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Arizona vet, ex-inmate shares reentry story during White House program

The founder of Operation Restoring Veteran Hope and others shared their stories as the Biden administration unveiled a number of job-training, housing, education and health care initiatives aimed at helping former inmates reenter society.... Read more»

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Veteran benefits tangle leaves Supreme Court justices on a tightrope

A 45-year-old fight for disability benefits landed on the Supreme Court steps Tuesday as a veteran asked the justices to enforce a safety-valve provision to save what he says was a wrongly denied claim. ... Read more»

'Never too late to pay tribute': Arizona ceremony honors Vietnam War veterans

Vietnam veterans were honored Tuesday - National Vietnam War Veterans Day - by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with a private wreath-laying ceremony.... Read more»

VA eyes major changes in health care system as veterans flock to the South, Southwest

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday began the years-long process of restructuring its nationwide health care network, an endeavor that will require the president and Congress to sign off before it could begin.... Read more»

Health experts worry CDC’s COVID vaccination rates appear inflated

For nearly a month, the CDC’s vaccine tracker has shown that virtually everyone 65 and older in the United States — 99.9% — has received at least one COVID shot. That would be remarkable if true. But health experts and state officials say it’s certainly not.... Read more»

Arizona veterans struggle to get access to health care as backlogs grow. Can it be fixed?

Despite a massive budget dwarfed only by that of the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration is facing health care delivery crises due to miles of red tape and an arcane bureaucracy that blocks veterans from receiving the care they deserve from their service.... Read more»

'The enemy is lurking in our bodies' - women veterans say toxic exposure caused breast cancer

Numbers for breast cancer in military women have been high for years, but as veterans returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rumors began to swirl: The cancers are hitting young—and they’re extraordinarily aggressive.... Read more»

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago buddies tried to get the VA to sell access to veterans’ medical records

A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica’s reporting found Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan for the Department of Veterans Affairs to monetize patient data.... Read more»

Tohono O'odham to house more Native veterans with $400k federal grant

More Native veterans will find housing with a $400,000 federal grant to the Tohono O'odham Nation to pay for rental assistance and support services. The tribe is receiving the largest grant in the country awarded under a Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs program.... Read more»

Education Department will forgive $5.8 billion in student loans for disabled borrowers

A troubled Education Department program left many disabled borrowers unable to escape crushing debt, and finally, a decade after ProPublica exposed the issue, the US has taken a major step to address the program’s defects. ... Read more»

VA sending mixed messages for vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option. ... Read more»

Feds seize 200,000 counterfeit surgical masks bound for Az hospitals

Federal agents seized more than 200,000 counterfeit N95 surgical masks over the last 45 days, during an investigation launched by agents at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.... Read more»

'Red Dawn Breaking Bad': Officials warned about medical safety gear shortfall early on

A high-ranking federal official in late February warned that the U.S. needed to plan for not having enough personal protective equipment for medical workers battling coronavirus, internal emails show.... Read more»

Az coronavirus cases up to 20 as more are tested

Twenty Arizonans have now tested postive for COVID-19 as the pandemic continues Tuesday and the number of people being tested in the state increases.... Read more»

Coronavirus cases jump in Az as more are tested

The number of known cases of coronavirus increased by 50% overnight in Arizona, as more tests are being run after weeks of limited access even as the COVID-19 pandemic grew.... Read more»

Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised

But for decades, Native veterans and their allies have clamored for Congress to address what they see as inequalities within the VA system.... Read more»1

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