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United States Department of Veterans Affairs: Department of the United States government
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a federal Cabinet-level agency that provides near-comprehensive healthcare services to eligible military veterans at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics located throughout the country; several non-healthcare benefits including disability compensation, vocational rehabilitation, education assistance, home loans, and life insurance; and provides burial and memorial benefits to eligible veterans and family members at 135 national cemeteries.


Former VA doctor charged in 3 deaths

The indictment of a former doctor at a veterans hospital in Arkansas is sending shockwaves through the nation's largest healthcare system. Dr. Robert Levy is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the..
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Veteran's widow speaks out after former VA doctor charged in deaths

Wife of retired Army Sergeant Michael McCoy says he knew the Veterans Affairs "had failed him"
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Federal Agency Powered Chipped Away At By Supreme Court [Video]Federal Agency Powered Chipped Away At By Supreme Court

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, the US Supreme Court constrained the power of federal agencies, scaling back a legal doctrine that calls for judges to give agencies deference to..

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Do Service Dogs Help Treat PTSD? After Years of Research, the V.A. Still Doesn’t Know

The V.A. was mandated to study the use of service dogs as a mental-health treatment for veterans almost a decade ago. But repeated setbacks have held up the results.
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Dogs deserve better than brutal VA research that wastes money better spent on veterans

The VA has done these barbaric tests for decades with no discernible benefits in many years. It should stop hurting dogs and start helping veterans.
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on “The Takeout”

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie joins Major Garrett on "The Takeout" to discuss his career of public service, his appointment to head the VA, as well as suicide among veterans and President..
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Veteran 'literally body-slammed' by VA police: Lawmakers grill VA on use of force

They asked VA officials about veteran death, injury after run-ins with VA police and an instructor trainee at the VA police academy accused of threats.
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VA may owe veterans millions in refunds but knowingly hasn't paid them for years, probe finds

The VA inspector general found more than 50,000 veterans could be owed nearly $190 million in home loan fees that VA managers should have refunded.
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Veterans to get expanded access to private doctors at VA expense starting Thursday

Veterans can see private doctors at VA expense if they have to wait longer than 20 days or drive more than 30 minutes for a VA primary care doctor.
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V.A. Prepares for Major Shift in Veterans’ Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is ready for a major shift in access to private care, but veterans groups and lawmakers are concerned.
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Spouses of fallen service members lobby to eliminate "widow's tax"

A 1972 law blocks some 65,000 military widows nationwide from receiving full benefits from both the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs
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Congresswoman skipped VA hearing for surf outing

Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard missed the hearing to take part in a news interview
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Lawmaker demands answers after a WW II veteran died from a head injury in a VA nursing home

Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, wants to know how VA will prevent traumatic injuries after USA TODAY reported what happened to James Ferguson, 91.
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Suicides on VA properties sound alarm on veteran care

On average, about 20 veterans a day die by suicide. Since 2017, at least 25 veterans have taken their lives on the ground of Veterans Affairs facilities. Dean Reynolds shares one veteran's story.
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Bible display at Veterans Affairs facility in New Hampshire triggers lawsuit

A religious-freedom advocacy group says the display at a New Hampshire VA violates the Constitution's ban of government establishment of religion.
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Surveillance video of veteran suffering a fatal blow to the head in a VA nursing home

A surveillance camera captured footage of James Ferguson Sr.’s fatal injury at a Veterans Affairs nursing home. Caution: footage may be disturbing.
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Veteran survived WWII, but died after suffering a head injury in a VA nursing home

Surveillance video captured the deadly blow to the head of 91-year-old James “Milt” Ferguson Sr. Specialists say it could have been prevented.
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This is James Ferguson Sr. who died after being injured in a Veterans Affairs nursing home

James "Milt" Ferguson Sr. , 91, was a World War II who died from a head injury he received in the Veterans Affairs nursing home in Des Moines.
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After three veteran suicides at VA facilities in five days, bipartisan demand for action

"It’s critical we do more to stop this epidemic,” said Rep. Mark Takano, D.-Calif, chairman of the House VA committee, said ahead of a hearing Monday.
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Ocasio-Cortez and Trump agree: the VA provides quality care to veterans

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct" that the VA is effective, but he qualified his agreement with her
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VA Secretary Wilkie won't "get into" Trump's feud with McCain

Robert Wilkie says that his department is committed to combating suicide, drug addiction and homelessness among veterans
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VA Secretary Wilkie: "Every day 20 veterans take their own lives"

This week on "The Takeout," CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett speaks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who says he is focusing on veteran suicide prevention.
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3 veterans kill themselves at VA facilities within five days

Lawmaker says 6 veterans have died by suicide on Veterans Affairs property this year
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V.A. Officials, and the Nation, Battle an Unrelenting Tide of Veteran Suicides

High rates of homelessness, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress and a military culture that can be resistant to seeking help are all aggravating factors for veterans.
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Female veteran denied IVF benefits because she's single

Hundreds of military families have had access to fertility treatments in recent years, but not all veterans qualify for them. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 567 families have..
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Veterans harmed at VA nursing homes in 25 states, inspections find

Outside inspectors cited 52 out of 99 VA nursing homes for deficiencies that caused “actual harm” to veterans, newly released reports show.
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Treated Like a ‘Piece of Meat’: Female Veterans Endure Harassment at the V.A.

Women say a culture of harassment, discrimination and exclusion lives inside the Veterans Affairs medical system as they try to use the government benefits they earned with military service.
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Trump signs executive order on suicide prevention for veterans

Roughly 20 veterans commit suicide each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs
CBS News - Published

Veterans urge Congress to expand access to medical marijuana

Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, patients in the VA system don't have access to it
CBS News - Published

Patient in wheelchair shoots doctor, turns gun on other patients at VA hospital in Florida: FBI

Larry Ray Bon was about to undergo a mental health evaluation at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Riviera Beach, Florida.
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Purple Heart recipients will get top priority for their claims, VA announces

The Veterans Affairs Department will give top priority for claims to veterans who received a Purple Heart medal for wounds in combat.
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Inspector general probes fatal VA dog experiments as Lara Trump endorses push to stop them

Lara Trump is endorsing an effort to end fatal VA research experiments on dogs as the agency's inspector general launches a probe of the tests.
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AP Top Stories February 10 P

Here are the top stories for Sunday, February 10: Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces a presidential bid; Va. Gov. Ralph Northam 'not going anywhere'; SKorea to pay more to US military; Snowball fight draws..
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Veterans are enduring longer emergency room wait times

A USA TODAY investigation into VA Medical Centers shows that veterans are enduring longer emergency room wait times than those at non-VA facilities.
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Death rates, bedsores, ER wait times: Where every VA hospital lags or leads other medical care

A USA TODAY analysis of Veterans Affairs data provides the broadest picture to date of how each of 146 VA medical centers compares to non-VA care.
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Ronny Jackson, Trump's former physician, appointed chief medical adviser

Jackson's nomination for VA secretary was torpedoed by allegations of inappropriate work behavior
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VA unveils proposed rules extending more private care to veterans

They have already drawn sharp rebukes from critics who say they go too far and will drain money from the VA and lead to its eventual privatization.
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Families open up their home and hearts to serve veterans

In our series, A More Perfect Union, we aim to show that what unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us. Many veterans who served our country are now in need of someone to serve them...
CBS News - Published

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