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Michigan veteran gets 5 years for fraud over faked injuries

Sep. 17, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan veteran has been sentenced to five years in prison after investigators who followed him discovered he had faked injuries that allowed him to claim more than $260,000 in federal benefits. Joseph Gray, 53, of Lawton repeatedly claimed he had lost...

Candy, cash, gifts: How rewards help recovery from addiction

Sep. 07, 2022 01:44 AM EDT

Harold Lewis has been fighting drug addiction for years, but only recently started thinking recovery could be fun. The 59-year-old former cook earned small prizes — candy, gum, gift cards, sunglasses and headphones — for attending meetings and staying in treatment for opioid...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 28, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

Brunswick News. July 27, 2022. Editorial: Ossoff’s scrutiny is also needed in other areas The nation can only hope that U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff scrutinizes the effectiveness of the frequently criticized Department of Veterans Affairs with the same ardor as he is the...

Navajo Nation authorized to file benefit claims for veterans

Jul. 03, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration was formally recognized by the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for being the first tribal nation program to receive accreditation to help veterans submit federal benefits claims directly to the VA. VA...

Realignment of veterans' healthcare facilities on hold

Jun. 29, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Proposed changes in veterans' healthcare facilities in South Dakota and elsewhere are on hold for now. Some U.S. senators, including South Dakota's Mike Rounds and John Thune, have agreed to dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to...

Manchin: Commission on veterans facilities to be dismantled

Jun. 27, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of U.S. senators has agreed to effectively dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out closures, downsizing and other significant medical facility changes nationwide, Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday. The West...

Expanded care in works for vets exposed to toxic substances

Jun. 26, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a proposal backed by Maine's senators to provide more care for military veterans who were exposed to toxic substances. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King were among the supporters of the proposal, which is...