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  1. 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. Pool / 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
  2. Vice President Biden greets members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 21 at the VFW National Convention in St. Louis. Robert Cohen / AP

    White House to launch new high-tech job training initiative for veterans

    New high-tech job training efforts being launched by the White House this week will include veteran-specific programs and placement efforts, Vice President Joe Biden told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention on Monday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill and her husband, Lendle, in front of the home they bought with a VA loan. Scott Schaefer

    Use your VA loan benefit

    After a tornado ripped through Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill's house in Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, she and her husband began the hunt for a new home, thinking they would go through their previous lender to get another VA home loan.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  4. Don't let ignorance of VA loan program blow your deal

    Some veterans are losing out when they make a bid for a house because the seller — or the seller's real estate agent — doesn't want to deal with a VA loan.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. The Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. Getty Images

    VA official 'sickened' by whistleblower retaliation

    The Veterans Affairs Department's second-ranking health official offered a blunt, harsh assessment of his department to Congress on Tuesday night: 'We failed in the trust America placed in us.'

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  17. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaking in Washington on June 18. Jose Luis Magana/The Associated Press

    VA to restructure medical inspector's office

    The Veterans Affairs Department will reorganize its Office of the Medical Inspector following a scathing report that found officials downplayed whistleblower complaints and failed to take seriously charges of deficient patient care at VA hospitals and cli

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  18. Navy veteran Rik Villarreal greets American Legion official Verna Jones on June 27 at the El Paso American Legion in El Paso, Texas. The American Legion is hosting crisis centers in different cities to help veterans get doctor's appointments and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Juan Carlos LLorca / AP

    Veterans turn to American Legion in wake of VA scandal

    A counselor at the local Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic violence and abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she would not be able to see a psychologist.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  19. Vietnam veteran and Veterans Affairs Department volunteer Durward Forbes of Alamogordo, N.M., discusses the challenges of transporting veterans hundreds of miles from Otero County to medical appointments in Albuquerque. With one quarter of the nation's 22 million veterans living in rural areas, transportation adds another dimension to the health care problems faced by the Veterans Affairs Department, which has come under fire for secret waiting lists, delayed care and mismanagement. Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

    Doctor visit means hundreds of miles for some vets

    For millions of veterans living in rural America, the challenges of accessing an overburdened and scandal-plagued health care system go beyond having to wait months to land an appointment.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
  20. VA official: Recruitment a challenge in Alaska

    The chief of staff for the Alaska Veterans Affairs Health Care System said Thursday that recruitment of doctors and nurses is one of the biggest challenges the system faces.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  21. VA medical inspector retires after scathing report

    The chief medical inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs has retired, following a report that his office downplayed whistleblower complaints that identified 'a troubling pattern of deficient patient care' at VA facilities around the country.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  22. Dr. Robert Miller sits in an exam room at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Miller believes the high rates of respiratory and neurological ailments among U.S. troops are a result of the inhalation of microscopic dust particles in Iraq, which have been found to be laden with toxic metals, bacteria and fungi. Maxine Park / USA Today

    New VA burn-pit site 'crashes all the time'

    Veterans Affairs officials this week took down then relaunched a balky new website for veterans who may have been exposed to waste burn pits, but some veterans say they still can't sign up.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  23. President Obama speaks at the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 30 in Washington to announce he will nominates former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, right, as the next Veterans Affairs secretary. Charles Dharapak / AP

    White House nominates McDonald to lead VA

    President Obama on Monday nominated former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald to serve as the eighth Veterans Affairs secretary — a move that puts an experienced corporate manager at the helm of the beleaguered department.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  24. Investigators probe whistleblower retaliation claims

    A New York nursing supervisor who objected to the use of restraints on an unstable patient by Veterans Affairs Department doctors says she has endured months of retaliation from local officials for that single act of whistleblowing.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  25. A sign in front of the Veterans Affairs building in Washington. Karen Bleier / Getty Images

    2 more VA officials resign

    Two more high-ranking Veterans Affairs officials announced plans to step down from their leadership roles Wednesday, the latest personnel overhaul for an embattled department already lacking multiple top administrators.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
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