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  1. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new

    In his speech before the American Legion on Tuesday, President Obama touted new initiatives intended to improve mental health treatment and support for service members and veterans.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  2. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention

    The White House is unveiling a slate of executive actions Tuesday designed to ease troops' transition from military to civilian life and boost veterans medical-care options in the wake of scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA

    A scathing report looking into care delay problems at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health system recommends an overhaul in scheduling practices, better training and oversight for all employees, and possible firing of numerous system leaders as starting po

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  3. People walk past a homeless veteran in Hollywood, California, in 2012. Data from the Department Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time count of homeless Americans showed 8,000 fewer homeless vets since the 2013 count. Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images

    HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop

    The number of homeless veterans dropped under 50,000 last year, the fourth consecutive year of decreases since White House officials refocused efforts on getting that population into stable housing.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  4. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Department of Veterans Affairs

    No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says

    Veterans Affairs leaders say they're relieved that investigators have found no evidence of patient deaths connected to serious medical appointment delay problems at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, but said the months-long review still points to numerou

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  5. VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story

    Seven years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  6. UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers

    Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of The UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES o

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  7. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says change at the VA is imminent amid Congress' oversight, media coverage and veteran outrage. Emmanuel Lozano/The Arizona Republic

    McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?

    More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  8. Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders

    An Army Reserve doctor and nationally recognized trauma surgeon is pressing for broader availability of tourniquets — in the pockets of every U.S. first responder and staged alongside portable defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and elsewhere.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  9. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. Tricare Help: The many shades of Tricare eligibility

    A. Assuming your daughter's military sponsor remains eligible for Tricare, and assuming she remains unmarried, then the answer is yes. As long as she remains a legal military dependent and single, she remains eligible for Tricare.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. Consumer Watch: For vets, it pays to shop around for life insurance

    A 75-year-old veteran wrote in to express frustration that rates for Veterans' Group Life Insurance increased in July for those 70 and older, noting that it's hard to find comparable private-sector coverage at that age.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  12. Kevlar for the Mind: Anxiety can have big impact on quality of life

    Anxiety is as much a part of the American culture as cable TV, fast food and overpriced sneakers. The military, as a microcosm of the larger society, is certainly not immune.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  13. Military kids' education may turn on 2 studies

    Two studies that could affect the future of military children's education are in their final stages, officials said.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  14. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  15. Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger

    An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  16. Last state adopts military kids education compact

    New York has become the last state to adopt the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, an agreement that aims to smooth out administrative issues involved in moving from one school district to another.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  17. DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare

    The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  18. Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house

    Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  19. VA backlog grew despite online application program

    The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  20. Mike Simester stands next to his tractor on his 10-acre farm in Muscatime, Iowa. Gannett

    Veterans look to farming to grow and heal

    Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  21. Eielson AFB housing provider rejects borough tax deal

    A private company that recently took over management of housing on Eielson Air Force Base has rejected a deal that would have reduced its property tax bill.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  22. A soldier and a contractor agent inspect the soldier's car at a processing center. The Defense Department is working with its new vehicle shipping contractor to resolve a growing number of complaints about shipment delays. Defense Department

    TRANSCOM deploys teams to sort out vehicle shipment problems

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has ordered survey teams into the field to verify the location of every service member's vehicle that is in transit in an effort to restore confidence in the government's shipping process for privately-owned vehicles.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  23. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Veterans Affairs

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to say how many people were being fired and who they were.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  24. Experts concerned about discrepancies in old, new PTSD criteria

    Changes to the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder made in 2013 provide flexibility for new PTSD diagnoses in troops, but leave out some who would have been diagnosed with PTSD under the old standards, according to a new study published

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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