- Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review Updated: May-06-15 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.
- RI man under investigation for allegedly taking headstones Updated: May-06-15 10:14 am
EXETER, Rhode Island - Officials say a state employee who works at the Rhode Island Veterans' Memorial Cemetery is being investigated by an arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for taking discarded headstones estimated to be worth more than $80,000.
- Illinois medical marijuana approved for PTSD, osteoarthritis Updated: May-04-15 5:25 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois' new medical marijuana program would cover thousands, perhaps millions, more patients under expansive recommendations that an advisory board agreed to Monday.
- Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes Updated: May-04-15 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON - In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.
- Ohio vets' medical care to expand under Air Force, VA pact Updated: May-03-15 8:56 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - An agreement intended to help decrease wait times for veterans seeking medical care has been forged between Air Force and Veterans Affairs officials in Ohio.
- New Mexico veterans hired to prevent, fight wildfires Updated: May-03-15 3:41 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Several New Mexico military veterans are back on the field, but the only enemy they are fighting is fire.
- Massachusetts National Guard honors airmen killed on duty Updated: May-02-15 6:46 pm
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts - Barnes Air National Guard Base is holding a memorial service to honor the 13 members of its 104th Fighter Wing who have died on duty since 1948.
- Lack of interest, funding blamed for banquet postponement Updated: May-02-15 4:01 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A lack of interest has forced the organizers of a Kansas City banquet to honor members of the military and their families to postpone the inaugural event.
- VA's internal watchdog refused to investigate Aurora project Updated: May-01-15 1:01 pm
DENVER - While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog issued more than 1,500 reports between 2010 and 2014, not one focused on the agency's troubled hospital project in Aurora, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1QTVFsz ) reported Friday.
- Transgender army major wins victory in conservative Serbia Updated: May-01-15 6:23 am
BELGRADE, Serbia - In macho Serbia, he came across as macho as they come: an army major in a military culture that glorifies masculine strength. He was a perfect husband and father in a society that preaches family values. But for nearly his entire life, the major felt he was living a lie: Deep down, he was a woman.
- Inquiry says Canadian military culture is hostile to women Updated: Apr-30-15 7:52 pm
TORONTO - The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, and harassment and assault are often tolerated by senior officers, according to a report released Thursday.
- House rejects bid to let VA docs give advice on medical pot Updated: Apr-30-15 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House Thursday barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana to permit veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors.
- TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed Updated: Apr-30-15 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House has rejected a proposal to largely replace the military's TRICARE health care system, but has agreed to further study a proposal that would let service members participate in retirement savings plans like a 401(k).
- House defense bill - at odds with Obama, Iraq, sage grouse Updated: Apr-30-15 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A nearly $612 billion defense policy bill headed to the House floor is at odds with the White House, a Shiite cleric in Iraq, anyone who wants to bar lethal aid to Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-backed rebels - and a bird known for its strutting.
- House panel issues subpoena in Philadelphia VA probe Updated: Apr-30-15 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted Thursday to issue a subpoena of the Department of Veterans Affairs for personnel and complaint files at its Philadelphia office, part of an expanding probe into mishandling of veterans' disability and pensions claims.
- Johnson subpoenas VA inspector general for Tomah documents Updated: Apr-30-15 2:28 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he has subpoenaed the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General for information on an embattled medical center in Tomah.
- Wisconsin DA says VA has lagged in drug-dealing probe Updated: Apr-30-15 1:35 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Department of Veterans Affairs has moved too slowly in its investigation of interstate drug distribution, a Wisconsin district attorney said Thursday in a letter to the agency's secretary and members of Congress.
- SC's 1st female general retiring from Army National Guard Updated: Apr-30-15 4:06 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The first woman to become a general officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard is retiring after 37 years in uniform.
- Colorado Editorial Roundup Updated: Apr-29-15 6:47 pm
The Denver Post, April 27, on the bar for school lawsuits:
- Obama in Maryland to visit wounded troops at Walter Reed Updated: Apr-29-15 4:19 pm
BETHESDA, Maryland - President Barack Obama is spending part of his day visiting wounded military members.
- Few Vermont veterans switching to private doctors Updated: Apr-29-15 11:50 am
WINDSOR COUNTY, Vermont - A new program aimed at helping veterans who live far from a Veterans Affairs medical center isn't getting much use in Vermont.
- Woman arrested in Indiana for Hawaii death of soldier's wife Updated: Apr-27-15 4:44 pm
HONOLULU - A woman accused of stabbing a soldier's wife to death in Hawaii has been arrested in Indiana, the FBI said.
- Roanoke vet receives Purple Heart for Korean War wound Updated: Apr-27-15 2:06 am
SALEM, Virginia - An 85-year-old Roanoke veteran has received the Purple Heart six decades after he was wounded during the Korean War.
- Connecticut Navy base holds ceremony to honor military dog Updated: Apr-26-15 12:06 pm
GROTON, Connecticut - The Navy's submarine base in Groton is holding a ceremony Monday in honor of a military dog that died from illness this month after years of service.
- Ohio groups get nearly $1.9M to assist homeless veterans Updated: Apr-26-15 9:32 am
CINCINNATI - Eleven Ohio agencies will receive nearly $1.9 million to help homeless veterans find and maintain permanent housing.