Veterans

12:00pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Health

In The Wake Of Fort Collins VA Scandal, American Legion Offers Help

American Legion is holding a week-long health clinic in Fort Collins to connect veterans with VA appointments and care.
Grace Hood

Just one of several events held across the country, the American Legion is visiting Fort Collins, working to assist veterans after the Veterans Affairs health care scandal. The VA outpatient clinic here was part of nationwide problems involving appointment wait times — which the VA has connected to 23 deaths.

At every visit the formula is the same: Day One is a town hall to collect comment. Day Two and going forward is a command crisis center to help vets reschedule appointments and follow-up on claims.

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3:45pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

Sen. John McCain discussed the Veterans Choice Act at a news conference on Tuesday, with fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Veterans across the country are still waiting too long for medical care, a situation that drove the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki last week.

Now Republicans and Democrats in Congress are competing to pass laws they think will fix the problem of medical wait times and other problems at the VA. The discussion over how to reform veterans' health care is starting to sound familiar.

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11:10am

Fri May 30, 2014
Veterans Administration

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Eric Shinseki resigned as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, in what President Obama said was a decision spurred by a desire to not distract from efforts to fix the agency's problems. Earlier Friday, Shinseki spoke at a conference in Washington.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's wide-ranging problems.

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5:49am

Sat May 24, 2014
StoryCorps

After Serving In Iraq And Afghanistan, A New Mission: Healing

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 8:01 am

Jon Meadows was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2012. He and his wife, Melissa, have had to cope with the consequences of the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Afghanistan.
StoryCorps

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Staff Sgt. Jon Meadows' first deployment to Iraq, one of his friends, Staff Sgt. William Beardsley, said he wanted to go on a mission in Jon's place.

Jon agreed — and Beardsley died on that mission.

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12:59am

Fri May 23, 2014
StoryCorps

'Someone Had To Do It': Airman Gives Fallen Soldiers A Final Salute

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 3:54 pm

MaCherie Dunbar (right), with her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui, an active duty Air National Guard medic. Dunbar, who is currently enrolled at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, hopes to retire from the Air Force this year.
StoryCorps

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During her back-to-back deployments to Iraq for the U.S. Air Force, then-Senior Airman MaCherie Dunbar volunteered to do "patriot detail" — a ceremony for soldiers, airmen, Marines or sailors killed in action.

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