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Charities accused of overvaluing donationsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 22:13:00

Standing amid pallets of bottled water, suntan lotion and boxes of candies, Roy Tidwell says he is providing a service that can't be duplicated: shipping needed goods to dozens of charities at a low cost.

Prosecutors: Soldier lied about Purple Hearts, military combatupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 21:57:00

A U.S. Army command sergeant major who authorities accuse of lying about receiving Purple Hearts for bravery during combat and making false claims about fighting in Vietnam and Afghanistan was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday.

Vets feel abandoned after secret drug experimentsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 08:56:00

The moment 18-year-old Army Pvt. Tim Josephs arrived at Edgewood Arsenal in 1968, he knew there was something different about the place.

No jail time for California father who threw son off boatupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 11:46:00

A Southern California man has been convicted of child endangerment for hitting his crying 7-year-old son and then throwing him off a tour boat in busy Newport Harbor, Orange County, the district attorney's office said this week.

Veterans transition from war zone to classroomupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 11:26:00

"When I got out of the Army, I did not want to talk about my war experience," said Angela Kozak, currently a speech pathology student at San Diego State University.

Crisis hot line saves suicidal war veteransupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 07:54:00

Suicide continues to plague the American military, with an estimated 18 war veterans in the United States ending their lives each day. One of the last resorts for veterans struggling with the return to civilian life is a suicide-prevention hot line based in upstate New York.

Report: Private firms still selling unsuitable insurance to troopsupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 19:58:00

Five years after a law to protect U.S. military personnel from salespeople selling life insurance, a new Pentagon report finds problems continue.

CNNMoney: 2011 budget cuts revealedupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 16:50:00

Lawmakers lifted the curtain Tuesday on a 2011 spending plan that will slash nearly $40 billion -- cutting back on a wide range of programs and services including high-speed rail, emergency first responders and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Blind Army officer offers 'Hope Unseen' to othersupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 16:34:00

The last thing Army Capt. Scotty Smiley remembers seeing is a man behind the wheel of a truck raising his hands as if to surrender.

30 years of deficit debateupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 19:29:00

From Presidents Nixon to Obama, the issue of the national deficit remains at the forefront of political debate.

Highlights of Obama's 2012 spending planupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 19:29:00

President Obama's spending plan is just the first step in a process that will involve no less than 40 congressional committees, 24 subcommittees, countless hearings and a number of floor votes in the House and Senate, with the aim of getting funding in place for the federal government by the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year October 1.

Senators want troops to wear masks to protect from toxic fumesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 20:48:00

Two senators asked the Department of Defense Wednesday to provide respirator masks to all troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who are exposed to potentially toxic fumes from open air garbage pits in the war zones.

Veterans Affairs faces daunting job of reducing medical claims backlogupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 15:15:00

Veteran claims for medical benefits are still piled high at the Veterans Affairs Department, despite a major push from the secretary of the department for quicker claims processing.

Exposure helps Heroes take their causes to 'another level'updated: Fri Nov 19 2010 17:24:00

It's becoming a holiday tradition.

Heroes: Still changing the worldupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 17:24:00

Top 10 CNN Heroes from 2008 and 2009 share how the honor impacted their lives.

PTSD linked to hardened arteriesupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:47:00

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more than the mind. The disorder may damage blood vessels and increase the risk of dying early, according to new research presented today at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association.

Once homeless vet's mission to save his brothers-in-armsupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 07:39:00

I am a U.S. Army veteran and I was once homeless and struggling with addiction. After I got out of the service, I was introduced to alcohol and drugs. I ended up on the street where I lived in drug houses, and saw shootings and crime of all types.

Five ways to help a veteran todayupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 18:09:00

Veterans Day is a day to honor and celebrate the military veterans who have served our country, but if you don't have a veteran in your family or even know one, the meaning of the day may be lost.

CNNMoney: Federal workers vie to save the most moneyupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 07:52:00

Last year, their boss issued a challenge: Give me your best ideas to save money.

More Vietnam War vets eligible for Agent Orange benefitsupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 19:57:00

The government has started distributing additional benefits for Agent Orange exposure to Vietnam War veterans who qualify under liberalized rules, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday.

Feds roll out new PTSD benefits for veteransupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 15:18:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled new regulations Monday making it easier for men and women who served in the armed forces to receive benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veterans Affairs Department rolls out ad campaignupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 13:02:00

In an effort to reach out to more veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs is launching its first ever television ad campaign to alert servicemembers to the benefits for which they're eligible.

Veterans Affairs makes changes to clarify insurance programupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 14:40:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will continue to use a controversial life insurance program, but will make sure beneficiaries better understand the accounts.

Obama: New PTSD rules 'long overdue step'updated: Mon Jul 12 2010 06:17:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to get benefits, a development President Barack Obama calls a "long overdue step."

Vets' care hurt by bureaucratic games, memo saysupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 19:09:00

Military veterans are being denied health care due to "inappropriate scheduling practices" at VA facilities, according to an internal memo from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIVupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:13:00

A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

Vets exposed to HIV, hepatitis?updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:13:00

One lawmaker calls for an investigation into a VA hospital that may have exposed vets to HIV and hepatitis.

Creating a first stop for veterans' familiesupdated: Fri May 28 2010 10:00:00

For years, Army veteran Roy Foster's motto has been "No man left behind." This month, he's broadened it to include women.

Memorial Day: What you can doupdated: Thu May 27 2010 10:45:00

Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember the U.S. troops who have died. One way to honor the fallen troops is to volunteer at a veterans cemetery. And while there are opportunities on Memorial Day, there are other ways you can help all year long.

Fortune: New legal trick: Fake hospital sites for finding clientsupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 11:04:00

Until about noon on Wednesday, dozens of websites were identifying themselves with a Red Cross-ish logo and names like "VA Medical Center Palo Alto," or "VA Hospital San Francisco," or "VA Medical Center Gainesville" though they had no affiliation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They were actually operated by plaintiffs law firms that were searching for clients with asbestos-related diseases.

For veterans in crisis, a lifelineupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 21:31:00

"Can you say that again? You put a bullet through the wall in your house?"

Suicide hotline for veteransupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 21:31:00

Over 300 calls a day come into a national suicide hotline for veterans and troops. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

Veterans 'storm' Capitol Hill in blizzardupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 11:33:00

The blizzard that hit Washington couldn't have come at a worse time for a leading veterans group -- but the name for its legislative push this week is certainly fitting.

Security breach threatens soldiers', civilians' personal infoupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 13:41:00

The personal records of thousands of soldiers, employees and their families were potentially exposed after a laptop computer containing the information was stolen over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the military says.

Post-traumatic stress may harm kids' brainsupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 15:19:00

Psychological trauma may leave a visible trace in a child's brain, scientists say.

Job loss on the declineupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 18:04:00

Wolf interviews Mark Zandi with Moody's, who believes the U.S. recession is coming to an end.

Obama: Jobs news 'modestly encouraging'updated: Fri Dec 04 2009 18:04:00

President Obama on Friday praised the latest jobs figures that show a drop in the U.S. unemployment rate from 10.2 percent to 10 percent in November.

The bugler's final 'thank you'updated: Sun Nov 08 2009 08:23:00

Long Island native Louis DiLeo began his music career as a child. As an adult, he spends his days blowing the same sad song: taps.

Bugler answers call of dutyupdated: Sun Nov 08 2009 08:23:00

Lou Dileo has made it his duty to play taps at military funerals. Photojournalist Deborah Brunswick has his story.

VA's bold goal: Eradicate homelessness among veterans in 5 yearsupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 21:32:00

With a simple, declarative statement, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs announced his ambitious goal to eradicate one of the country's most shameful problems.

Backlogs continue to frustrate progress at VAupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 15:40:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs is still struggling with an enormous backlog in claims for medical and educational benefits that are piling up despite efforts to diminish the paperwork, the secretary of the department admitted Wednesday.

Former addict gives homeless veterans a second chanceupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:29:00

Following a faint trail through a dense patch of woods in Florida's Palm Beach County, Roy Foster is a man on a mission.

CNN Heroes: Roy Fosterupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:29:00

Army veteran Roy Foster started Stand Down House to help veterans struggling with addiction and homelessness in Florida.

Vets waiting for education benefits will get emergency fundsupdated: Sat Sep 26 2009 08:37:00

A backlog in processing education benefits has forced the Department of Veterans Affairs to authorize millions of dollars in emergency funds for veterans who need the cash to pay for school.

Scam targets veterans' credit card info, VA warnsupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 03:03:00

Watch out for the latest scam targeting veterans and their credit card numbers, the Department of Veterans Affairs warns.

Veterans' facilities fall short in women's treatment standardsupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 09:32:00

Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities do not consistently offer the level of services and infrastructure necessary to properly treat the growing number of female veterans, a government investigation concludes.

VA claims processing sees strides, setbacks, report saysupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 09:03:00

The Veterans Administration's handling of disability claims has seen improvements and setbacks, a congressional watchdog said Wednesday.

Inspections find many VA facilities lack colonoscopy safetyupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 08:56:00

Lawmakers reacted with anger and dismay Tuesday to the second report this year that Veterans Administration facilities had inadequate safety procedures in place to ensure that colonoscopy equipment is sterilized between patients.

VA to apologize for mistaken Lou Gehrig's disease noticesupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 19:31:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it will apologize to veterans who were mistakenly told they'd been diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition.

VA workers given millions in bonuses as vets await checksupdated: Sat Aug 22 2009 04:24:00

While hundreds of thousands of disability claims lay backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of technology employees at the department received $24 million in bonuses, a new report says.

Why do worriers die younger? Their smoking may be a culpritupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 03:14:00

Scientists have known for some time that people who constantly worry tend to die at a younger age than others, but the cause wasn't clear.

Pentagon: Troops won't lose their war-zone smokesupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 20:13:00

The defense secretary will not ban smoking by troops in war zones despite a recommendation to do so by a Pentagon-commissioned study.

Study recommends total ban on smoking for soldiersupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 05:51:00

You've seen the iconic picture of a soldier with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, but that could soon be a thing of the past.

'Tell somebody,' if you're thinking of suicide, says generalupdated: Wed May 27 2009 23:40:00

The 101st Airborne's senior commander in effect ordered his soldiers Wednesday not to commit suicide, a plea that came after 11 suicides since January 1, two of them in the past week.

Obama Vows to Help Veteransupdated: Sat May 23 2009 20:03:00

President Obama: America will not forget its military veterans. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.

Advocates await specifics of Obama's plan for vets programupdated: Sat May 23 2009 20:03:00

As President Obama reminds Americans that Memorial Day is more than the casual start of summer, many veterans advocates are eagerly waiting for more details about his plans for a revamped veterans program.

Name added to Vietnam Memorial helps family heal old woundsupdated: Thu May 07 2009 12:11:00

It was 40 years ago this summer that U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Enrique Valdez was nearly killed by shrapnel in Vietnam and 15 years ago that he died from wounds suffered that August in 1969.

Obama's Cabinet meetingupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 16:25:00

CNN's Paul Steinhauser looks at the president's meeting and other political highlights.

Obama announces new veterans' medical records systemupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 14:43:00

The federal government is establishing a new system for updating medical records of servicemen and women during and after their military careers, President Obama announced Thursday.

VA looking into possible contamination at medical facilitiesupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 20:17:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an investigation into whether there is a connection between improperly sterilized endoscopy equipment and a veteran's positive HIV test.

VA to look into effects of 'burn pits' on veteransupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 02:44:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will study the effects of toxic emissions from burning trash at military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan on veterans, even after the Department of Defense has concluded no long-term effects exist.

Veterans groups irate at Obama's private insurance proposalupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 19:31:00

Veterans groups are angry after President Obama told them Monday that he is still considering a proposal to have treatment for service-connected injuries charged to veterans' private insurance plans.

Obama pledges more help for veteransupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 16:04:00

President Obama pledged Monday to make good on his promise to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs and said he would "dramatically improve" mental health aid.

Senators slam plan for wounded vets to use private insuranceupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 16:58:00

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

Vets object to billing private insurance for service injuriesupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 08:17:00

Veterans groups are warning President Barack Obama against going ahead with a possible administration move to charge veterans' private health care for service-related injuries.

VA suspends contractor over patient data securityupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 12:56:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs has suspended a contractor for failing to follow the department's policies for securing sensitive data about patients, the department said Thursday.

Army to report record number of suicidesupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 00:52:00

The U.S. Army will report Thursday the highest level of suicides among its soldiers since it began tracking the rate 28 years ago, CNN has learned.

VA will pay $20 million to settle lawsuit over stolen laptop's dataupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 21:19:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $20 million to current and former military personnel to settle a class action lawsuit on behalf of the men and women whose personal data was on a laptop computer stolen during a burglary.

Judge won't intervene in veteran disability disputeupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 21:19:00

A federal judge has refused to intervene in a dispute over delays in paying disability benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Commentary: Disabled vets shouldn't have to fight for benefitsupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 22:02:00

On Veterans Day, we want to bring your attention to a different kind of battle that our disabled veterans are fighting.

'We owe our veterans more'updated: Tue Nov 11 2008 22:02:00

CNN's Campbell Brown reports veterans are having trouble getting disability claims reviewed and receiving benefits.

Veterans' groups sue for faster disability rulingsupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 20:12:00

Two veterans' organizations Monday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to accelerate decisions on disability claims for retired military personnel. Study Doubts Knee Surgery Benefits updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 11:00:00

Nearly a million knee surgeries are performed in North America each year to ease the pain of osteoarthritis -- but researchers say the procedure is a sham

Army suicide rate could top nation's this yearupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 07:43:00

The rate of suicides among-active duty soldiers is on pace to surpass both last year's numbers and the rate of suicide in the general U.S. population for the first time since the Vietnam war, according to U.S. Army officials. Suicide Hot Line Used By Veterans updated: Mon Jul 28 2008 06:00:00

More than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hot line in its first year

Ex-Atlantic City mayor gets probation, fine for fraudupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 14:26:00

Former Atlantic City Mayor Robert Levy was sentenced to three years probation and fined $5,000 Friday after pleading guilty in November 2007 to defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Troops Offered Free Psych Helpupdated: Tue May 27 2008 11:00:00

Thousands of private counselors are offering free services to troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health problems

Cemeteries see record for veteran burialsupdated: Sat May 24 2008 19:32:00

The cracking of rifle fire silenced the twittering blue jays, blackbirds and killdeer.

VA blasted over veterans suicidesupdated: Tue May 06 2008 16:15:00

The chairman of the House Veterans Committee blasted the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday, accusing the agency of criminal failure to respond to evidence of rising suicide rates among former soldiers.

Money Magazine: Injured vets: What do they getupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 17:30:00

Following last year's exposés of neglect at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one might get the impression that soldiers injured in action are simply dumped by the armed forces with little care or compensation. Veterans Day in Courtupdated: Sat Jan 12 2008 11:00:00

After the Department of Veterans Affairs told them to wait their turn, veterans who bear the psychological scars of fighting the war on terror now have the chance to sue Post-Op Rx: Get a Massageupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 12:20:00

Several new studies show that a simple backrub offers significant pain relief for patients after major surgery

Fighting for Justice finalistsupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 16:41:00

Meet three CNN Heroes whose work advanced the cause of civil or equal rights.

CNN Heroes finalists: Fighting for Justiceupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 16:41:00

An Ecuadoran lawyer leading an environmental lawsuit, an Afghan refugee working to empower women in her homeland and an American helping fellow veterans navigate the benefits system have been named CNN Heroes finalists for their work "Fighting for Justice."

Atlantic City mayor pleads guilty to cheating Veterans Departmentupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 22:18:00

The former mayor of Atlantic City pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of nearly $25,000 for false claims about his military service during the Vietnam War, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey.

Retired general tapped for top VA postupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 15:59:00

President Bush on Tuesday announced the nomination of retired Army Lt. Gen. James Peake to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lawyer says missing mayor under investigation, has resignedupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 11:20:00

The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, who is the target of a federal investigation into his military disability payments, has resigned after being missing from work for two weeks, his attorney said Wednesday.

New Jersey mayor MIAupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 11:20:00

Atlantic City's embattled mayor has been absent from his post since late September. CNN's Brian Todd reports. Intern of the Week: Willie Bodrick (Georgetown)updated: Thu Jul 19 2007 02:22:00

Name: Willie Bodrick School: Georgetown Year/Age: Sophomore, 19 Major: English, Sociology Job: Intern, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Paid/unpaid: Paid School Credit: No Hours/duration: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4 to Aug. 4 VA Hospital Conditions Criticizedupdated: Mon Jun 18 2007 12:00:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs knew for months that shower heads, handrails and other fixtures posed serious suicide risks to Seattle-area psychiatric patients, but refused to fix the problems

Women at war: Mental health toll unknownupdated: Tue May 22 2007 12:55:00

More American women are closer to combat in Iraq than in any other modern war, and there are many unknowns about the mental health effects they may experience when they come home from the war zone.

Stolen laptop with military data foundupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 17:12:00

A laptop computer and external drive containing personal data on more than 26 million veterans and active duty military personnel have been recovered, officials said Thursday.

Report: VA not doing enough to protect dataupdated: Wed Jun 14 2006 19:02:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs has not done enough to protect its data in the four years since it was first warned of problems, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Source: Theft of vets' data kept secret for 19 daysupdated: Tue May 23 2006 09:12:00

Authorities waited almost three weeks to alert the public that personal data on more than 26 million U.S. veterans had fallen into the hands of thieves, a government source said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Homebuying with no money downupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 16:37:00

This article originally ran in December 2003 and has been updated.

VA hospitals may be target, advisory warnsupdated: Fri Aug 27 2004 12:13:00

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are advising state and local agencies to be aware that terrorists could target Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Vietnamese sue over Agent Orangeupdated: Sun Aug 15 2004 23:41:00

About 100 Vietnamese citizens have joined in a class-action lawsuit against more than 30 chemical companies, seeking compensation for exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

FSB: Government Aid CAPITAL-INTENSIVE IDEASupdated: Fri Jun 01 2001 00:01:00


Fortune: MORE VETERANS' HOMES GO PRIVATEupdated: Mon Mar 25 1991 00:01:00

South Carolina has become the fourth state to subcontract nursing-home care for some of its ailing military veterans. The others: Alabama, Maryland, and Mississippi. More may follow. The number of ...

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