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An internal Veterans Affairs audit released Monday said tens of thousands of newly returning veterans wait at least 90 days for medical care, while even more who signed up in the VA system over the past 10 years never got an immediate appointment they requested.
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned, President Barack Obama said on Friday.

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced fixes to the crisis in the VA system on Friday, then met with President Barack Obama to learn if he would stay in his job.

three members of the NVF outreach team standing by their van

No one in her family knew Susan, and Army veteran, was homeless.  In March, the NVF Outreach Team met her in a parking lot where she was living in her car to begin the process of getting her into a transitional housing program.  Susan had deployed from an Army base in Louisiana to Afghanistan. During her deployment her baby boy lived with her parents in California.  

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The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) is honored to announce its newest Board of Directors’ Member, Frank Spady, the CEO and Founder of Canada Nevada Business Council.

Spady was voted onto the NVF Board this month. He is a decorated combat Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army Infantry and as a helicopter door gunner. Spady was a long-time friend of the late Gray Lefevre, former NVF Board Member.

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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.