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Last American to collect Civil War pension – $73.13 a month – has died

The check arrived every month: $73.13. Irene Triplett, who lived in a North Carolina nursing home, rarely talked about the source of the money. She was the final American to …

UPDATED: Mon., June 1, 2020

Enterprising Spirit: Spokane thrift store provides opportunities for vets during ‘World War C’

Editor’s note: Our series Enterprising Spirit documents how businesses and workers are managing the economy’s slow return to life after its sudden shutdown in March – and adapting to new …

UPDATED: Thu., April 23, 2020

VA medical facilities struggle to cope with the coronavirus

The Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling with shortages of workers at its health care facilities as it cares for veterans infected with the coronavirus.

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

Inspector general to probe whether VA chief tried to discredit woman who reported sexual assault

The Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general is reviewing a request from a top House leader to investigate allegations that VA Secretary Robert Wilkie sought to dig up dirt on one …

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Pence: ‘The Bible stays’ at veterans hospital facing lawsuit

Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on a First-Amendment lawsuit challenging a Bible on display at a New Hampshire veterans hospital, saying under the current administration, “VA hospitals will not …

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 …

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, …

VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday promised to try to speed up payments to thousands of veterans after delays caused by information technology problems.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Veterans Affairs’ Wilkie coming to Spokane for family military summit

Fairchild Air Force Base will host Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie later this month as he takes part in the Congressional Military Family Summit.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

Veterans Affairs secretary vows not to privatize agency

The new secretary of Veterans Affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won’t privatize his agency’s health care services even as it increases options for veterans to …

Then and Now: Baxter General Hospital

As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …

Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to lead VA

WASHINGTON – The Senate easily confirmed Robert Wilkie on Monday as the 10th secretary of Veterans Affairs, elevating the top Pentagon official and Washington insider to lead an agency that …

Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling …

Senate panel OKs Trump’s pick to lead troubled VA

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Veterans Affairs, a department beset by political infighting and turmoil over providing health care.

UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

Trump’s pick to head VA: Time to ‘shake up’ department

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs is promising to “shake up complacency” at the struggling department by expanding private care to better meet the growing health needs of …

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

Low-key Washington insider makes a bid to fix struggling VA

Modest and low-key, Robert Wilkie was hastily dispatched to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs after a furious President Donald Trump fired Secretary David Shulkin amid political infighting at the …

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018

Trump nominates acting VA secretary Wilkie for permanent job

In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said Friday he’ll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department.

Andrew J. Cohen: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much

“A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health-care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Johnson’s remarks are …

It’s Trump vs. Tester in Big Sky Country

With a flat-top haircut, three missing fingers and an impressive girth, Sen. Jon Tester has somehow kept a low profile in Congress. That’s until he caught the attention of Americans …

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Trump’s VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, withdrew Thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top White …

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018

Memo: VA pick Jackson said to have crashed car while drunk

Dr. Ronny Jackson had a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out a large supply of a prescription opioid …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018

Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick

A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson – President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs – found that he and a rival physician …

HUD and Veterans Affairs grant $5 million in vouchers

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs say they will give almost $5 million in vouchers to public housing authorities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

VA pick impressed Trump when he gave glowing health report

Jackson, the president’s personal physician and surprise choice to lead the massive Department of Veterans Affairs, stood before the White House press corps in January to announce the results of …

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Trump fires Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin

President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin Wednesday in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency, and nominated White House doctor …