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  1. An illustration of the neuromodulation device designed to restore memory, to be developed by the Restoring Active Memory program team at UCLA.

    Prosthetics for the brain could restore memory after TBI

    The Pentagon's research arm is exploring the development of brain implants that might one day reverse memory loss caused by traumatic brain injuries, the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Steven Maieli is the founder of, which highlights links to federal, state, for-profit and nonprofit veterans benefits and other resources. Since 2009, he has also maintained a personal blog, on transitioning veterans' issues. The son of a Vietnam veteran, Maieli served in the Air Force security forces from 1999 to 2003. After being honorably discharged, he used the Montgomery GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill and the New York State Veterans Tuition Award to earn a master's degree in school guidance counseling. He now works as a veterans employment specialist with the New York State Department of Labor. He was born and raised and still lives on Long Island, N.Y.
  1. Tricare Help: Can Tricare Reserve Select beneficiaries get care on post?

    • July 9, 2014

    Q. My husband is in the Army Reserve and we are enrolled in Tricare Reserve Select. I prefer to go to the Army hospital on post for emergency room …

  1. Kevlar for the Mind: Magnets, pulses among alternative PTSD treatments

    • July 9, 2014

    Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the most common psychiatric problems faced by service members and veterans. Although their …

  1. Consumer Watch: Comparing 'private label' prices takes time, but can save money

    • July 9, 2014

    When it comes to cheaper alternatives to name brands, commissaries' options run neck-and-neck with — and often beating — Wal-Mart's private label …

  1. VA to restructure medical inspector's office

    Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaking in Washington on June 18. Jose Luis Magana/The Associated Press
    • July 8, 2014

    The Veterans Affairs Department will reorganize its Office of the Medical Inspector following a scathing report that found officials downplayed …

  1. VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers

    Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 7th Corps huddle in a bunker in eastern Saudi Arabia with gas masks and chemical suits just after U.S. planes started bombing Iraq on Jan. 18, 1991. Peter Dejon/AP
    • July 8, 2014

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and …

  1. VA nominee Bob McDonald pledges more effective agency

    The nomination of former corporate CEO Bob McDonald to be the next VA secretary may be voted on before the Senate takes its August break. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press
    • July 7, 2014

    Last fall, at a leadership event at Abilene Christian University, former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald talked about how a West Point cadet prayer …

  1. Transforming the VA will be daunting task

    President Barack Obama is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and former Procter & Gamble exec Robert McDonald (right), Obama's nominee to get the scandal-plagued VA back on track. Dennis Brack/Getty Images
    • July 7, 2014

    It seems nearly every day there's more bad news about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and how it has treated those who served in the military.

  1. Veterans turn to American Legion in wake of VA scandal

    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
    • July 7, 2014

    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, …

  1. Doctor visit means hundreds of miles for some vets

    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
    • July 6, 2014

    For millions of veterans living in rural America, the challenges of accessing an overburdened and scandal-plagued health care system go beyond having …

  1. Young, active war wounded pushing medical science

    Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer grimaces June 10 as he grips a workout machine with a prosthetic arm and two fingers at the Wounded Warrior Hope & Care Center in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Meyer lost his right leg above the knee, his right hand above the wrist, and three fingers on his left hand while disarming a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011. The Naval Health Research Center is launching a major, six-year study on wounded warriors to track their quality of life and better understand the road to recovery. Gregory Bull / AP
    • July 6, 2014

    The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer's leg and hand.

  1. Pay panel appears wary of cutting compensation

    • July 5, 2014

    For years, the Pentagon's top brass has called for an overhaul of the entire military compensation system, claiming that the cost of troops' pay and …

  1. VA bonuses went to officials at delay-prone hospitals

    The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images
    • July 3, 2014

    More than $380,000 in bonuses were awarded last year to directors and top executives at 38 VA hospitals where investigators are looking into claims …

  1. VA official: Recruitment a challenge in Alaska

    • July 3, 2014

    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 …

  1. Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

    • July 3, 2014

    A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria — 500 yards from the emergency room — died after waiting 30 minutes for …

  1. Veteran asks for courtesy with holiday fireworks

    Veteran is spreading awareness and letting neighbors know about PTSD veterans and fireworks with this poster on the Military with PTSD Facebook page. Military with PTSD Facebook
    • July 3, 2014

    A reminder of war's lasting effect flashed across social media today as a photo of a veteran standing behind a sign expressing concerns about …

  1. New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

    Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, is a onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company. McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department. Charles Dharapak / AP
    • July 2, 2014

    A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the …

  1. VA medical inspector retires after scathing report

    • July 2, 2014

    The chief medical inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs has retired, following a report that his office downplayed whistleblower …

  1. When sexual harassment becomes sexual misconduct

    • July 2, 2014

    A. Troops can face stern punishments for sexually offensive comments, gestures and actions. But when such sexual misconduct impacts the workplace…

  1. About 500 attend patient town hall meetings

    • July 2, 2014

    Attendance has been uneven at patient town hall meetings conducted as part of an ongoing review of the military health system, but employee response …

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

    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
    • July 2, 2014

    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 …

  1. DoD seeks healthier food choices for troops

    Airmen chow down in the dining hall at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The Defense Department is in the midst of an initiative to provide healthier eating choices on military installations. Kemberly Groue/Air Force
    • July 2, 2014

    Concerns about the comparative scarcity of healthy food choices on military installations have led defense officials to launch a comprehensive study …

  1. DoD: Curbs on pay and benefits finally taking hold

    Outgoing Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale says members of Congress are becoming comfortable with reducing some military pays and benefits. Staff
    • July 1, 2014

    Despite stiff opposition in some quarters to cutting back on some military compensation programs, overall military personnel costs are in fact coming …

  1. Combat vets' use of painkillers troubling, researchers say

    • July 1, 2014

    A new study of an Army infantry brigade following an Afghanistan deployment finds that soldiers used opiate painkillers at three times the rate of …

  1. Spaces for pets to fly overseas fill up fast

    • July 1, 2014

    If you have a pet and are moving to or from an overseas location, remember that pet spaces on the Patriot Express fill up quickly in the summer …

  1. Document expenses for your PCS moves

    If the military doesn't reimburse you for some of your expenses, you may be able to claim them as deductions. Getty Images/iStockphoto
    • July 1, 2014

    Next tax season you'll be glad you kept tabs on your expenses during your permanent change-of-station move. First and foremost, save all moving …

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