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Maine committee approves Veterans Bill of Rights proposal

Aug. 4, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has approved a proposal for a “Veterans Bill of Rights” that promises support for vets in the state. Democratic Sen. Mike Carpenter proposed the bill, which is designed to help make sure veterans have access to jobs, education, physical and...

Graffiti on Wisconsin Veterans Museum to be removed

Aug. 3, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Graffiti spray painted on the outside of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum located directly across the street from the state Capitol will be removed starting this week, the state Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday. The building owner, Executive Management, Inc., notified the state...

Massachusetts town seeks faster tests, VA gets PPE on flight

Aug. 1, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

A look at COVID-19 news from around Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut: ___ MASSACHUSETTS Health officials in Provincetown are asking the state to make it possible to get results for tests for the coronavirus within 48 hours as a way to help contain its spread. The...

Veteran pleads guilty to taking guns to VA clinic in Florida

Aug. 1, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bringing a rifle and a handgun to a Florida veterans clinic. Howell E. Camp, 58, pleaded guilty in Pensacola federal court Thursday to carrying a concealed firearm and possession of firearms on federal property, according...

FILE - This May 2018 file photo shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass., where dozens of residents died from the coronavirus during the 2020 pandemic. An independent investigation released Wednesday, June 24, 2020, said the home's leadership made

Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

Jul. 29, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big gaps in federal oversight of long-term care facilities for aging veterans may have contributed to rampant coronavirus infections and more than 200 deaths at state-run homes, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office found the U.S. Department of...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt has returned to his office following two weeks of isolating himself at home after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Stitt said in a statement on his Twitter page Monday, July 27, that he's “glad to be back in the saddle” and encouraged people to regularly wash their hands, socially distance and wear masks when social distancing isn't possible. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

10 residents with COVID-19 at Oklahoma veterans center die

Jul. 28, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten residents at a home for veterans in northeastern Oklahoma have died after being among dozens of residents and staffers there who tested positive for the coronavirus this month, a state official said Tuesday. Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Joel Kintsel...

This photo released Tuesday, July 14, 2020, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. Mays, pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. She was charged with seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with the intent to commit murder of an eighth person. She faces life sentences for each murder. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP)

Fifth lawsuit filed in deaths at West Virginia VA hospital

Jul. 28, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of lawsuits has grown to five involving the sudden deaths of seven patients at a West Virginia veterans hospital where a former nursing assistant admitted to intentionally giving them wrongful insulin injections. A federal lawsuit was filed Monday in the March 2018 death...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo a National Park Service worker picks up trash along the drained Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool as the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are seen in the distance in Washington, at sunrise. Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Report: 2,866 COVID claims, 48 deaths among federal workers

Jul. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review. Through mid-June, families of 48 federal workers had filed death claims with the...

President Donald Trump speaks with Terry Sharpe, known as the

Trump welcomes 'The Walking Marine' to White House

Jul. 27, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday welcomed a Marine veteran to the White House as he completed his 300-mile walk to the nation's capital to raise awareness about the problem of veteran suicide. Terry Sharpe, 69, was met at the Washington Monument by Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President...

Veterans turning more toward teleheath for VA care

Jul. 26, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Walk-in health care options remain for veterans, but they’re the path far less traveled as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. There’s been a seismic shift from offices toward telehealth — video to home services — at the Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC)...