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Exclusive: Mishandled VA rape cases deemed ‘shocking’ by lawyers in Pentagon suit

WASHINGTON – The firm investigating a case of 17 raped military veterans suing the Pentagon responded Monday after a report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mishandled sexual assault cases. “This shocking report is consistent with the findings of our investigation,” Keith Rohman, president of Public Interest Investigations, the…

Bachmann changes mind on cuts to veterans’ benefits

Tea party icon Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) backed off her controversial plan to cut federal spending for veterans’ benefits. Her $4.5 billion proposed cut to the Veterans’ Administration “received a lot of attention and I have decided that it should be removed from consideration,” Bachmann said in an advisory Friday.…

Bachmann eyes cuts to veterans health benefits

WASHINGTON – Tea party hero Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) this week proposed a blueprint to eliminate $400 billion from the federal budget, which included billions in cuts to veterans’ health care and disability benefits. Her plan would freeze health care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and slash…

Ex-Bush, Reagan official’s body found dumped in landfill

Death ruled a homicide The body of a military expert who served in three Republican administrations was found dumped in a landfill over the holiday weekend, and investigators said Monday they do not know who might have killed him. John Wheeler III, 66, was last seen Dec. 28 on an…

For-profit colleges rake in hundreds of millions from post-9/11 GI bill

For-profit universities collected about $640 million from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill in its first year, according to a new U.S. Senate committee report. The boost to for-profits came at a time when the sector was subject to criticism for poor results and for leaving many students with unmanageable debts. By aggressively recruiting…

Suicide rates soar among US veterans: official

WASHINGTON — The economic downturn and the trauma of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have pushed more US veterans to suicide, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday. As Americans across the United States and around the world celebrated the contributions of men and women in uniform…

Veterans organization pans church’s plans for 9/11 Quran burning

A top US veterans group on Tuesday blasted a planned Koran burning to mark nine years since the September 11th strikes as the work of “religious extremists” whose gesture would endanger US forces. “There is nothing to be gained and everything to lose from this selfish act,” said Richard Eubank,…

Veterans’ group: CIA blocking lawsuit over experiments on troops

An advocacy group working on behalf of Vietnam veterans has asked a federal judge in California to sanction the CIA, saying the spy agency has been blocking efforts to uncover its role in alleged experiments on US soldiers from the 1950s to 1970s. The Vietnam Veterans of America filed a…

18 veterans kill themselves every day: report

The suicide rate among war veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals. Thirty try to commit suicide each day, on average, reports the Army Times. Eighteen succeed, roughly five of whom receive medical care from Veterans Affairs, rated one of the best health programs in the country. “Of the more than…

135,000 uninsured Americans will die before health reform takes effect, analysis finds

Over 6,600 uninsured veterans will die by 2013: estimate If Democrats manage to pull off efforts to reform the US healthcare system and ensure coverage for millions who are currently without insurance, the new system — by design — will likely still leave tens of thousands to die without insurance…

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