Latest Veterans affairs News

VA hospital director in NH to oversee Connecticut VA system

Sep. 20, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The director of New Hampshire's veterans hospital has been named the director of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, overseeing the delivery of health care to about 59,000 veterans throughout the state and southern New England. Alfred Montoya Jr. joined the VA in 2009 and held...

Fourth patient named in probe of veterans hospital deaths

Sep. 19, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The family of a fourth patient is seeking answers as authorities investigate multiple suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. Lawyer Dino Colombo says he's representing the family of 85-year-old Army veteran Archie Edgell, who died at the Louis A. Johnson...

Prosecutors: Nurse took drugs intended for dying veterans

Sep. 18, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former nurse at a veterans' hospital in Massachusetts took liquid morphine intended for dying patients for her own use and then administered diluted doses. Prosecutors say 55-year-old Kathleen Noftle took the drugs in 2017 from veterans under her care in the hospice...

Report of ant infestation pushes VA to make changes

Sep. 17, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An official has been put on leave and others reassigned following a report of a cancer patient bitten more than 100 times by ants at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs living center in Georgia. Dr. Richard Stone, the Veterans Health Administration executive in charge, said in a news...

Surgeon banned from operating room at Wichita VA hospital

Sep. 17, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A surgeon accused of mishandling surgeries in Missouri is banned from the operating room of the Wichita Veteran Affairs hospital while his work is being reviewed. The Kansas City Star reports Veteran Affair's banned urologist Christel Wambi-Kiesse from doing surgeries at the Robert...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on economy; Dems' selective facts

Sep. 16, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant , shattering all economic records for...

Mississippi veterans can get free dental care this month

Sep. 15, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most veterans do not get dental care through the Veterans Administration unless they're 100% disabled, have a service-related mouth injury or were a prisoner of war. This week, Aspen Dental's MouthMobile will change that for veterans in Jackson. WLBT-TV reports the MouthMobile is a...

Senator wants answers after reports of ant infestation at VA

Sep. 14, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after a Georgia woman said her father was bitten more than 100 times by ants at a veterans' home in Decatur. Isakson says he was horrified and "downright maddened" after Laquna Ross told WSB-TV...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Dems and their tale of 2 countries

Sep. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant — and, hey, how about those...

Trump mocks Democrats, vows new tax cut on Baltimore visit

Sep. 13, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package, as he returned to the city he recently disparaged as a "rat and rodent infested mess." Trump spoke on Thursday to House Republicans attending an annual retreat...