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  1. 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
  2. Medical marijuana is placed on a scale. The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June. Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images

    Pot-for-PTSD researcher denied reinstatement

    The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. AFP

    Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill

    House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. The Veterans Affairs building in Washington, D.C. Karen Bleier / Getty Images

    Audit: VA manipulated vets' appointment records

    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

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

    Miller faces sales job on $17B VA bill in the House

    Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself including by stabbing himself in the stomach.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 25. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs

    While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  14. Marine vet says he was forgotten in VA clinic

    A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  15. 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
  16. U.S. soldiers patrol the city of Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in May 2003. Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP

    Study: Indirect link between combat and suicide risk

    One of the first comprehensive efforts to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges, according to a paper publ

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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