Veterans

Advancing veterans’ access to medical marijuana hinges on Monday vote

WASHINGTON – A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. …

David Shulkin

One woman could be the first to join the Navy SEALs

The Navy SEALs are one group that's still lagging when it comes to gender equality, but one woman has put herself in a position to change that.<p>The unidentified enlistee is the first woman to step forward and apply to join the Navy's elite special operations force, CNN reported. She's joined by …

Dallas-area teen interviews veterans for YouTube channel | Miami Herald

Andy Fancher recently walked through the front door of yet another stranger's home, eager to meet the 52nd subject for his documentary series.<p>The …

Vet groups urge House to reject plan to fix VA’s budget gap

WASHINGTON >> Eight major veterans’ organizations today urged Congress to provide emergency money to the Department of Veterans Affairs without …

David Shulkin

First Woman Enlists To Become A Navy Seal

By Nancy Coleman<p><i>PHILADELPHIA (CNN) —</i> A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL.<p>The …

Philadelphia

The Glaring Double Standards of the Air Force’s Most Arrogant “Bible Believing” Homophobic Chaplain

Recently, an Army chaplain, performing his assigned duty, gave a policy briefing to the soldiers in his unit on the Army’s new policies on transgender soldiers. Giving this policy briefing did not require this chaplain — whose religious denomination considers homosexuality and transgenderism to be …

VA has fired 500 employees since Trump took office

The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired more than 500 employees since Jan. 20, when President Trump took office, according to a list of job …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veterans hospital under investigation adds interim leaders | Miami Herald

New Hampshire's only veterans hospital has appointed two more interim leaders as whistleblower doctors continue to call for a third-party …

Veterans Health Administration

USAA employees experience first day of basic training at SA campus

Hours before the break of dawn, drill sergeants were at work pushing nearly 400 USAA employees on what it's like to endure the first day of basic …

USAA

Member of elite special warfare unit in the Navy has come out as transgender

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A member of an elite special warfare unit in the Navy has come out as transgender.<p>Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton said in an email Friday …

Hampton Roads

Police search for two suspects in deadly shooting in La Mesa

Authorities sought Friday two people who were seen running off after a man was shot to death during an argument in a department store parking lot in …

San Diego

Local veterans programs topic of talk

Several area nonprofits will discuss programs they offer for veterans at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Interfaith Community Services/Veterans Association …

Horn of Africa

Texas veteran affairs office denies most Gulf War claims | Miami Herald

A federal report shows that a Texas veteran affairs office has denied more than 90 percent of benefit claims related to Gulf War illnesses.<p>The data …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.<p>Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base …

eCommerce

'We are at war and people don't even know': Inside the divide between the military and the rest of America that's wider than it's ever been

A little more than a year after she married, Tiffany Smiley walked into a hospital room to tell her husband he was blind.<p>A car bomb in Mosul, Iraq, had sent shrapnel into Army Maj. Scott Smiley's eyes as he was serving as an infantry platoon leader and ultimately led him to this bed at Walter Reed …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Scorching weather descends on Washington

At noon on Thursday, as the sun blistered the Capitol dome and the temperature hit 94 degrees, members of the House took part in a venerable political tradition: departing Washington early for a summer weekend while avoiding a different kind of heat — the media.<p>There was Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), …

Vietnam Veterans

Veterans With PTSD Push VA For Access To Service Dogs

There's controversy over whether dogs can help PTSD patients, and whether the government should pay for them.

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Homeless, 84-Year-Old War Veteran Twins Say 'It's Hell' After Home Foreclosed - Fox Nation

[fnvideo 5513989861001]<p><i>By Travis Fedschun, Fox News</i><p>Clifford and Gary Koekoek, 84-year-old twins who've survived living under Nazi occupation and fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, are now in "hell" and sleeping in their car after a bank foreclosed on their California home in October.<p>Born in the …

Study: CNN’s Trump-Obama Double Standard on Russian Meetings

CNN has been obsessed over President Donald Trump’s dinner chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin — but yawned by comparison at former President …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Pipe failure floods 5 floors of Manchester VA hospital

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Manchester VA Medical Center, under investigation after reports of substandard treatment and conditions, is now dealing with …

David Shulkin

America is disrespecting its wartime allies

<i>Matt Zeller is co-founder of No One Left Behind.</i><p>Nine years ago, Taliban insurgents attacked me and my squad during a routine mission in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province. Those insurgents would have killed us had it not been for Janis Shenwary, our Afghan translator, who shot and killed two of them.<p>I …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

President Donald J. Trump's Six Months of America First

<i>“Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting</i> …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

US Army to Deploy 2,100 Soldiers to Iraq this Fall

The U.S. Army announced Thursday that 2,100 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) will deploy to Iraq this fall.<p>The soldiers from …

U.S. Military

Clogged toilet leads to leak, evacuation at VA hospital | Miami Herald

A clogged toilet in a first-floor restroom at a Virginia Veterans Affairs hospital caused a backup and subsequent leak that led to an evacuation of …

Veterans Health Administration

Do military veterans really win more elections? Only in ‘purple’ districts.

If the Democratic Party retakes the House of Representatives in 2018, it may owe its success to military veterans’ candidacies. That, at least, is the perspective emerging from news reporting in recent weeks.<p>This month, a story in the New York Times reported on 20 Democratic military veterans …

Democratic Party

Did you know computers now make important government decisions?

Australian law explicitly allows computers to make important decisions previously made by the ministers or staff of at least 11 federal government …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Afghan pilots to start training on Black Hawks in early October

WASHINGTON — Afghan pilots will begin training on U.S. UH-60 A model Black Hawk helicopters sometime in early October.<p>The Black Hawk training …

Chicago Blackhawks

Veterans merge sexual-assault suits against Canadian military

Veterans who launched four individual lawsuits against the military for allegedly failing to protect them from sexual assault and gender-based discrimination while they were in uniform have merged their cases to fight the Canadian Forces together.<p>The combined suit, if it is allowed to proceed as a …

Women Veterans

DACA recruits in the U.S. military worry they could be deported | Miami Herald

Some young immigrants protected by the Obama-era “Dreamer” program who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and enlisted in the military …

Immigration

Lawmakers propose emergency funding for nearly bankrupt VA Choice program

Lawmakers said Wednesday they are looking into a funding solution for the Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Program, which is at risk of going bankrupt before the end of the fiscal year unless Congress takes prompt action.<p>House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., discussed …

David Shulkin