Workers at the Colorado Springs Department of Veterans Affairs clinic gave delayed care to hundreds of veterans and in some cases falsified records to make the situation appear better than it was, a report from the VA's internal watchdog found.
Former Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb, who escaped from a Japanese prisoner camp by swimming overnight during World War II and then made an around-the-world solo sailing trip while in his 70s, has died at age 98.
Living with fellow veterans in permanent supportive housing offers a healing camaraderie, an oasis of shared experience and empathy. “For some of them, being here is the first time they’ve felt connected to anyone since they got out of the military.”
Two Department of Veterans Affairs senior executives found guilty of wrongdoing will go back to work at full pay and status after administrative judges sustained the charges against them but reversed their punishments based on technicalities. Their reinstatement might not be for long, though.
Sharon Westerfield didn't see her late husband, Larry Westerfied, receive the honor he deserved for serving his country in Vietnam.But she will see it in June when her husband, who died in 2012 at age 63, becomes part of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial's In Memory program in Washington, D.C. Westerfield will be going to the nation's capital to participate in the 18th annual ceremony June 18.
Cecil Armstrong, who spends his days and nights in a hospital bed set up in his Lubbock home, tells friends and visitors about his years in the Korean War as a squad leader of an anti-aircraft gun crew. When Armstrong left the Army in 1954, he was authorized to receive several medals, but knew nothing about it until his wife and caregiver, Betty Armstrong, was reading his discharge papers.
A federal law that prohibited people from wearing military medals they didn’t earn is unconstitutional for the same reason as a law that made it a crime to lie about earning a medal, a federal appeals court ruled Monday: It’s a falsehood that is protected by freedom of speech.
After his year-long tour with the Air Force in Vietnam, Jim Reischl went back to Minnesota, became a government cartographer, married twice, had a son and suffered Agent Orange-related health problems. But he never forgot his "first lady."