Latest Veterans affairs News

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...

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...

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...

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...

Woman: Ants bit father, covered the walls at Georgia VA home

Sep. 12, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman says her father was bitten more than 100 times by ants at a government veterans' home where his room was full of insects. Laquna Ross found her father Joel Marrable with swollen, red bumps all over his body when she visited him at the nursing home near Atlanta last week...

Third family comes forward in probe of VA hospital deaths

Sep. 12, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A third family has come forward in an investigation of multiple suspicious patient deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. Attorney Tony O'Dell says Thursday he's representing the family of Navy veteran John Hallman after the 87-year-old died at the Louis A. Johnson...

VA investigating sexual assaults at West Virginia hospital

Sep. 11, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating allegations of sexual assaults at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. The VA inspector general issued a statement this week saying the office is working with federal law enforcement to look into multiple assaults at the Beckley VA...

VA may have to pay billions in vets' emergency care bills

Sep. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied reimbursements for such care received at non-VA facilities. The ruling by the U.S. Court of...

Veterans with PTSD, anxiety turn to beekeeping for relief

Sep. 11, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Gently lifting a wooden frame containing dozens of Italian honeybees, Vince Ylitalo seemed transfixed as he and several other veterans inspected the buzzing insects. "This is really cool," he said, pointing to a bee with blobs of orange pollen on its hind legs. Ylitalo, who has...