SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says officials with the Sioux Falls VA health care campus and facilities are banning smoking.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says a new medical director has been appointed to lead the VA hospital in White River Junction, Vermont.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a town hall meeting in southern Illinois to familiarize the people it serves with its health care programs.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Veterans with health problems caused by exposure to toxic chemicals known as PFAS would be eligible for federal health care services under legislation proposed in...
MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the special election for a state Senate seat in Pennsylvania (all times local):
Democrats are claiming victory in a special election for...
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A part-time medical clinic for veterans has closed, less than a year after opening in Kokomo.
A spokesman at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says staff had to be...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota philanthropist Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to help fund a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs genetics study to determine which medications are most...
NORTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah veterans' facility is set to be renamed after Maj. Brent Taylor, the former North Ogden mayor who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After losing its funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a Helena transitional residence for homeless veterans is operating on a month-to-month basis and looking...
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An emergency room doctor says he created a distraction to tackle a double-amputee Army veteran who opened fire inside a Florida hospital.
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A double-amputee Army veteran shot and wounded a doctor just before a mental health evaluation at a veterans' hospital in Florida, authorities said.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Court documents say a Mississippi man threatened to kill a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs physician for failing to detect a deadly illness.
VA Office of Inspector General Agent John Ramsey says Edward Steve McNatt of Tishomingo County called a VA hotline Friday threatening to kill a doctor at his next appointment at a Tupelo VA clinic.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents and employees of Missouri's seven nursing homes for veterans will not be allowed to use medical marijuana.
Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Grace Link said Monday the state must prohibit the use of medical marijuana at the homes in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which considers pot an illegal drug.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Navy veteran and former Veterans Affairs official will compete with an information technology consulting firm owner for an open state Senate seat in suburban Pittsburgh.
Republican delegates chose D. Raja and Democrats chose Pam Iovino in Sunday's votes.
April 2's special election will fill the remaining two years in Republican Guy Reschenthaler's Senate term in the politically divided district.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing the identity of a U.S. military veteran and using it to get more than $130,000 in benefits.
News outlets reported Senior U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee on Thursday also ordered 56-year-old Tierun Bush of Jackson to pay full restitution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Bush was convicted of aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds and property.
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is getting $291,000 from the federal government to expand and improve the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates.
The money is through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency last year gave the tribe nearly $5 million to build the cemetery.
The 8-acre cemetery is expected to serve more than 2,200 tribal veterans and their families.
SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A federal agency's proposal to build an extension of a national veterans cemetery in Chicago's northwest suburbs is drawing concerns from one local official about periodic rifle volleys expected at the site.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to acquire 15 acres in South Barrington for an extension of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, The Daily Herald reported.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic is opening in eastern Idaho with the capacity to treat three times more patients than the region was previously able to care for.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump Jr.'s campaign trip to Montana. (all times local):
President Donald Trump's eldest son is calling Sen. Jon Tester "a piece of garbage" for the Montana Democrat's role in sinking the nomination of the president's first choice to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The words of Abraham Lincoln are usually revered, but not so for some when it comes to the motto for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans groups and Yale Law School students are asking the VA to change its creed, saying it excludes women and ignores their contributions to the military.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence VA Medical Center says more housing vouchers are available to help homeless veterans in Rhode Island and Massachusetts pay rent.
The medical center says local public housing authorities received nearly $220,000 to support 27 rental assistance vouchers. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former contracting official for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles has been sentenced to five months in prison for lying to investigators when he denied taking bribes as part of a $13 million fraud scheme.
City News Service reports Monday that Frank Tillman will also serve five months home detention.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding what it calls "a summer retreat" for female veterans who live in southwestern Indiana, including those who are homeless.
Veteran affairs spokesman Kevin Harris says the retreat Monday in Evansville is being held to address the benefits and services that are available to the veterans.
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A federal reports shows that a Veterans Affairs hospital in eastern Illinois is having trouble filling many of its health care jobs.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia is holding a ceremony to change its name.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said the VA Medical Center in Huntington will be renamed in honor of Hershel "Woody" Williams during the ceremony Sunday. Williams is a retired Marine and Department of Veterans Affairs service officer. The VA said he is a longtime advocate for veterans and their families.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County is preparing to sell parkland for the expansion of the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, which is expected to run out of space in the next few years.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who operated parking lots for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles was sentenced Monday for bilking the agency of $13 million and bribing the official who granted his parking contracts.
Richard Scott of Santa Monica was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for conspiracy and wire fraud. He also was ordered to pay the VA $12.6 million in restitution. He pleaded guilty in May.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator says he is getting behind an effort to research how medicinal cannabis could help veterans.
Sen. Angus King is part of a bipartisan group of legislators that wants to authorize the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to advance research about the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — A town hall meeting in southern Illinois has been scheduled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the agency's health care system.
Spokesman Kevin Harris says the Wednesday event in Mount Vernon is being held in light of the new leadership at Veteran Affairs.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to build a new clinic in southern Maine.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the agency is seeking a developer for a potential two-story clinic that could be located in Portland or South Portland. Proposals are due Sept. 10.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to provide agriculture training for military veterans.
The state Department of Agriculture says in a news release the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aims to improve veterans' health.
The statement says the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington will train participants to pursue agricultural vocations while addressing their behavioral and mental health needs.
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted an ex-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worker of defrauding a disabled and incompetent veteran of $680,000-plus.
U.S. Attorney Doug Overbey's office says 44-year-old Jonesborough resident Kenneth Richard Devore was convicted this week of wire fraud, mail fraud, financial conflict of interest, stealing public money and false statements.
DENVER (AP) — It's more than $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule, but an elaborate new veterans hospital is finally ready to open in suburban Denver with the promise of state-of-the-art medical care.
The $1.7 billion Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center made it through nearly a decade of management blunders, legal battles, federal investigations and congressional hearings.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans' home where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the money from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to upgrade the water system and other improvements at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Durbin says the money will be a "needed boost," but that "there is much more work to be done."
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a man who set himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol (all times local):
Authorities say a man who set himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol is a 58-year-old who told police he's an Air Force veteran.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state Auditor Stacey Pickering is resigning his statewide elected post to become head of the state's Veterans Affairs Board.
Pickering, 49, says he accepted the new post Monday and will make the transition around July 15.
The Laurel Republican replaces former director Randy Reeves, who was appointed by President Donald Trump as undersecretary for memorial affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2017.
PHOENIX (AP) — In a story June 18 about ranking of the VA nursing home in Prescott, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a spokeswoman for the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System did not respond to questions about care. A spokeswoman, Mary Dillinger, later told The Arizona Republic that improvements have been made since the evaluation was conducted and the ranking is being used to improve services.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an agreement to continue in-home health care for an Oregon veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease, it was announced Friday.
Michael Williamson of Springfield sued the federal agency on Jan. 23 in U.S. District Court in Eugene after a VA contract company notified him that his home health care of nearly 20 years would soon end because it couldn't find caregivers for his round-the-clock assistance.
SHELBURNE, N.H. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to speak about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at a veterans' convention in New Hampshire.
Hassan is set to speak at the New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention on Saturday. The event is taking place at the Town and Country Inn in Shelburne. She is also scheduled to visit Wildcat Mountain later in the day.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday in the race to challenge Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in November.
Rosendale, who has support from deep-pocketed Republican donors who want to deny Tester a third term, defeated three other candidates in the GOP primary.
"This win is just the first lap, and we've got a lot of race in front of us," he said.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he hopes any Vermont veterans who want to learn what benefits they're entitled to or who are having trouble dealing with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will attend his veterans' town hall and resource fair at Norwich University on Saturday.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in central Illinois to discuss the Veterans Administration health care system.
The town hall will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1769 in Effingham.
VA spokesman Kevin Harris says the town hall is being held to allow feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.
TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — A Veterans Affairs hospital in Wisconsin is using nontraditional therapies for pain and mental health as officials seek to address problems with over-prescribing medication at the facility.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state has received $26 million from the federal government to build a new veterans home.
Gov. Bill Haslam says the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to build a 108-bed facility in Bradley County.
State and local funds for the facility add up to $17 million. That includes $10 million from the state and $3 million from an anonymous donor.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will proceed with building two new veterans homes in Grand Rapids and the Detroit area after securing federal aid on Friday, a key step in a plan to revamp how nursing care is provided to veterans.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs authorized the state to spend up to $123 million, including about $80 million in federal money. A $42 million state match for the two projects had been approved by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature in 2016.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Suffering from heart problems, Bob Sloan told his children he wants to use California's new law allowing life-ending drugs for the terminally ill when his disease becomes too advanced to bear.
But then the 73-year-old former U.S. Army sergeant learned that because he lives at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville — the nation's largest retirement home for veterans — he must first move out.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has ranked an Indiana building as one its highest-priority construction projects.
The proposed VA budget for fiscal year 2019 ranks the construction of a "West Tower" at the Fort Wayne VA Medical Center as No. 8 on its list of 431 strategic capital investments, The Journal Gazette reported.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State auditors say Michigan could do a better job of identifying veterans who might be eligible for federal benefits.
The audit released Friday says the state could save money if veterans on Medicaid switched to health programs run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.