Veterans

Washington Report (March 21, 2017) Veterans who received other-than-honorable discharges will have access within a few months to mental-health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs if the agency’s boss has his way. VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers last week that the VA has the... Read more
Washington Report (March 14, 2017) The Department of Veterans Affairs secretary asked a congressional committee last week to extend a program that allows veterans to seek care outside of VA clinics and hospitals. The Choice Card program was created in 2014 to allow veterans who live more than 40... Read more
Washington Report (February 14, 2017) Democrats in the House are lining up behind a bill that would exempt veterans from the federal government hiring freeze put in place when President Donald Trump signed an executive order less than one week after taking office. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.,... Read more
Washington Report (February 7, 2017) The unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans is significantly higher than the overall rate for veterans. Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq showed an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent in January   The figures reflect about 211,000 of... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Retired Maj. Gen. David B. Poythress, a veteran of the war in Vietnam and the Georgia adjutant general from 1999 until 2007, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 73. Poythress, who held the state rank of lieutenant general, had served as the Georgia... Read more
(January 3, 2017) President-elect Donald Trump lost two candidates for the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary position over the weekend. Luis Quinonez, a Florida businessman, said health concerns kept him from seeking the job, and Toby Cosgrove, the chief-executive officer of Cleveland Clinic... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation last week that would expand the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists... Read more
Washington Report (December 13, 2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs is shortchanging women veterans regarding health care, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, which found that about one-third of VA medical facilities lack an onsite gynecologist. The GAO found... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2016) — All retired National Guardsmen and Reservists are now only a presidential signature away from finally being recognized as veterans. Congress approved legislation late last week that expands the legal definition of a veteran to include Guardsmen and Reservists that... Read more
Washington Report (November 15, 2016) Most women in uniform believe their military service is underappreciated by society, according to a poll released this week. In a new Service Women's Action Network survey, nearly 75 percent of the women said their military service is not understood or valued... Read more

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