Veterans

As Taliban gain and U.S. weighs troop hike, a widow's plea to 'finish the job'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a cold morning in January, Alexandra McClintock shoved her bare hands into the pockets of her black jacket and gazed at the endless rows of graves in Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C.<p>Taking her hands out of her pockets and …

U.S. Army

Iraq and Afghanistan: The US$6 trillion bill for America's longest war is unpaid

On Memorial Day, we pay respects to the fallen from past wars – including the more than one million American soldiers killed in the Civil War, World …

Veterans Benefits

The VA's 'Toxic Culture': Cockroaches Found Over and Over on Food at Veterans Hospital

The Hines, Illinois VA hospital has been knowingly serving food invested with cockroaches to veterans, according to a new report by the Office of the …

Veterans Health Administration

These Places Are Offering Free Food to Military Over Memorial Day Weekend

Most of the freebies are for veterans or active duty service members.<p>While Memorial Day now gets celebrated as the unofficial first weekend of …

Memorial Day Weekend

Military killed in Vietnam War from Oakland to be read aloud during ceremony

OAKLAND — The names of the approximately 100 soldiers, sailors and airmen from Oakland who were killed in action during the Vietnam War will be read …

Vietnam Veterans

Memorial Day events around North County

Del Mar: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual community Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. May 29 at 334 14th St. Traditional service of …

San Diego

Lost scooter that belonged to Second World War veteran found

The daughter of a Second World War veteran is sighing with relief after her 97-year-old dad's motorized scooter was found after going missing Sunday.

History

Their son died at Marine Corps boot camp. Now they have a message for other recruits.

In a dark room of bunk beds at Marine Corps boot camp came a cry for help: “Recruit down! Recruit down!” Zachary Boland, 18, was convulsing uncontrollably in his bunk, and could not be resuscitated. He was declared dead about 45 minutes later at a nearby hospital.<p>The Nov. 4 death of the former high …

VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with …

David Shulkin

Wisconsin Man Tried to Forge Navy SEAL History to Steal Pension Benefits — Now He's Spending Four Years in Prison

A 68-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to four years behind bars — all because he fabricated an illustrious military career with four years …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Why Veterans Make the Best Hires

For starters, they are dedicated and disciplined.<p>Clinton Smith hires veterans because he knows military service has helped them become dedicated and hard-working staffers.<p>"When you say, 'I need you to do this right now,' they get it done and get it done well," says Smith, a former Marine who is CEO …

Lawsuit: VA contracting changes could cut jobs for the blind

An advocacy group for the blind on Wednesday sued the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court, alleging the agency ignored a long-standing …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veteran’s family files wrongful death suit against VA Palo Alto

The children of a 72-year-old Navy veteran have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.<p>Douglas Wayne Ross Sr., …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Canada deploys alternate numbers as secret weapon in defence-spending fight

OTTAWA - The federal government is using a secret weapon to fight back against pressure from NATO and some allies to increase Canadian defence …

Veterans Benefits

Harley-Davidson Helps Launch MISSION: “THANK YOU” for Military Members

Harley-Davidson is known for its initiatives to give back to military members. The Motor Company’s latest arrives after partnering with Adam …

Motorcycles

Heroes on the Golf Course

The three men on the golf course didn’t look like superheroes. But Nick Bradley, Saul Martinez and Rod Rodriguez are just that. So are the other combat veterans who joined them on the links Monday at this year’s Warrior Open in Dallas. The tournament, sponsored by the George W. Bush Presidential …

Opinion

Its Flagstaff Light Aglow Again, a Park Is Ready for Memorial Day

It sounds like an unfortunate twist on an old joke: How long does it take to change a light bulb?<p>Three years, if the light bulb in question is the one atop the Eternal Light Flagstaff in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, the site of the wreath-laying ceremony at the beginning of the Veterans Day …

Veterans Day

Donald Trump’s Budget Breaks These 7 Campaign Promises

When the White House officially unveiled its 2018 budget Tuesday, President Donald Trump's budget director took pains to insist that the blueprint represents campaign promises kept.<p>Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that the president is making good on his vow to save …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Sick veteran fights for easier access to VA care

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every time Army veteran Henry Mayo Jr. looks in the mirror -- his appearance permanently altered by medical conditions -- he is reminded of his service to the United States. But the Department of Veterans Affairs denies the connection between his sickness and his service, a problem that …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

What I Learned from Transforming the U.S. Military’s Approach to Talent

When Army 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Riley was a senior at the University of Virginia, he ranked 10th out of 5,579 in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) National Order of Merit List. Upon graduation, he was proudly commissioned an Army officer and selected as a Rhodes Scholar to study at …

U.S. Military

House OKs revamp of VA appeals in bid to cut claims backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved legislation Tuesday to cut the time it takes for the Department of Veterans Affairs to handle appeals from veterans unhappy with their disability payouts, an effort to reduce a rapidly growing claims backlog without adding billions in government …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

LA's VA Campus: A Ballpark, An Oil Well ... And, Maybe Soon, A Home For Homeless Vets

Los Angeles has one of the nation's worst rates of homeless veterans, but its Veterans Affairs campus doesn't support many of them. Instead it has gardens, a baseball stadium ... but that may change.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>We're going to go next to a place that is home to a parrot sanctuary, an …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Democrats, veterans groups criticize tradeoffs in Trump’s VA budget

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to inject $2.9 billion of new funding into a program that allows veterans to receive care …

David Shulkin

Walmart expands military absence program to cover pay difference

Walmart (WMT) on Tuesday said it would expand a military leave of absence policy by offering to make up the difference in pay for employees who earn less than their company salary during military assignments.<p>Starting on June 24, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail chain will offer “deferential …

Fortune 500

AI May Hold the Key to Stopping Suicide

Every day in the United States about 120 people commit suicide. At nearly 45,000 suicides annually, it's the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S. and its rate is increasing year by year, national data shows. Healthcare providers have ways to prevent a suicide attempt, but often they don't know …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Oldest US Veteran, Soon to Be Released From Hospital, Credits His Longevity to Fine Cigars

Ladies and gentleman, meet veteran Richard Overton:<p>Overton is the nation's oldest veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945. He …

Get Started: Government small business contracting slips

CONTRACTING GOAL<p>The federal government gave a slightly smaller portion of its contracting dollars to small businesses in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, and also didn't meet its goal for contracts with women-owned businesses.<p>The government surpassed its goal of giving 23 percent of overall …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

For Forgotten Veterans, a Dignified End

Ernest R. Garcia’s body sat for more than a month in his Bronx apartment before the authorities finally entered in January and found it decomposing.<p>“They had to bring in a fumigation team, the smell was so bad,” said Clarence Smith, 73, a neighbor of Mr. Garcia, who had died of a heart attack at …

New York City

Lacrosse - Heinen: Shootout for Soldiers rapidly gaining traction

I<p>t was early in the morning on Oct. 4, 2012, when First Platoon Bravo Company 1-64 Armor Third Infantry Division resumed its mission in Afghanistan's …

Hines VA Hospital staff say they've rid kitchen of roaches

Officials of Hines Veterans Administration Hospital outside Chicago said Tuesday they have solved the problem of cockroaches in food preparation …

Veterans Health Administration