Latest Veterans affairs News

Youngkin announces lawmakers, others helping with transition

Nov. 24, 2021 20:17 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday he had assembled groups including lawmakers, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate transition work with outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam's administration. ...

Military to help Michigan cope with COVID-19 patient surge

Nov. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government will send 44 military medical staffers to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country, state health officials said Wednesday. It also will open beds at...

Community gathers for veteran's funeral, family not located

Nov. 20, 2021 08:11 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Many of the 100-plus attendees at the recent funeral for Army Spc. Michael J. Gilmer at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery had never met the veteran. Gilmer, 52, died in late October in the Fort Harrison Veterans Affairs Medical Center's intensive...

Arkansas panel delays vote on agencies' vaccine requirements

Nov. 19, 2021 17:58 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Friday delayed a vote on whether to allow state-run health care facilities to require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a move officials say is needed to protect millions of dollars in federal funding. The Arkansas...

5 convicted of stealing veteran, Social Security benefits

Nov. 16, 2021 15:49 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Five men have been convicted in South Florida of running a scheme to steal more than $1.8 million in veteran and Social Security benefits. A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale found Omar Shaquille Bailey and Ronaldo Garfield Green guilty last...

Unions seek bargaining rights for National Guard members

Nov. 15, 2021 18:24 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Labor unions filed a lawsuit Monday seeking collective bargaining rights for Connecticut National Guard members on active state duty ordered by the governor, saying they should be entitled to organize the same way as civilian state employees. A...

New treatment court gives N.C. veterans a second chance

Nov. 15, 2021 00:16 AM EST

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Judges typically frown upon applause in their courtrooms. And the people appearing before those judges typically do not select a treat once the hearing has concluded. The Catawba County Veterans Treatment Court is unlike most courts. ...

UNC law students help Vietnam War veteran get Purple Heart

Nov. 14, 2021 00:16 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Army veteran John Spencer Jr. returned home from the Vietnam War at 21 years old, he was immediately stripped of his dog tags, uniform and dignity. “It was almost like being a criminal,” Spencer said. Instead of being...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 12, 2021 17:16 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 8, 2021. Editorial: Federal prescription plan has been on Maine’s agenda for years The Build Back Better plan includes a price negotiation system for prescription drugs, and all of Maine’s congressional delegation...

Officials break ground on new veterans hospital in Kentucky

Nov. 12, 2021 04:14 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After years of planning, the Department of Veterans Affairs broke ground on a new hospital in Louisville. The $840 million project is being built on Brownsboro Road and will replace the aging Robley Rex VA Medical Center on Zorn Avenue. ...