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Trump, 2020 Dem contenders tout efforts to boost veterans

Nov. 11, 2019 6:40 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — On Veterans Day, President Donald Trump paid tribute to America's troops at a New York City parade as top 2020 Democratic candidates outlined their plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as naming a woman to run the agency for the first time. The Democratic proposals,...

Hassan honors 105-year-old veteran

Nov. 9, 2019 7:57 AM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A World War II veteran who will turn 105 on Veterans Day is being honored by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan. Hassan will join Martin Roy, of Manchester, on Saturday at the VA Medical Center to present him with the official Congressional Record she issued to commemorate his birthday. Roy,...

Northern Colorado to get new VA clinic

Oct. 27, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Planning is in the works to build a new Veterans Affairs clinic in Loveland that will give veterans in northern Colorado better access to health care. The Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Health Care System announced that the clinic is expected to open by the winter of 2022. VA spokesman...

Disabled vet faces multiple charges in hospital shooting

Oct. 23, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 60-year-old disabled Army veteran accused of shooting two people at a Florida hospital is facing multiple charges that could send him to prison for decades. The Palm Beach Post reports an indictment unsealed last week charges Larry Ray Bon with three counts of assaulting a...

Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone

Oct. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities. Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It'll go into effect on Dec. 1. The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will...

Man sentenced for selling drugs at VA hospital

Oct. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine at a Massachusetts veterans' hospital has avoided additional prison time. Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Michael Sexton was sentenced Friday to time already served — about two months— and two years of probation. The Bedford...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary. In the book, obtained by The...

Attorney: Lawsuit planned over VA hospital death in WVa

Oct. 16, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a patient who died at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia says he plans to sue over what he believes is the man's suspicious death from a wrongful insulin injection. Charleston attorney Tony O'Dell said a notice of a pending lawsuit...

Fly problem closes 3 operating rooms at VA medical center

Oct. 10, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Manchester VA Medical Center says three operating rooms have been closed out of an abundance of caution after flies were found in one of them. A spokesperson for the Manchester VA said Wednesday that patient care hasn't been impacted. The medical center contacted all patients...

VA hospital patients' families will have free place to stay

Oct. 5, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel "Woody" Williams said a lot has changed since he arrived to work at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 1946. For starters, the medical center now bears his name. It's recognition for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, which...