Latest Veterans affairs News

Rhode Island House speaker explains budget plan to lawmakers

Jun. 18, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House speaker explained to lawmakers what's in the budget and why on Tuesday, answering several of their questions about the planned increase in medical marijuana dispensaries. Democratic Speaker Nicholas Mattiello held a budget briefing Tuesday at the Statehouse,...

Maine might relax residency rules for legal pot businesses

Jun. 14, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee in Maine has approved legal marijuana rules that would relax residency requirements for companies involved in the pot business. The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted on Thursday to approve the rules and send them to the full Maine Legislature. State...

AP FACT CHECK: No sign of Trump-Mexico deal on farm goods

Jun. 10, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is bragging about a new deal with Mexico that provides for "large" sales of U.S. farm goods, but it doesn't appear to exist. In weekend tweets, he announced in all capital letters that he had won the agreement to benefit America's "great patriot farmers," and that...

Legal pot faces final public hearing test in Maine

Jun. 10, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's tentative rules about legalized recreational marijuana are up for a key hearing that could represent one of the proposal's final hurdles before approval. The proposal is scheduled for a public hearing before the Maine Legislature's Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the credit and blame game

Jun. 8, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The apportioning of credit and blame went awry in President Donald Trump's remarks over the past week. He hailed pristine air quality that isn't, placed responsibility on Mexico for the entire U.S. drug problem and told Puerto Ricans they should love him because he got them hurricane aid...

Veteran accused of placing explosive device at VA hospital

Jun. 5, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 60-year-old U.S. Army veteran faces up to 10 years in prison on charges that he placed an improvised explosive device at a Florida Veterans Affairs hospital. A federal criminal complaint says Mark Edward Allen made his initial appearance in court Tuesday and is being detained. A U.S....

Honor guards' falling membership impacting funeral services

Jun. 1, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Veterans groups around Northeast Iowa are struggling to provide honor guards for veterans' funeral services because of decreasing membership. Oftentimes, veteran service organizations provide honor guards when reserve units can't because of the lack of active duty bases in the area. A...

VA schedules health care town hall in New Hampshire

Jun. 1, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a town hall meeting in New Hampshire to answer any questions about a new community care program that it will roll out next week. The event takes place from Monday evening at the Manchester VA Medical Center. The town hall will discuss...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama's gains for vets

May. 27, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. Trump said he passed a private-sector health care program, Veterans Choice, after failed...

Veterans home getting $1M for laundry, kitchen upgrades

May. 26, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

TILTON, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Veterans Home is getting more than $1 million in funding for some renovations. The grant for the Tilton home is funded through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The money will be used for upgrades to the laundry and kitchen facilities. Peggy LaBrecque, commandant of...