| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Nov 11, 2013
| 5:48 PM
On the job as a member of the Coast Guard, Ryan Kazmarek said he learned responsibility and discipline. But when he was off duty, the Dundalk man struggled with a "work hard, party hard lifestyle" that led him to alcoholism and — after he left the...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:56 AM
A Maryland state senator who heads the General Assembly's veteran's caucus rebuked Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler Tuesday night over the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's claim he could fix problems with federal processing of veterans' claims...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 10:57 AM
Do you remember Veteran's Day, Nov. 11? Do you remember your pride when you honored our solders, past and present, for their service to our nation?
Today our veterans need more than a day of remembrance; they need us proud-to-be-an-American citizens to...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Obama legislation on Wednesday that its chief sponsor said he wished weren't necessary.
The Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter from...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 3:36 PM
South Florida veterans whose disability claims have been lingering for at least four months will be getting a special offer from the Department of Veterans Affairs: a free attorney.
The regional VA office in St. Petersburg is one of two claims centers...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Stories that surround homelessness are often difficult to hear, especially when they come from men and women who have served in our military. Despite our best intentions and clear national goals, meeting the needs of our most vulnerable veterans remains a...
| Sep 27, 2013
On the Department of Veterans Affairs' two huge campuses in Los Angeles County, there are only two buildings slated to provide permanent housing for veterans with special needs: New Directions Sepulveda I and II in North Hills, which celebrate their grand...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological diagnoses end up living in the streets because they're too disabled to seek help, advocates have long argued.
The answer, they say, is permanent supportive housing, with medical,...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:34 PM
Workers at Fort McHenry emerged shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday to post the sign: "Closed until further notice. No Entry. No trespassing."
Over the next hour, joggers and cyclists pulled up to the gate, stopped, read the notice and turned around. Finally,...
| May 2, 2014
| 1:58 PM
As an alternative to a traditional nursing home facility, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to a new program in which those in need of assisted-living care are treated in a more intimate setting.
Medical foster homes place up to three...