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VA Hospital Services for Vets in Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken Hospitals

Irving Peoples was a ranger in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1984, including a stint in a peacekeeping group in Lebanon.After his service, Peoples returned home to Jersey City, and for decades afterward, suffered from bad knees and post-traumatic stress… Read More

Veterans Journal: Law Aims to End Vet Suicides, Funds Attempt to End Homelessness

On Feb. 14 President Obama signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. SAV is aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving access to quality mental-health care for all.The act is named after Clay… Read More

VA's Choice Program Off to Slow Start

Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.Only 27,000 veterans have… Read More

Leading Veterans Groups Release Funding Blueprint to Address VA Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. Four of the nations leading veterans service organizations AMVETS (American Veterans), DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) released The Independent… Read More

Search and Recover: A Story of Hope for Portland's Homeless Veterans

PORTLAND, Maine Roger Goodoak looks for people who often dont want to be found, on the edges of a society that doesnt often want to see them.He drives the streets of Portland in a van, pulling up alongside secluded loading docks, overhangs and patches… Read More

Oakland Veterans Affairs Office Lost Nearly 14,000 Benefits Claims Since 1990

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) The Oakland office of Veterans Affairs improperly filed and then lost about 14,000 unprocessed veterans benefit claims, some dating back to the 1990s, a federal government investigation found.The unprocessed informal claims were first… Read More

Scandal-Plagued VA Fires More Feds in Fiscal 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department fired about 2,572 employees in fiscal 2014 up from 2,264 in fiscal 2013, according to numbers from the Office of Personnel Management.The 13 percent increase comes as the agency works to improve accountability in the wake… Read More

Lebanon VA Medical Center Passes Three Separate Inspections

The Lebanon VA medical center received positive reviews from three separate external inspections recently.The inspections were performed by the Joint Commission, the Long Term Care Institute and the Veterans Administration Central Office."We welcome the… Read More

After MassLive Investigation, State Veterans Department Orders Increased Benefits for Some

The head of the state Department of Veterans' Services has ordered all towns and cities to fall in line with its own interpretation of a benefit payment law that had been the subject of disagreement between local agencies.The directive issued by Secretary… Read More

Sen. Rounds: Rural Hot Springs VA Site Good for PTSD Treatment

The rural setting of the Hot Springs Veterans Affairs Medical Center would make it an excellent place for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said Monday at a Rapid City press conference.Rounds, who before the press… Read More

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