Increasing payments for survivors of military members, cutting red tape for veterans’ disability claims pushed in new bills

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs subpanel on disability assistance and memorial affairs examined several pieces of legislation that would modify existing regulations for determining disability and indemnity payments for veterans and their survivors.

At Tampa homeless veterans shelter, claims of racism and false identity

Military veterans arrive at New Beginnings of Tampa having survived war zones and months, if not years, of homelessness. But former staff and volunteers say founder Tom Atchison fostered a hostile workplace, hurling racist comments as they tried to serve the region’s most vulnerable.

US military veteran accused of having explicit images of a child apparently joined Russian army

A U.S. Air Force veteran who fled a charge of possessing sexually explicit images of a child told his lawyer he joined Russia’s army, and video appears to show him signing documents in a military enlistment office in Siberia.

‘Cost estimate is stratospheric’: House lawmaker blasts VA’s plan for multibillion-dollar supply management system

Lawmakers sharply criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to provide a budget or keep them informed about a plan to modernize its supply chain management system that is projected to cost as much as $15 billion.

Eligible veterans facing foreclosure to be offered ‘last resort’ VA plan to lower mortgage payments

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin offering up to 40,000 veterans and troops who own a home and face foreclosure a VA-backed loan — a “last resort” refinancing tool to bring down their interest rates.

Marine veteran donates kidney to pool rival

It was a long journey for James Harris and Marine veteran Russ Redhead to become close enough that they now wear matching T-shirts that say “Kidney Buddies for Life.”

Battle of Ramadi fallen remembered at San Clemente’s Park Semper Fi on 20th anniversary

Veterans of Camp Pendleton’s 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines gathered over the weekend at Park Semper Fi in San Clemente to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Ramadi and remember 33 fallen troops.

FBI gate crash suspect, a Navy veteran, detained pending mental health evaluation

A man accused of trying to breach the gate at the FBI’s Atlanta headquarters a week ago will remain in custody while his mental health is evaluated.

Army Col. Ralph Puckett, Medal of Honor recipient and Ranger legend, dies at 97

Retired Army Col. Ralph Puckett, an Army Ranger who received the Medal of Honor for lifesaving heroics in the Korean War and the Distinguished Service Cross fighting in Vietnam, died Monday. He was 97.

Army veteran’s delayed lung cancer diagnosis leads to VA court settlement for his widow

The widow of an Army veteran whose lung cancer was not diagnosed for nearly two years after a “suspicious finding” turned up on a chest scan has received an $880,000 court settlement from a VA hospital.