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  1. Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, hosts the 'Return The Service' segment of 'Take Part Live.' Courtesy of Participant Media

    Meghan McCain shares veterans' stories on air

    Meghan McCain wants America to know about the issues veterans face and the skills veterans possess that can make them top performers at any business.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  2. Vehicle shipper still at odds with subcontractor

    A month after the end of the peak moving season, troubles continue for International Auto Logistics, the new contractor that is responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  4. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department has a number of existing programs and new initiatives in motion to help veterans in rural communities across the nation find careers and build small businesses in agriculture. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture

    Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  5. Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  6. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, right, says the Military Health System Review released Oct. 1 by the Defense Department provided good feedback for military health officials. Staff Sgt. Ashley Bell / Army

    'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say

    The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches

    Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  7. Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive

    If you're a member of the military community, you know all too well the variety of struggles that the lifestyle can bring.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. Tricare Help: TFL and skilled nursing home care

    Q. My father is an 82-year-old Korean War veteran and military retiree. He is in a skilled nursing home but has exhausted his Medicare coverage. He's very ill, with four compression fractures, liver cancer and dementia.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  9. An exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008

    Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. Arkansas state VA seeks to change name

    The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  12. TBI rehabilitation program extended

    The Veterans Affairs Department is broadening a small program designed to help veterans with moderate to severe brain injuries live their lives to their fullest.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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    Free financial checkup for active-duty families

    Wondering whether you're on the right track financially? Will you be able to meet your goal of buying your dream truck, putting your kids through college, living comfortably in retirement, or all of the above?

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  14. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an Iraq war veteran, is running for U.S. Senate. Danny Johnston / AP

    Fewer veterans running for congressional office

    The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  15. Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says

    Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  16. Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure

    A defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during the Iraq

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  17. Progress on car shipments difficult to measure, verify

    A backlog of personal vehicle shipments in U.S. Customs has been 'significantly reduced and is very near to normal clearance timelines,' according to the new contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  18. Proposed online AAFES shopping for vets inches forward

    The tide may be turning in the effort to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at the online store operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  19. Airmen attend a Transition Assistance Program class at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, in May 2013. The TAP classes advise separating service members on their benefits and help with resume writing, job searches and interviews. Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill / Air Force

    Air Force: 'Unrealistic to expect perfection' in force management programs

    Weeks after more than 1,000 voluntarily separating airmen learned they would not receive the medical benefits the Air Force had promised them, no solution to the problem is yet in sight.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  20. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  21. Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare

    Q. My husband is an Army veteran rated 100 percent disabled.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  22. Kevlar for the Mind: Guided imagery may reduce anxiety

    Research efforts directed at alleviating post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and other psychological ills of war are improving the lives of countless service members and veterans, and advances in cognitive, behavioral and medication therapies are g

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Consumer Watch: Save money this holiday season

    It's hard to believe, but it's time to start easing into holiday shopping mode.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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