Latest Veterans affairs News

Veterans group: Pentagon broke agreement to reopen database

Feb. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon has reneged on its agreement to reopen a vast records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Tuesday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said the Defense Department has failed to make public...

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's exaggerations on Roger Stone sentence

Feb. 17, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the Justice Department's handling of the legal case of his confidant, Roger Stone. He's suggesting rampant bias in the department's initial recommendation to a federal court that Stone be sentenced between seven and nine years in prison, claiming...

Family of combat veteran wants standardized reentry program

Feb. 15, 2020 2:50 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The family of a Marine Corps veteran who died last year wants the government to develop a standardized reentry program for soldiers returning from combat before they leave the military. Family members of Tyler Reeb, a decorated Marine who grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, have...

President Donald Trump displays photos of the border wall under construction as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wall claim is beyond 'redemption'

Feb. 15, 2020 8:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the public that Mexico is covering the cost, just as he promised...

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Grimsley discusses his plan for the new South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster nominated Grimsley for the job Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Army general is SC governor's 2nd pick to run veteran agency

Feb. 11, 2020 6:21 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tapped a retired U.S. Army major general Tuesday to be his second choice to run the state's new Department of Veteran's Affairs. Maj. Gen. William Grimsley of Beaufort came highly recommended before McMaster chose state Rep. Bobby Cox to lead the...

FBI: Woman who shot man at VA hospital was seeking treatment

Feb. 10, 2020 12:52 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say that a woman who shot a man outside a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in North Carolina was at the facility to seek mental health treatment. WRAL cited court documents on Monday that said Jasmine Laquanmoyea Thomas was taken to the facility in...

Hawaii House defers bill expanding police firearms searches

Feb. 10, 2020 9:36 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House of Representatives has deferred action on a bill that would have expanded police powers to search for firearms without obtaining a warrant. The bill was deferred by lawmakers during a joint hearing of the Public Safety, Veterans, and Military Affairs and the Judiciary...

This photo taking Feb. 2, 2020, shows Jill and Frank Larkin, a former Sergeant of Arms at the U.S. Senate, talking about their son Ryan Larkin, a decorated Navy SEAL who committed suicide after suffering from undiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury.  (Joshua McKerrow/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Navy SEAL’s family pushes for recognition of brain injuries

Feb. 9, 2020 9:00 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — As a decorated Navy SEAL operator and explosives breacher, Ryan Larkin was regularly exposed to high-impact blast waves throughout his 10 years of service. Struggling with the psychological effects of serving in four combat tours and an undiagnosed brain injury, Larkin died by suicide...

Police investigate shooting at Veterans Affairs hospital

Feb. 8, 2020 1:39 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — One person was in custody after a shooting at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Fayetteville, police said. WRAL-TV reports that investigators said a man was in the emergency room at the hospital Friday afternoon when a woman came in with a gun and shot him. The man...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the New Hampshire Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Buttigieg pitches military service to veterans

Feb. 6, 2020 4:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is pitching his military service to voters in New Hampshire, a state where nearly 10% of residents are veterans. Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran, said at a...