Latest Veterans affairs News

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 28, 2020, on the Department of Veterans Affairs response to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

VA says it'll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets

May. 28, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19. At a House hearing, he defended initial use of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients as justified “to give them...

Bill Forchion, of Brattleboro, Vt., paints hearts onto slate and gives them out for free to people in the community in hopes of raising their spirits Thursday, May 28, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont tests Rutland prison; no coronavirus cases found

May. 28, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections said Thursday it has completed testing of inmates and staff at the Rutland prison for the virus that causes COVID-19 and no cases were detected. The department announced the results of the tests of 117 inmates and 87 staff members of the Marble...

GAR High School teachers Tim Lavelle, left, and Kathy Genovese surprise GAR senior Honesty Lopez with her graduation yard sign, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. GAR High School principals and teachers met earlier as a group to go out to student houses within the district to surprise the students with graduation yards signs. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Pro sports can resume in Pennsylvania, without spectators

May. 27, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Professional sports can resume in Pennsylvania where the governor's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus is no longer in force, but without spectators, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Wednesday. Those teams and competitors will be allowed to practice or play...

Veteran charged with taking guns to VA clinic in Florida

May. 26, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran has been indicted on federal charges of bringing a rifle and a handgun to a Florida veterans clinic with the intent to commit a crime. A federal grand jury in Pensacola formally charged Howell E. Camp, 58, in a three-count indictment last week, according to court...

A bugler plays Taps as a motorcade of veterans stops outside the VA Medical Center for a wreath laying ceremony beside memorial stones on the premises, Monday, May 25, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York marks 'especially poignant' Memorial Day amid virus

May. 25, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers marked Memorial Day with car convoys and small ceremonies instead of big parades as the coronavirus reshaped the solemn holiday, blending tributes to virus victims and frontline workers with the traditional remembrance of the nation's war dead. In a year that marks the 75th...

Veterans hospital makes changes after COVID-19 outbreak

May. 25, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Hospital in Portland is making changes after a recent outbreak of coronavirus. A doctor tells KATU News a patient came in for another issue, and two days later was determined to be positive for COVID-19. Officials say 28 employees and at least six others became...

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AP FACT CHECK: Faulty Trump claims on virus drug, vote fraud

May. 25, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger. So it was this past week when he took very personally a scientific study that should give pause to anyone thinking of following Trump's lead and ingesting a potentially risky drug for the coronavirus. He...

Manchester VA celebrating Memorial Day via Facebook

May. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the Veterans Affairs Manchester Healthcare System is not celebrating Memorial Day with a public gathering, but rather, a Facebook tribute. The Monday ceremony will mirror its traditional service and is being prerecorded in alignment with the...

FILE - This Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump trashing virus science he doesn't like

May. 23, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger. So it was this past week when he took very personally a scientific study that should give pause to anyone thinking of following Trump's lead and ingesting a potentially risky drug for the coronavirus. He...

First residents move into veteran housing collective

May. 22, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The first residents have moved into a Massachusetts housing cooperative for veterans. Army veterans Vicky Perby and Alzina Young moved into the Katie Doherty Veterans Village in Pittsfield on Thursday, the Berkshire Eagle reported. Soldier On CEO Bruce Buckley said the village is...