Latest Veterans affairs News

As government tackles veteran suicide, SC vet shares story

Jul. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Army veteran Joyce Letellier stopped herself from saying her future is bright. "I don't want to sound corny," the 61-year-old Hanahan resident said. Instead, she stresses she cares about her life now and doesn't want to die anymore. "If that makes sense," Letellier said. It's...

New Hampshire veterans hospital scales back clinic hours

Jul. 17, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The urgent care facility at New Hampshire's only veterans medical center is reducing its hours, forcing veterans to go elsewhere to get treatment in the evenings and overnight. The Manchester clinic now offers around-the-clock care but after Aug. 30, it will only accept walk-ins from 8...

Dubuque OKs plans to overhaul island veterans memorial

Jul. 17, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Dubuque City Council has approved plans to add more features and improve a veterans memorial at Chaplain Schmitt Island in the Mississippi River. The Telegraph Herald reports that the $3.2 million project will include green space, landscaping and LED lighting in and around Veterans...

Benefits of the MISSION Act subject of Indiana town hall

Jul. 16, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a town hall in southwestern Indiana to talk about new health care options for ex-military. With the implementation of the MISSION Act last month, Veteran Affairs officials say the agency has improved its ability to provide health care...

Alabama seeks site for a new veterans home

Jul. 16, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a location in southeast Alabama to build the state's fifth veterans home. Al.com says the department sent out requests for site selection proposals Monday. The plan is to build a 182,000-square-foot (16,900-square-meter) home...

Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is 'very close'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own

Jul. 13, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump. The...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 12, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT Post-9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility gets a reprieve The Day July 11 A restriction in Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits for family dependents of service members, scheduled to start Friday, has been delayed at least until January. That's welcome news for families of...

Homicide detective assigned to investigate veteran's death

Jul. 10, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say a longtime homicide detective has been assigned to investigate a veteran's death after an altercation with Veterans Affairs police at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. The Kansas City Star reports that police spokesman Jacob Becchina says the results of the investigation...