Latest Veterans affairs News

VA moves to offer gender confirmation surgery to vets

Jun. 19, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to offer transgender veterans gender confirmation surgery, Secretary Denis McDonough announced at a Pride Month event in Orlando Saturday. McDonough said in prepared remarks that the move was “the...

Veterans court program graduate ‘is as tough as they come’

Jun. 19, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — People typically go to court to be judged for the wrongs they’ve committed against society, not to be praised for being superstars. But when a former drug addict and thief who repeatedly served jail time for her crimes uses the programs and...

New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Jun. 17, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state’s military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn’t sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were...

Wisconsin Veterans Museum to re-open in July

Jun. 10, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Veterans Museum plans to reopen next month after state officials shut it down for 16 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum announced Thursday it will re-open July 1 with new exhibits on Madison natives Roberta Wells and Akira...

Michigan governor signs bills to help veterans, families

Jun. 09, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation on Wednesday that makes it easier for veterans and their families who are licensed professionals to continue their careers when they move to the state. Veterans, active-duty service members and...

Biden ends GOP infrastructure talks, but new group emerges

Jun. 08, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ended talks with a group of Republican senators on a big infrastructure package on Tuesday and started reaching out to senators from both parties in a new effort toward bipartisan compromise, setting a summer deadline for Congress to pass his top...

Deported veteran sues to get naturalization interview in US

Jun. 07, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

Hector Ocegueda-Rivera wanted to head to an interview in Los Angeles with immigration officers so he could become a U.S. citizen — but since he was deported to Mexico, he couldn't get back in the country to do so. Now, the 53-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was...

History lesson: A look at 75 years of North Las Vegas

Jun. 06, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Long before becoming mayor pro tem of North Las Vegas, Isaac Barron was a kid who went dove hunting in the desert off Craig Road and attended classes at Rancho High School, where the motto was “the best is yet to come.” ...

Traumatized veterans heal through the power of nature

Jun. 05, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mario Kovach stood at a trailhead near Hawk Mountain the other day, with the Appalachian Trail stretching to Maine one way and Georgia the other and a perfect blue sky spilling sunshine over everything — a red car parked on the side of the road, a gaggle of genial...

Washington vaccination lottery: cash prize, tuition, flights

Jun. 03, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announcing a series of giveaways that includes lottery drawings totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and...