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‘Forrest Gump’ actor Gary Sinise helps military heroes

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NEW YORK — Actor Gary Sinise has spent years entertaining U.S. servicemen with his Lt. Dan Band, named after the wounded Vietnam veteran he played in “Forrest Gump.” Then in 2001 he started a foundation to aid severely disabled war … Continue reading

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Washington Senate approves tax break for disabled vets

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Washington lawmakers have approved a tax exemption for disabled veterans who need vehicle modifications. Continue reading

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Fixing backlog of claims at Veterans Affairs is ‘taking too long,’ Utah veteran says

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When Ike Hall got out of the Army, he waited about nine months for the Department of Veterans Affairs to agree that he’d been permanently disabled in the Iraq war. It felt like forever – which is why Hall has joined a campaign to press the federal government to do better with the current backlog. Continue reading

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VA backlog in providing benefits longer than publicly adknowledged

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VA reports an average wait time of 273 days. But internal data shows vets wait 316 to 327 days, which can be up to twice as long in big cities. Continue reading

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Workers, technology deployed to trim backlog of VA disability claims in Baltimore

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The Baltimore office’s disability claims lag 429 days — or 162 days longer than the national average. Continue reading

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North Carolina nonprofit founder gets White House honor

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The man who founded a North Carolina non-profit group that helps disabled military veterans live independently is being honored at the White House. Continue reading

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Meet America’s five quadruple amputees injured in Iraq, Afghanistan

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Five remarkable young men are learning to thrive as quadruple amputees after surviving severe injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meet Brendan Marrocco, Todd Nicely, John Peck, Travis Mills and Taylor Morris. Continue reading

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Iraq veteran who lost all 4 limbs receives double-arm transplant

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Brendan Marrocco was the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War, and doctors revealed Monday that he’s received a double-arm transplant.
Those new arms “already move a little,” he tweeted a month after the operation. Continue reading

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West Virginia veteran turned advocate seeks claims change

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DavidHuffman has begun a new quest: convincing the U.S. government to change the way it allows lawyers to handle veteran disability claims. Continue reading

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Wounded in Afghanistan, young veteran battles for a new life

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When Army Pfc. Geoffrey Quevedo was airlifted late last year to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after being severely wounded in Afghanistan, his family in California was told to hurry to Washington to say a final goodbye. Continue reading

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