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Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Five people – including two foreign nationals – face federal charges for stealing the identity of about 3,000 veterans from across the United States. The suspects face 14 charges, including wire fraud and aggressive identity theft.


JULIANNE SHOWALTER | U.S. AIR FORCE

In late May, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to help veterans exposed to open-air burn pits. It would create a state registry of health and exposure information and use it for outreach purposes. Now, advocates and state officials are wondering how — if at all — they’ll share that information with the Department of Veterans Affairs.


South Texas Veterans Health Care System

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is celebrating its 20th annual Women’s Health Week, with a focus on getting women to utilize the services available to them at VA.

LIBBY DENKMANN / AMERICAN HOMEFRONT

The VA Mission Act hopes to improve upon the Choice program, which ran over budget and didn't do much to reduce wait times for many veterans.

 

As often as she can, Judi Robinson raises an American flag outside her rambler-style house in Long Beach, Cal. She doesn't keep it up overnight, and she's careful about storage and handling of the national emblem.

"I'm a real stickler for flag etiquette," she said as she unfurled the stars and stripes. "I was a Girl Scout, I was a Marine, and now I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution."

The VA fully implemented the new law in February, hoping to clear up a backlog of appeals claims that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

In a first of its kind program, the VA in Long Beach, Cal. is partnering with law enforcement to proactively reach military veterans with mental health issues.

Veterans are about twice as likely as non-veterans to die by suicide. But the majority of those suicides are among veterans aged 55 or older -- whose military service was decades earlier.

For thousands of elderly veterans, long term care means living in a nursing home or institutional care setting. But some have found a much homier option.

An agency pilot program aims to bypass regulations that can make it hard for veterans to get cutting-edge medical treatment.

Eric Maldonado / Bexar County

Local, state, and federal officials held the grand opening Monday for the New Military and Veterans Services Center on the city's East Side.

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