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As VA promises change, America’s disabled veterans wait for help

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Walt Youse died before the Department of Veterans Affairs could decide whether to compensate him for his World War II disabilities: shrapnel in his shoulder and foot troubles stemming from the jungle rot he suffered in Japan. His grandson, Justin … Continue reading

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Troy, N.Y., veteran with PTSD told he will be fired as firefighter this week

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TROY, N.Y. — A 16-year military veteran and father of four who has been on medical leave from the city’s Fire Department since February 2010 has been notified that he will be terminated on Friday. Litigation is ongoing between the … Continue reading

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Disabled veterans wait for action on Oakland VA backlog

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Chris Munich, a former Marine who served in Iraq, is still waiting for any word on his disability claim – sixty days after a Veterans Affairs Fix-It event in San Francisco. Continue reading

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Wounded Pa. Marine gets moment in spotlight with U.S. OIympic basketball team

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A Marine sergeant who lost his lower legs in Afghanistan attended the Olympic men’s exhibition basketball game against Brazil on Monday in Washington, D.C. He stood in next to superstar Kobe Bryant for the playing of the national anthem. Continue reading

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Texas VA claims delayed by ‘a perfect storm’ of veterans

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Pending benefits claims for Texas veterans have doubled in two years, the most visible indicator of what state officials describe as a mounting crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Continue reading

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Honoring our common ground: Veterans and civilians with disabilities join forces

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On June 3, Lonnie Moore and I had the honor of joining Arizona Center for Disability Law Executive Director Peri Jude Radecic, Deputy Executive Director Ed Myers and J.J. Rico, member of the Arizona Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Council, to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Continue reading

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National Veterans Wheelchair Games start next week

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The National Veterans Wheelchair Games start in Richmond, Virginia, next week, featuring more than 600 veteran athletes. Continue reading

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Cyclists, film aim to support veterans on the Long Road Home

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The Long Road Home Project – veteran cyclists on a cross-country ride and a documentary film crew that will follow them – aim to support returning service members. Continue reading

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Taking flight in a fighter jet just one way Marine amputee lives positively

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LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Two weeks ago, U.S. Marine Sgt. Liam Dwyer had the opportunity of a lifetime — to hit the skies in a fighter jet. Unlike other soldiers and airmen who regularly hop into the speedy planes, taking dips, rolls and cuts through the air, Dwyer was simply a passenger. Continue reading

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Veterans frustrated by VA backlog descend on Bay Area ‘Fix-it’ event

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The Oakland Veterans Affairs office has the second-worst backlog among the nation’s benefit centers. At a Monday meeting with elected officials, veterans demanded accountability. Continue reading

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