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    CFC changes will make donating easier

    Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  1. Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., from left, with Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin; Retired Medical Director Samuel Foote, of the Diamond Community-Based Outpatient Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration; and Medical Director Katherine Mitchell of the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration, testifies Wednesday during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on 'Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG's Final Report' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

    Auditor ties Phoenix VA waits to deaths

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' internal watchdog testified Wednesday that delayed treatment for thousands of Arizona veterans may have contributed to some deaths, a strikingly different emphasis than in an August report on the Phoenix VA medical cent

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband

    In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  4. A vehicle inspector inspects an airman's vehicle in a garage at the vehicle processing center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2011. In a letter to TRANSCOM, Sen. Mark R. Warner said he was 'stunned to hear' the low performance rate for on-time delivery of troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas. Air Force

    Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments

    The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  5. Veterans Affairs acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, left, testifies Aug. 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Assistant Inspector General John Daigh is at right. AP

    Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control

    A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  6. Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board

    A senior attorney at the Board of Veterans Appeals told lawmakers Wednesday that managers at the agency covered up delays in appeals processing and doctored records to protect their performance bonuses.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  7. Survey: 40 percent of wounded face problems getting VA care

    As a peer mentor for Wounded Warrior Project, Josh Renschler regularly helps severely injured veterans navigate the Veterans Affairs Department health care system.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  8. VA Secretary Robert McDonald testifies before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Tuesday on a report about patient care delays at the VA's Phoenix medical center. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Investigations still open at 93 VA facilities

    The Veteran Affairs Department's review of the wait times scandal at its Phoenix facility is over, but lawmakers and investigators are promising that department officials will still face intense scrutiny and criticism in coming months.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  9. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department Monday, Sept. 8 in Washington, DC. Secretary McDonald shared stories of veterans he met across the country. He also outlined his key priorities to better serve veterans. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan

    SitRep video: Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said the recurring complaint he heard during a month-long listening tour across America is that his department's culture is still too closed and unfriendly.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  10. Feds respond to report on Minn. VA

    Sources say the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is flying an investigator to Minnesota next week to interview whistleblowers who told KARE 11 News they were pressured to falsify patient records at the Minneapolis VA medical cent

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  11. Suicides in first 3 months of year hold steady

    The Pentagon released its data on suicides among troops in the first quarter of 2014, showing that the Defense Department is holding steady in its battle against self-inflicted deaths.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  12. Security guards open a gate for motorist at the visitor entrance to Fort Lee, Va., on Aug. 25 after a female soldier with a gun turned the weapon on herself. Steve Helber / AP

    DoD: It takes only one person to stop a suicide

    Just six days before the start of Suicide Prevention Month in September, Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Walker, 33, barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, and, in what military leaders later described as '

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  13. DoD delays launch of rental housing website

    The launch of a new Defense Department website aimed at helping service members and their families find available rental housing has been delayed indefinitely, an official said.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  14. U.S. soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area during action in Vietnam in 1969. The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a diagnosable condition. National Archives / AFP

    DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD

    The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a dia

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  15. Consumer Watch: Here's where to turn if you need help buying food

    A recent study by the nonprofit Feeding America concludes that one out of four military households is getting charitable feeding assistance — such as groceries from food banks.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  16. Tricare Help: Philippines claims present problem

    Q. I'm a military retiree. My spouse and I have adopted two children in the Philippines who are registered as my dependents for Tricare eligibility purposes. The children recently became ill.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  17. Kevlar for the Mind: Bipolar disorder is serious — and sometimes lethal

    The recent suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought acute awareness to the effects of bipolar disorder, a chronic and persistent mental illness that wreaks emotional, physical and social havoc on millions of people each year.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  18. Soldier wins settlement from storage company

    A special operations soldier has won a settlement from the storage company that got rid of his property while he was deployed — including $8,044 worth of Army-issued equipment — in violation of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  19. President Obama formally notified Congress on Aug. 29 that he wants to cap next year's military basic pay raise at 1 percent, unless Congress comes up with an alternative mandate. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images

    White House pushes for lower pay raise in 2015

    The White House is moving ahead with plans for another slimmed-down pay raise for troops in 2015, and outside advocates still aren't happy about it.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  20. Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi and his now-wife, Monica, during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. Quattrocchi was injured while serving in theater and is awaiting back pay. Quattrocchi family

    Injured guardsman's family lives in poverty, and waits

    Army National Guard Spc. Robert Quattrocchi, 31, spends much of his time these days helping wife Monica care for the couple's 4-month-old daughter in a rambling, uninsulated Georgia farmhouse that belongs to his in-laws.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  21. The Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' — bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs

    With very few antibiotics in development at major pharmaceutical companies, the Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' — bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  22. Soldiers prepare slides with blood samples for testing during a training exercise. The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions. Dean Siemon / Army

    DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions

    The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  23. California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

    California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
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    Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit

    Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
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