of exoskeleton

    Like any active 30-year-old, Marine Capt.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  13. Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate. Rachel Larue / Army

    Senate panel proposes ending tobacco discounts

    Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate on Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  14. Tricare to pay for some lab-developed tests in pilot program

    The Defense Health Agency is launching a pilot program Friday that will allow Tricare to pay for some medical tests developed by laboratories.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  15. Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs, testifies before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Cliff Owen / AP

    VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made 'tremendous progress' in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  16. Veteran designation now available for Nebraska licenses

    Nebraska veterans now have the option to display their status on driver's licenses and state identification cards.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  17. Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans

    The federal agency responsible for caring for America's veterans, already mired in scandal over delays in health care, continues struggling with another major responsibility of paying compensation to those injured, wounded or who grew ill from service in

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  18. An illustration of the neuromodulation device designed to restore memory, to be developed by the Restoring Active Memory program team at UCLA. Courtesy UCLA

    Prosthetics for the brain could restore memory after TBI

    The Pentagon's research arm is exploring the development of brain implants that might one day reverse memory loss caused by traumatic brain injuries, the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  19. Army veteran Charlene Jorge poses in her office at the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission in Cleveland on Thursday. Mark Duncan/The Associated Press

    Time running out for some Ohio veterans' bonuses

    Veterans who served in Iraq during the war only have a few months left to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500, and state officials are expanding their efforts to reach potentially thousands of veterans who may miss out by not applying.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  20. Lawmakers hope to get VA reform bill back on track

    Now that the price tag for the Veterans Affairs Department reform bill has been slashed by about $120 billion over three years, lawmakers are hopeful the legislation can move ahead quickly.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  21. The entrance to the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., is seen July 3. Russell Contreras / The Associated Press

    911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet

    Newly released 911 tapes reveal the efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  22. Retired Army Sgt. Josh Renschler said veterans need a health care system that truly serves them, 'not one that requires the veteran to accommodate the system.' Photos by Mike Morones/Staff

    VA health care failed suicidal vets, families testify

    In March 2011, former Marine Clay Hunt faced a life full of promise. Having survived a gunshot wound and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he traveled to Haiti to do humanitarian work, had a new job and was shopping for a truck.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  23. Lawmakers propose bill to improve VA suicide prevention care

    House lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation they say would improve suicide prevention at the Veterans Affairs Department and bring together former service members needing help.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  24. Retired Navy doctor named to interim VA post

    The Veterans Affairs Department has named a career Navy doctor to serve as interim director of its Office of the Medical Inspector.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
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