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  1. A soldier from a U.S. Army Fox Chemical Reconnaissance team of the Tenth Cavalry Division stands up wind at a distance determined safe by his superior officer, at a site containing suspicious drums full of unknown liquid, outside Baiji, Iraq, April 28, 2003. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    DoD to monitor troops exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons

    The Defense Department will provide medical assessments and health surveillance for troops and veterans exposed to chemical agents during the 2003-2011 Iraq War who may not have received proper treatment, senior officials said.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  2. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  4. Helena Perry of Avondale, Pa., continues receiving bills and correspondence for her late husband David's VA medical care. William H. McMichael/The (Wilmington, Del.) News J

    VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill

    It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  5. VA settles Pittsburgh Legionnaire's suit for $125K

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the son of a Marine veteran who died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at a Pittsburgh VA hospital.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  6. Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald said he's growing frustrated with continued attacks on why the director of the agency's Phoenix medical center — and dozens of other problem executives — still haven't been fired. Veterans Affairs Department

    VA secretary defends pace of disciplinary actions

    Critics of the Veterans Affairs Department want to know why the director of the agency's Phoenix medical center — and dozens of other problem executives — still haven't been fired.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  7. Tami Mielke, a lieutenant colonel in the South Dakota Air National Guard who suffered from PTSD after a deployment in Iraq in 2010, in her official portrait as Mission Support Group Commander. Air Force

    'Suicides are a problem in the Guard'

    Tami Mielke's decision to end her life raises serious questions about South Dakota's care of its emotionally wounded warriors.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Tricare Help: Vet's family must use CHAMPVA, not Tricare

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

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  14. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee is heading a task force sponsored by Concerned Veterans of America with a goal of devising new solutions to help VA address some of its longstanding problems. Toyokazu Kosugi / AP

    Opinion: Helping VA do better

    In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  15. New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints

    Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  16. VA Secretary Bob McDonald held a town hall meeting with employees Oct. 9 at VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs

    Veterans Affairs secretary wooing medical students

    The new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs made an impassioned recruitment pitch to medical school and nursing students at the University of Vermont on Monday, urging them to consider careers in the VA.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  17. Ohio VA employees got big bonuses

    A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio Veterans Affairs hospitals paid out nearly $6.5 million in bonuses to employees in the past year.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  18. Autism therapy reimbursements won't change — for now

    The Pentagon is postponing a plan to cut reimbursements for autism therapy provided under the Tricare health program.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  19. Report: DoD should review Tricare rules on compounded medications

    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. 10, 2014
  20. Four Veterans Affairs senior executives being dismissed this month are the first to face the department's controversial new firing authorities, approved by Congress in July. VA leaders are also promising they won't be the last. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Scrutiny over latest VA firings likely just the start

    Four Veterans Affairs senior executives being dismissed this month are the first to face the department's controversial new firing authorities, approved by Congress in July.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  21. A Wounded Warrior Project program helped Matthew Keil take care of his children at home when his wife, Tracy, was hospitalized briefly. Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press

    Trust offers peace of mind to seriously wounded, caregivers

    Each week, retired Army National Guard Sgt.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  22. Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks during a news conference during a visit to a Denver veterans hospital on Aug. 6. The Veterans Affairs Department is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays, Gibson said Monday. Brennan Linsley / AP

    VA moves to ax 4 senior execs in scandal response

    The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  23. U.S. service members set up an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, where the virus continues to claim more victims. The Defense Department is working on a potential Ebola vaccine as the virus continues to spread. Getty Images

    Potential Ebola vaccines studied by DoD agencies

    Agencies within the Defense Department are hard at work on a potential Ebola vaccine, with safety testing on humans expected to begin as early as next week.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  24. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters on Oct. 1 at the Pentagon on the military health care system review. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors

    An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  25. Military hospitals perform 'statistically worse' for some measures of childbirth care

    More than 50,000 babies are born each year in military hospitals, and while most are delivered without major complications, the recent Pentagon military health system review found that for half the measures used by the National Perinatal Information Cente

    • Oct. 5, 2014
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