- Large call center for veterans to open in Jefferson Updated: Aug-31-15 5:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State officials say an Arizona-based health-care company has picked Jefferson Parish as the location for a multi-regional call center for its work contacting veterans in need of care.
- VA health officials say New Mexico patients wait times down Updated: Aug-30-15 5:10 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Wait times for medical appointments and disability claims have improved for New Mexico veterans, according to the heads of agencies that provide health care and disability benefits.
- Sailor shot overseas is keen to redeploy Updated: Aug-30-15 8:08 am
HONOLULU - Navy Senior Chief Raina Hockenberry was a couple of paces behind Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene on a visit to an Afghan military academy near Kabul when the bullets started to fly.
- Veterans with PTSD praise audio-therapy results Updated: Aug-29-15 1:54 am
SARASOTA, Florida - On March 23, 1994, as it made its approach to Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, the nose of an F-16 clipped the right rear elevator of a C-130 in mid-air. Although the stricken transport managed to circle around for a safe landing, the jet fighter crew had to eject as their doomed plane, on full afterburner, hurtled toward the base.
- Daugaard declares veterans day at state fair in September Updated: Aug-28-15 2:58 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a veterans day at the State Fair in September and is asking state residents to honor the men and women who fought for freedom.
- Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times Updated: Aug-27-15 6:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on average.
- Feds: Connecticut ended chronic homelessness among veterans Updated: Aug-27-15 5:32 pm
NEWINGTON, Connecticut - The federal government has declared Connecticut the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among veterans, officials announced Thursday.
- Tomah VA Medical Center halting psychiatric services Updated: Aug-27-15 11:22 am
TOMAH, Wisconsin - The troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center is making several changes related to its psychiatric and emergency services to address staffing shortages.
- Couple, 67 and 63, plead to VA benefits theft, conspiracy Updated: Aug-26-15 6:11 am
ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana - A former Concordia Parish couple has pleaded guilty in a scheme to steal veterans' benefits, federal prosecutors say.
- NY doctors' group wants veterans hospitals in drug database Updated: Aug-26-15 3:04 am
ALBANY, New York - A New York doctors' group is urging that Veterans Administration hospitals and medical facilities join the new statewide database intended to prevent patients from getting excess painkiller prescriptions by shopping among multiple physicians.
- Oregon guardsman who helped stop train attack to be honored Updated: Aug-25-15 11:10 pm
WASHINGTON - Aleksander Skarlatos, one of three Americans who subdued a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train, will be awarded one of the U.S. Army's highest honors.
- Alaska veterans say reformed VA hurting, not helping Updated: Aug-25-15 7:44 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A 2014 law to reform the Veterans Administration health care system has only made things worse in Alaska, according to veterans testifying Monday at a congressional listening session in Fairbanks.
- Jeb Bush to hold veterans' town hall in Colorado Updated: Aug-25-15 5:03 am
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is holding a veterans' town hall in Colorado.
- VA says claims backlog cut below 100,000 cases Updated: Aug-24-15 6:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it now has fewer than 100,000 disability claims older than four months, a "historic milestone" that is one-sixth the size of a long-term backlog that reached a record 611,000 claims in 2013.
- Kentucky commission receives $600K defense agency grant Updated: Aug-24-15 5:05 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs has won a grant of more than $600,000 to look into defense-related economic development opportunities.
- University repays VA nearly $150K for benefits' overpayment Updated: Aug-23-15 12:55 pm
ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina - Elizabeth City State University has repaid the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nearly $150,000 for overpayment of veterans' benefits after a VA audit found the school miscalculated or incorrectly reported those benefits in more than 100 instances.
- 1st enlisted women picked for submarines starting training Updated: Aug-23-15 11:52 am
GROTON, Connecticut - The first four of 38 enlisted women picked to serve on Navy submarines are starting their training at Basic Enlisted Submarine School at Groton on Monday.
- New Hampshire delegation members to host forum for veterans Updated: Aug-23-15 11:38 am
BERLIN, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's two U.S. senators and a congresswoman are hosting a forum for veterans about the Veterans Choice program and two new veterans' health clinics in the North Country.
- Some Illinois health systems say no to medical marijuana Updated: Aug-22-15 10:57 am
CHICAGO - Patients must have a doctor's signature to buy medical marijuana in Illinois, but some health systems are forbidding doctors from putting pen to paper because the drug is still illegal at the federal level.
- New Army chief ponders momentous decision on women in combat Updated: Aug-22-15 3:25 am
FORT BENNING, Georgia - The Army's new chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, is taking a calculated approach to arguably the most consequential decision of his early tenure - whether to recommend that any all-male combat roles remain closed to women.
- Some of original Montford Point Marines honored Updated: Aug-21-15 9:43 am
JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina - Six Montford Point Marines have been honored in a ceremony at Camp Johnson near Jacksonville.
- New VA building going up in Florence Updated: Aug-21-15 8:49 am
FLORENCE, South Carolina - A new Veterans Affairs Administration building is going up in Florence.
- School district won't allow military names on sports jerseys Updated: Aug-20-15 3:55 pm
FORT COLLINS, Colorado - The Poudre School District in northern Colorado has denied a request from the Fossil Ridge High School football team to individually honor fallen members of the U.S. armed forces by putting their names on the back of their jerseys, saying the district is worried it could open the door to similar requests for other causes.
- The Latest: Ranger grad says she didn't consider quitting Updated: Aug-20-15 3:23 pm
FORT BENNING, Georgia - The latest on the first female Army soldiers to complete the military's elite Ranger School (all times local):
- 2 Filipino coast guard men escape from Abu Sayyaf extremists Updated: Aug-20-15 2:07 am
MANILA, Philippines - Two Philippine coast guard personnel who were threatened with beheading escaped from their Abu Sayyaf extremist captors when hundreds of troops stormed the militants' jungle base in the country's south, military officials said Thursday.