South Dakota VA hospitals banning tobacco use
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is increasing the push for veterans to kick the habit by banning tobacco use at VA health care facilities nationwide.
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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Miss America is among 19 candidates running in down-ballot races in Kentucky that include secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, treasurer and...
WILMORE, Ky. (AP) — A 95-year-old World War II veteran in Kentucky will be awarded the French Legion of Honor, that country's highest distinction.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Department of Veterans Affairs hospital is going to be hosting a Blessing of the Bikes later this month in front of the White River Junction...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Bible on display at a memorial at New Hampshire's veterans hospital should be removed because it is a violation of the First Amendment, a U.S. Air Force veteran said in a...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state law will end the ability of Indiana's veterans' affairs agency to award its own employees grants intended to help struggling veterans.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The family of a veteran who died after an altercation with Veterans Affairs police at the Kansas City VA Medical Center has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Utah man pushes for census to include veterans question
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The former head of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs is pushing for the U.S. census to include a question about veterans next year.
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.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Veterans Affairs officials say Judy Hayman has been named the new director of the VA Montana Health Care System.
Vietnam veterans recognition ceremony to be held in May
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will host the 11th Annual Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day next month.
The ceremony will be held the morning of May 7 at the...
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With veteran suicides remaining a stubbornly high, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Friday that the entire federal government was focused on finding a solution...
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.
Stitt picks retired Air Force general for cabinet post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has picked a retired Air Force general and aerospace industry consultant as his secretary of veterans affairs and military, filling the last spot on his...
Man involved in Cheyenne VA attack identified
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former employee accused of attacking two employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Cheyenne has been identified as 23-year-old Benjamin Delany.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's inspector general has found mismanagement at the state's Department of Veterans' Affairs but insufficient evidence for criminal or ethics charges.
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DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to a year in prison for defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs out of nearly $1.3 million by pretending to be blind.
Man with baseball bat attacks 2 at Cheyenne VA hospital
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former employee with a baseball bat has attacked two employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Cheyenne.
MARION, Ill. (AP) — The Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center in southern Illinois will be the home for several days in May of The Moving Wall.
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...
TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — Federal inspectors say there's no evidence that opioids were being "indiscriminately prescribed" at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, although the hospital can improve...
Oklahoma veterans center project gets federal funding
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency's federal funding request has been approved for a $60 million project to relocate a veterans center that's had...
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic members of New York's congressional delegation want to rename a Veterans Affairs hospital after a woman who fought alongside American troops during the Revolutionary...
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...
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NORTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill passed by Congress to rename a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Utah after a mayor who was killed while serving...
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of firing a gun in a Florida veterans clinic has been sentenced to 17 years and three months in federal prison.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers for a partnership to transport disabled veterans to hospital medical appointments.
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...
Art competition brings in diverse collection of artists
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Lucille Brisson-Dickinson studies her work with a critical eye.
The 70-year-old Wagoner resident dabs a paintbrush into color and then applies it to the canvas. A...
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.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A nurse has been sentenced to probation for stealing fentanyl from the Veterans Hospital in Madison.
Forty-nine-year-old Todd Mehrhoff, of Waunakee, assisted with...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that President Donald Trump has personally assured him the money needed to fully fund a new Veterans Affairs hospital in...
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.
Lawmakers back tighter rules on Indiana veterans fund grants
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill aimed at tightening management of an Indiana grant program for struggling military veterans has been approved by the Indiana House following news reports that a state...
The Emporia VA clinic to be decommissioned by summer
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs clinic in Emporia will be closed by mid-June.
Joe Burks, spokesman for Kansas VA, says the organization plans to move veteran care from the clinic...
Bill to tighten management of Indiana veterans fund advances
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill that would tighten management of an Indiana grant program meant to help struggling veterans is advancing in the Legislature, thanks to broad bipartisan support following...
Oklahoma governor appoints Keating, Brurud to cabinet
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has filled two positions in his executive cabinet, including Chip Keating as secretary of public safety and Brian Brurud as secretary of veterans...
Pritzker names secnd Veterans Affairs director in 2 weeks
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed a state lawmaker as director of the state's Veterans Affairs department after his first choice stepped down.
The Democrat on Friday named state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia. The former Army officer was named in place of Army Lt. Col. Jaime Martinez.
Pritzker tabbed Martinez for the job Jan. 31 . The governor's office did not say why Martinez withdrew from consideration.
Newspaper: Indiana lawmaker may have violated lobbying laws
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former Indiana lawmaker's contract with the state's Department of Veterans Affairs may have violated state lobbying laws, according to a newspaper investigation.
Gov reveals plan to outfit every college with veteran center
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders have announced a plan to put a veteran center on every college campus in the state by fall 2019.
New director named for Roseburg Veterans Affairs center
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An interim director for the Walla Walla Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington has been named as the new permanent director for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oregon.
The News-Review reports Keith Allen will take over from interim director Kevin Forrest on March 17.
VA buys land to expand western Nebraska cemetery
MAXWELL, Neb. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's bought land to expand a national veterans cemetery in western Nebraska.
The VA announced Monday that Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell will be expanded to nearly double its current size. The VA says it bought 18 acres (7.3 hectares) on the north side of the 20-acre cemetery, providing room for at least 15,000 more graves.
The VA says it paid Donna Sundstrom nearly $116,000 for the land.
Veterans being kicked out of transitional housing facility
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen military veterans have been given a 30-day notice to leave a transitional housing facility in Des Moines.
Station KCCI reports that a Department of Veterans Affairs official dropped off the notice at the 180 Degrees facility last week, but VA officials have declined to discuss the issue.
Trump names former doctor as assistant and medical adviser
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has appointed his former doctor to be his assistant and chief medical adviser.
Saturday's announcement by the White House follows Trump's decision to re-nominate Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson for a second star due to inaction by the previous Congress. Jackson's original nomination was put on hold last year after Trump nominated him to head the Veterans Affairs Department.