Latest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs News

Report: Oversight lapses at impaired pathologist's hospital

Jun. 02, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas veterans hospital's poor oversight caused it to miss the errors made by a pathologist who was fired for being impaired on duty and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday. ...

Connecticut town honors veterans exposed to Agent Orange

May. 31, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

ANDOVER, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town has a new monument to veterans exposed to Agent Orange, a project spearheaded by a local veteran who says he was harmed by the Vietnam War-era defoliant. The new memorial is set to be dedicated Saturday in Andover Veterans...

Federal vaccine doses not included in Washington state count

May. 24, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations from two federal health care providers have not been counted in official Washington state vaccination statistics, complicating the state's pandemic response, officials said. Vaccinations from the Department of Defense...

Va. shelter welcomes back homeless veterans, others in need

May. 22, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — McDonald Kearney stepped out of a van and into the parking lot of Trust House, holding a backpack full of his belongings. About a month ago, Kearney was living in a mold-infested condominium in North Carolina, dealing with an alcohol addiction and...

Push on to expand care for vets exposed to toxic substances

May. 17, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Senators from New England and North Carolina want to expand health care options for veterans who suffered exposure to toxic substances. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of...

Former VA employee sentenced for conspiring to accept bribes

May. 13, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to accept bribes in exchange for steering grants to a construction company. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Daniel Bruce Ross of Hope Mills worked for the...

Young vets in Missouri die by suicide at high rate

May. 05, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Kindall Johnson woke up early that October Saturday to get to his fraternity’s Homecoming Day tailgate. On the way out the door of his parents’ house, he shouted a goodbye to his mother, Kathy Davis: “Love ya, Ma!” ...

Bill would give US vets of 1966 Spain bomb accident benefits

Apr. 15, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. veterans who were exposed to radiation while responding to a 1966 hydrogen bomb accident in Spain would be made eligible for disability benefits that have been denied to them for decades by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under legislation introduced in...

Virus affecting small towns more; governor extends order

Apr. 15, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s growing number of COVID-19 cases is disproportionately affecting smaller towns. The 20 ZIP codes with the highest infection rate in the last month are concentrated in York, Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties, and only three...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Apr. 14, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ April 14 The Bowling Green Daily News on the recent approval of federal funding for a new nursing home for military veterans: More than a decade of diligent work...