Suicide at Florida VA Hospital Offers Window Into Older Veterans' Pain

Veteran contemplating behind window.

Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw. "It was a rough one," said his brother, Stephan Reitmann. "Emotionally, it did a number on his mind." Gerhard Reitmann had trouble holding a job. He often kept to himself and, until recently... more

Tomah VA Shutting Psych Unit, Offering Top Dollar for Psychiatrists

Tomah VA Medical Center

Citing staff shortages, the beleaguered Tomah VA Medical Center is closing its inpatient psychiatric unit, halting psychiatric admissions to a residential treatment center and permanently curtailing urgent care hours. The hospital stopped admitting new psych patients Wednesday and will temporarily close the 11-bed unit next week, the VA announc... more

GOP Candidate Ben Carson Suggests Doing Away With the VA

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is interviewed in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Danny Johnston/AP

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson suggested eliminating the Department of Veterans Affairs in a talk radio interview Wednesday, leading to swift condemnation from one veterans group. The former Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon said problems with the Veterans Affairs health system are discouraging people from joining the military in... more

Medics Bring Their Military Experience to New Orleans

New Orleans EMS

Veterans are applying their military training to communities that have a history of violent—often deadly—crime. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Scott Higgins had just finished training to be a paramedic in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. So the Army sent him to help people in New Orleans for two weeks. Eventually Hig... more

US 'to Deploy Heavy Weapons to Poland in 2016'

U.S. Secretary of State Ashton Carter (right) greets Poland's Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak at the Pentagon on May 19, 2015 (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

WARSAW -- Poland's defense minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine. Washington had said in June it would store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in sever... more

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