Latest Veterans affairs News

Police fatally shoot gunman at VA hospital in Milwaukee

Jul. 7, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man armed with a shotgun was killed by police as he tried to enter a Milwaukee veterans hospital, according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials. The man was stopped by VA police outside an entrance to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center about 8:40 p.m. Monday. Police ordered him to...

Suit over sex abuse at Kansas VA hospital goes to trial

Jul. 7, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A lawsuit against a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas where a former physician assistant molested countless patients involves “the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the VA," a lawyer for one of the victims told a federal judge Tuesday. “Countless...

Disabled veteran committed for shooting 2 in Florida ER

Jul. 7, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A disabled Army veteran convicted of shooting and wounding two people inside a Florida veterans clinic has been committed to a mental health care facility for 25 years. A federal judge in West Palm Beach ordered Larry Ray Bon's commitment on Monday, according to court records....

Bill would help wounded veterans and their caregivers

Jul. 5, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire would strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs' caregiver program. The VA provides stipends and support to caregivers for wounded veterans. To be eligible, veterans must have sustained or aggravated a serious injury...

Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, talks to reporters after touring the Kansas City VA Medical Center, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Civil rights organizations are pushing for changes at the hospital after numerous complaints from Black employees about harassment and discrimination. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

Jul. 2, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, made his comments after...

In this May 3, 2020 provided by TeleHealth Access for Seniors, Yale student Hannah Verma poses for a photograph near a table with mobile devices in Longwood, Fla. Verma co-founded the nonprofit that gathers smartphones and tablets that are then distributed to patients in need. The organization has gathered over 700 devices to distribute to patients around the country through doctor's offices and clinics. (Arjun Verma/TeleHealth Access for Seniors via AP)

Pandemic forces some patients to phone in doctor visits

Jun. 25, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend. The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to talk to...

Victoria Haddox, 33, of Rio Rancho, looks at the shuttered entrance of New Mexico state capitol Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Haddox, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5890, was among a crowd of 20 members of private clubs and fraternal orders who gathered to urge the governor to lift their organizations from a COVID-19 closure order. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico cases near 11,000 as vets call for posts to open

Jun. 24, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The statewide total of COVID-19 infections in New Mexico neared 11,000 on Wednesday as health officials reported an additional 156 positive tests and four more deaths. The latest cases come as the state eases restrictions on some segments of the economy, including allowing breweries,...

Man gets probation after admitting to $2.5m in kickbacks

Jun. 22, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Florida man who admitted taking more than $2.5 million in kickbacks and bribes for construction projects on federal buildings, including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, has been sentenced to three years probation. Bhaskar Patel, 69, was sentenced Friday...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames protesters for low rally turnout

Jun. 21, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely said at his rally Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. Scrambling to explain an unusually thin rally crowd, his campaign wrongly pinned blame on...

Virginia county transfers vacant land to disabled veteran

Jun. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Stafford County officials gave 8,000 square feet of vacant land to a disabled Stafford veteran so he can build an accessible bathroom and shower onto his home. “You don’t know how happy I am,” said George Woodall, 74. “I feel like it’s been a...