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The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans.

Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books.

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New Beginnings in Santa Barbara is one of hundreds of non-profits across the country that are part of the VA's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program designed to fight Veteran homelessness by providing supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing who are in danger of losing their housing.
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“What the hell am I supposed to do next?” he had asked his commanding officer when he was medically discharged from the Army, which had provided his income, his sense of purpose, his self-esteem and 15 of his closest friends in a platoon they called “The Brotherhood.”
Mike Yurchison and his girlfriend, Leigh Anna Landsberger, this month at the Elbow Room bar in Dallas. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times

THE only reason he is alive, says Mike Yurchison, is his girlfriend, Leigh Anna Landsberger. She sits with him through endless waits at Veterans Affairs, whispering that he’s smarter than she is even if his brain is damaged. She helps him through his seizures, and she nags him to overcome drug addiction.

Chase Massner went missing in Cobb County, Georgia on March 27, 2014. If you have any information please contact Dectective Twiggs at the Cobb County Sheriff's Department, 678 493-4200. A photo of Chase can be seen at the link.
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Phase One of this project is pairing Veterans up with a dog from Best Friends Animal Society or NKLA, if they don‘t have a rescued dog of their own. The dogs they are paired up with will be chosen by the Veterans, not the program, and they will become their therapy dog or service dog in training. The dogs are taught basic to advanced obedience skills, followed by animal assisted therapy or service dog in training techniques. Whatever the need of each Veteran with their dog will be provided free of charge.
President Obama applauding Medal of Honor awardees

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans Tuesday, most of whom were 

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The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) and the Veterans Defense Project (VDP) proudly announce the release of The Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court (Defending Veterans), ready for distribution by March 1, 2014.  This legal treatise is the culmination of ten years of dedicated work that began in 2004: seven years trying to edit a previous edition of the book by NVF Founder and President Shad Meshad, and three years of serious combined editing work on new content by Brock Hunter and the VDP.  The VDP is a new nonprofit formed specifical

"The Warrior Transition Command encourages every wounded, ill and injured soldier to have a sport to call their own," said Army Lt. Col. Keith L. Williams, head of the Warrior Transition Command's adaptive reconditioning program. "When soldiers face injury or illness, they can still participate in sports and other physical activities. These activities significantly enhance their physical and emotional recovery … . The soldiers and Army veterans on this year's Paralympic team represent the enduring strength and resilience of the Army."
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Dozens of uninsured and disabled veterans owed compensation for emergency health care costs were erroneously turned down by the Department of Veterans Affairs, federal investigators say.