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Doctors may opt out of a program providing outside health care to veterans caught up in long waits at the VA because the department is not paying high enough reimbursements, a national association of family physicians said this week.
A senator is pressing the Air Force for an update on its investigation into a general who reportedly warned airmen that talking to Congress about the retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt amounts to treason.
Reactions from veteran groups and Capitol Hill ran the gamut Tuesday from outrage to acceptance following an apology by VA Secretary Bob McDonald for claiming he served with U.S. special operations forces.
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that he supports a slowing of the troop drawdown and slated pullback from bases in the country by the end of the year, as the White House reconsiders its plans.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has only ever answered questions about the Iraq incident — how he ended up telling a war story he now admits was false — during an interview with Stars and Stripes. We now publish the full transcript from that Feb. 4 interview, and give you Williams in his own words.
Soldiers who were in two Chinook companies that came under fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq say NBC News anchor Brian Williams was not in, nor ever near, a helicopter that was being fired upon. Here's what they've said.
Apologies by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for a false claim of being on a helicopter forced down by Iraqi rocket fire in 2003 satisfied some soldiers who were there but left a few insisting that details were still misrepresented.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh faced tough questioning Wednesday in the Senate over whether the service is investigating airmen who have spoken to Congress about the planned retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft.
Military chiefs of staff warned the Senate on Wednesday that coming caps on defense spending will break faith with troops and hollow out the nation’s all-volunteer force. The testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee comes days before the White House releases its federal budget proposal and Congress launches into a debate over whether to lift defense spending limits.
Top retired military commanders on Tuesday warned the Senate that it should lift a mandatory cap on defense spending this year or put at risk military readiness as the world enters a new era of widespread conflict.
The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee took aim again Thursday at VA management with an overhaul bill that would reclaim some pensions, limit paid administrative leave, and reduce the number of employee bonuses.
The new chairman of the House’s military oversight committee said Thursday that the United States should consider putting some troops on the battlefield in Syria to bolster the offensive against the Islamic State.
The Clay Hunt SAV Act, named after a Marine vet who committed suicide in 2011, was passed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and now must pass a vote in the full Senate to become law. The House overwhelmingly passed the bill with 403 votes earlier this month.
Travis J. Tritten has reported for Stars and Stripes since 2007, including assignments in the Philippines, Iraq and Guam. He graduated from Ohio State University in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in journalism. Tritten covered government and politics for daily newspapers in South Carolina and Florida before joining Stars and Stripes. He is based in Washington, D.C.
The uncharacteristic alacrity in the passing of the Clay Hunt Act provides hope that veterans’ needs remain on the minds of those who make our laws. It’s been on the minds of military members and their families for a long time.