Latest Veterans affairs News

Director: Montana VA wait times down, expansion underway

Jan. 18, 2020 11:09 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Patient wait times have improved at the VA Montana Health Care System and an expansion is underway at the medical center at Fort Harrison, according to the system's new director. Dr. Judy Hayman said in a recent speech updating the state of the Montana VA system that staffing is nearly...

Raimondo aims to close Veterans Home deficit and boost funds

Jan. 17, 2020 1:45 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced plans to bolster the Rhode Island Veterans Home in her tax and spending plan for this fiscal year. The plan would close the $2 million deficit in fiscal year 2020 and increase funding next year, WPRI-TV reported. Officials say the proposal will...

Man sentenced for Colorado veterans affairs bribery scheme

Jan. 15, 2020 6:44 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A businessman was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to bribe a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official in Colorado, court records said. Anthony Bueno, 45, was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, The...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, an ice and snow covered road leads up to the main building on the Veterans Affairs campus, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Knoxville, Iowa. After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans to take control of the property and likely demolish most of the structures. City and county officials signed documents Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, taking ownership of the 153-acre property. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Small Iowa city agrees to plan for huge federal ghost town

Jan. 15, 2020 6:03 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town of crumbling brick buildings, leaders of a small Iowa city announced plans Wednesday to finally take control of the property and likely demolish most of the...

State to close assisted living center at veterans home

Jan. 15, 2020 5:19 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State military officials announced Wednesday that they'll close an assisted living facility for veterans in southeastern Wisconsin this spring. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs said it plans to close Fairchild Hall on the Wisconsin Southern Center's Union Grove campus. The...

Thousands rallied and marched from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Florida Historic Capitol to demand more money for public schools Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Educators throng Florida Capitol to fight for more money

Jan. 13, 2020 5:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of school workers from around the state thronged Florida's Capitol on Monday to press Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature to more than double the nearly $1 billion the governor is proposing for teacher raises and bonuses. Large crowds of demonstrators streamed into the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Pelosi, Dems defended Iran general

Jan. 13, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the impeachment investigation and Democrats' stance on Iran strained the truth on various fronts, from claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to asserting that even Ukraine's president said Trump did...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions are across the board

Jan. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump systematically fabricated his record before boisterous supporters and the eyes of the world this past week. To a core question — did the U.S. killing of an Iranian general avoid an imminent attack on U.S. interests? — there is no definitive answer days...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, veterans, family members, guests and volunteers raise American flags during the official grand opening of New Freedom Farm in Buchanan, Va. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

Veteran center helped by Gold Star parents opens

Jan. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EST

BUCHANAN, Va. (AP) — “ Will the people that have a flag in their hand raise the flag up?” asked New Freedom Farm founder Lois Fritz. Inside the newly renovated meeting room, 22 people raised the small American flags Fritz had given to them before her presentation started. “If you...

Payment dispute keeps vet from using prosthetic legs

Jan. 10, 2020 1:34 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An Army veteran in Mississippi who served in Vietnam and Iraq says a dispute over payments has left him unable to use a pair of expensive prosthetic legs. Jerry Holliman, 69, told the Clarion Ledger the Veterans Affairs department wouldn't pay for the legs. And he says he doesn't...