Vermont VA hospital gets new medical director
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.
VA schedules health care town hall in southern Illinois
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...
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VA closes part-time clinic in Kokomo after 11 months
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.
VA ends funding for homeless vet residence in Helena
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.
FBI: Vet shoots, wounds doctor before mental health check
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.
Officials: Man threatened doctor for failing to find illness
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.
State: No medical marijuana at veterans’ nursing homes
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.
Nominees picked for open Pennsylvania state Senate seat
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.
Mississippi man gets 3 years for stealing veteran’s ID
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.
Standing Rock veterans cemetery getting more federal money
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.
Proposed veterans cemetery in Illinois raises noise concerns
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.
New eastern Idaho VA clinic triples those receiving care
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.
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The Latest: Trump Jr. calls Tester a ‘piece of garbage’
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.
VA asked to change Lincoln quote to include women
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.
VA: More vouchers available to help homeless vets pay rent
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.
Former official sentenced in Southern California VA swindle
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.
VA holding retreat for female veterans, including homeless
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.
Report finds many open jobs at eastern Illinois VA hospital
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.
VA Medical Center being renamed in honor of veteran
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.
St. Louis County parkland to be sold for cemetery expansion
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.
Man who swindled $13 million from VA sentenced to 6 years
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.
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Maine senator gets behind push for cannabis for veterans
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.
VA town hall designed to solicit feedback from stakeholders
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.
VA seeking bids for new clinic in southern Maine
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.
Correction: Arizona-VA Nursing Home story
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.
Tennessee gets $26 million from feds for veterans home
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.
Michigan secures federal money to build 2 veterans homes
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.
A new federal law will allow hundreds of Connecticut veterans with “bad paper” discharges to be eligible for long-term mental health care for the first time, and thus reduce their suicide risk.
U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., a co-sponsor of the law, said it will “change the lives of veterans.” The legislation was included in the federal budget signed last Friday by President Trump.
HARLINGEN — For about five years, Yasisca Pujols has worked in courthouses, where she helps veterans receive counseling and psychiatric services.
Yesterday, she and three of her co-workers were recognized for their years of service at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic here.
Brecksville City Council approves agreement with Independence firm to redevelop former Veterans Affairs hospital property
Brecksville City Council approves agreement with Independence firm to redevelop former Veterans Affairs hospital property
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The city has chosen an Independence firm to redevelop the 103-acre site that once held the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital at Brecksville and Miller roads.
BEDFORD -- The troubled Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital finally has a permanent leader.
Amid a major shakeup at veterans hospitals across the country, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has named Joan Clifford the new director of the Bedford VA.