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A Better Environment for Veterans

Navy veteran Rik Villarreal greets American Legion official Verna Jones at the American Legion in El Paso, Texas. The Legion is hosting crisis centers in different cities to help vets get appointments and benefits from the VA. Juan Carlos Llorca/AP

In reaction to the scandal that surfaced within the Department of Veterans Affairs last spring, The American Legion began setting up Veterans Crisis Command Centers (VCCCs) in cities and towns across the nation. Putting Legion staff side by side with VA staff, the centers allowed veterans a chance to enroll in the VA health-care system, file ben... more

Bill to Shield Veterans Services From Government Shutdown Advances

Capitol Building

WASHINGTON -- A bill to secure the funding of veterans' services in a time of uncertain federal budgets won an initial legislative victory on Capitol Hill this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will call a vote before the end of the year on the Putting Veterans Funding First Act. Reid announced this in a letter sent Tuesd... more

Troops, Vets to Get Checked for Chemical Exposure in Iraq

Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, uncovered these munitions in a large weapons cache in Iraq on Sept. 28, 2005. Kevin Bromley/Army

The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to service members and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while ... more

Former Navy SEAL Probed Over Bin Laden Revelations

Osama bin Laden

A former member of the Navy SEALs who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under criminal investigation for possibly revealing classified material, The New York Times reported. Matt Bissonnette wrote a first-hand account called No Easy Day under the pseudonym Mark Owen. He landed in hot water with the Pentagon, who said he d... more

Soldier or Civilian, Ebola Protocols Not the Same

U.S. personnel construct the Monrovia Medical Unit site in Monrovia, Liberia. The MMU is being constructed in the event any medical workers in the area catch Ebola while assisting in Operation United Assistance. Craig Philbrick/Army

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends. The Pentagon has put in place the most stringent Ebola s... more

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