Latest Veterans affairs News

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. Jonathan Yates pleaded guilty in court filings to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which...

Long delays for burials at veterans cemetery in Union Grove

Sep. 16, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

UNION GROVE, Wis. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and staffing shortages have caused long delays for burials at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove, according to state officials. Families are waiting at least six weeks to bury their loved ones. Wisconsin Department of Veterans...

VA to help quell COVID-19 outbreak in Hawaii veterans home

Sep. 12, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has sent a team of health care staffers to help contain a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans home in Hawaii. Ten residents have died at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, officials said Friday, and the majority of its 74 residents have...

FILE - This June 21, 2013, file photo, shows the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington.  In a federal lawsuit filed this week, U.S. Navy veteran from South Carolina says he ended up with “full-blown AIDS,” because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in 1995. He says the test was done as part of standard lab tests at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. A V.A. spokeswoman says the agency typically does not comment on pending litigation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

US Navy veteran: For 2 decades, VA never told him he had HIV

Sep. 11, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

A U.S. Navy veteran had no idea he was living with the virus that causes AIDS for more than two decades, because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in the mid-1990s, he says. In a federal lawsuit filed this week, the South Carolina man says he ended up with...

RI Veterans Home owes $5M to improperly billed residents

Sep. 10, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Veterans Home must pay back millions of dollars to dozens of residents who federal investigators say were improperly billed for care. Veterans Home spokesperson Meghan Connelly said the state owes $5 million after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that the...

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., acknowledges supporters as he arrives at the office of the Secretary of State to register as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bill Cassidy launches his first TV ad ahead of fall election

Sep. 9, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Wednesday started television advertising for his reelection bid, launching a 30-second spot that focuses on his work on veterans' issues. The Republican senator, running for a second six-year term on the Nov. 3 ballot, serves on the Senate's Committee on...

Matt Mowers speaks before a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. Mowers is a Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District in New Hampshire's Sept. 8, primary election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Mowers, Negron win NH GOP primaries, to face Pappas, Kuster

Sep. 9, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

A former official in President Donald Trump’s State Department will take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in November in a race that will offer stark solutions to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the economic toll it has taken on New Hampshire. Matt Mowers, a 31-year-old former Trump official,...

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‘Corky’ Messner wins GOP Senate primary to challenge Shaheen

Sep. 8, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bryant “Corky” Messner won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating a fellow veteran and setting up a bid to deny U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen a third term. Messner, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc and...

President Donald Trump gestures for Larry Kudlow, White House chief economic adviser, to speak during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's errant views on voting, Biden miscues

Sep. 7, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been putting forth convoluted guidance to his supporters on submitting double votes in the November election, an act that would be illegal and risk public safety in the pandemic. In a week filled with fabrication, half-truths and misrepresentation, he also...

President Donald Trump speaks as he tours an emergency operations center and meets with law enforcement officers at Mary D. Bradford High School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on McCain; Biden's stretch on virus

Sep. 5, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he never called John McCain a loser — he did — and denigrated the record of the late Republican senator on veterans affairs despite routinely appropriating one of McCain’s crowning achievements on that front as his own. Trump distorted...