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Burn pits recognition for veterans took decade of struggle

Aug. 09, 2022 00:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rosie Torres of Robstown, Texas, is no Washington lobbyist, but she’s been making the long trek to Capitol Hill for some 13 years, knocking year after year on lawmakers’ doors. Her mission: Alert them — convince them — that something awful has been happening to Iraq and...

Senate approves bill to aid vets exposed to toxic burn pits

Aug. 02, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill enhancing health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits won final approval in the Senate on Tuesday, ending a brief stalemate over the measure that had infuriated advocates and inspired some to camp outside the Capitol. ...

EXPLAINER: How health care for vets became fight in Congress

Aug. 02, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would enhance health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits hit a snag in the Senate last week, angering advocates like comedian Jon Stewart who say help from the government is long overdue. Lawmakers have been...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 01, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. July 29, 2022. Editorial: Gerrymandered board of education districts do not accord with Ohio law and should be revised: editorial Ohio voters created the State Board of Education in 1953. As the law is currently constituted, 11 of the board’s...

States hope for revenue boost with Mega Millions craze

Jul. 29, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

A bump in college scholarships for New Mexico students. A new bike trail nestled in the western slope of Colorado. More homeless shelters in Arizona. When lottery sales soar, players holding the golden ticket aren’t the only ones who win. Across the U.S., state lottery systems use...

Burn pits legislation nears finish line with House approval

Jul. 13, 2022 22:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a significant expansion of health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 342-88 vote all but assures the measure will soon go to President...

Woman charged with posing as sick Marine vet to plead guilty

Jul. 12, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman who authorities say pretended to be a decorated Marine Corps veteran with cancer to fraudulently collect about $250,000 in veterans benefits and charitable contributions has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Sarah...

Navajo Nation authorized to file benefit claims for veterans

Jul. 03, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration was formally recognized by the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for being the first tribal nation program to receive accreditation to help veterans submit federal benefits claims directly to the VA. VA...

Black veteran groups seek policy agenda on racial inequities

Jun. 23, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

As a young man in Memphis, Tennessee, Robert Dabney Jr. wanted to blaze a path that could set his family up for a better life. So two weeks after high school graduation in 1998, at age 18, he joined the U.S. Army. During nine years of service that included two tours in Iraq, Dabney...

Miss Georgia pageant has first special-needs contestant

Jun. 18, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Kelsey Norris needs only one word to summarize her reaction to learning that she is the first candidate with an intellectual disability to qualify for the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition in its 77-year history. “Happiness,” she told the...