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Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

Big gaps in federal oversight of long-term care facilities for aging veterans may have contributed to rampant coronavirus infections and more than 200 deaths at state-run homes, according to a congressional watchdog agency.

More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study

A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported.

As virus spreads, VA gets set to back up taxed US hospitals

The Department of Veterans Affairs is bracing for a potential surge of 1 million veterans infected by coronavirus and at the same time is preparing for the possibility it may have to absorb overflow civilian patients if private hospitals are overrun by the pandemic.

VA plans to suspend University of Phoenix and other colleges from accessing GI Bill benefits

Five schools, including for-profit behemoth University of Phoenix and Temple University, may be prevented from enrolling new students using GI Bill benefits because they engaged in deceptive recruiting and advertising practices, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday. The decision is rooted in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general that claim the colleges use misleading sales tactics to lure veterans and their families, according to the VA. The schools – University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University, Bellevue University and Temple – have 60 days to address the problems or the federal agency will cut off access to the GI Bill benefits of new enrollees.

Budget deal advances VA private care program backed by Trump

President Donald Trump’s expansion of a program aimed at steering more veterans to private health care is getting an $8.9 billion boost as part of the massive government spending bill approved by the House, setting up a potential battle over the direction of the Veterans Affairs Department.

Support organization seeks volunteer drivers to transport veterans

Most of the veterans who need a lift to Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center don’t talk about what they did in the military, but they often talk about the far away places they ended up during their service. Deb Mallion, 61, has worked as a volunteer driver for the past six years. After having served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, Mallion helps other veterans with a free van ride to the hospital through Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization that purchases the vans.

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary.

Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city’s future

Since the Veterans Affairs moved out of a sprawling campus on the edge of the small Iowa city of Knoxville a decade ago, local leaders have become increasingly anxious about the ghost town that has become a drag on their community.

Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, compression injuries, and system-wide trauma through the body that he couldn’t quiet or control.