FBI gate crash suspect, a Navy veteran, faces 10 years in prison

Ervin Lee Bolling, 48, of Easley, S.C., faces one federal count of destruction of government property, court documents show.

These boots were made for healing: Walter Reed exhibit honors troops with redesigned combat footwear

Combat boots of a different color will honor service members and their families in a permanent art installation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Naval Support Activity Bethesda.

Disabled veterans who own small businesses target lucrative government contracts

Government contracts are big business to private companies offering goods and services. The federal government plans to award $38 billion exclusively in contracts to small businesses certified as owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.

‘Model’ for veterans care takes shape at Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke

The foundation of the new $483 million Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke is nearly complete, and the cranes are already being assembled that will raise the steel skeleton in May.

Man accused of ramming gate at FBI Atlanta headquarters is 20-year Navy veteran

Officials have identified a man accused of trying to breach the gate at the FBI’s Atlanta headquarters Monday as Ervin Lee Bolling, 48, of South Carolina. Bolling is a U.S. Navy veteran who served as an enlisted submarine warfare specialist for more than 20 years.

Lawsuit claims racial discrimination against Black veterans by VA in disability claims spanning decades

A federal district court judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs that claims the agency systematically engaged in a pattern of rejecting applications for disability benefits from Black veterans at a higher rate than for white veterans.

Last survivor of USS Arizona sinking in 1941 attack dies at 102

Lou Conter, the last living survivor of the USS Arizona, which sank during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor and has become the site of a memorial visited by millions each year, died Monday morning at his home in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 102.

Atlanta transport company honors military veterans after death

About 13 years ago, Don Ware started In Their Honor Transports after feeling that veterans were often overlooked. Since then the transport company has provided services for more than 14,000 people, about 20% of whom were military veterans.

No American vets traveled to Iwo Jima for annual ‘reunion’ marking pivotal WWII battle

Around 170 people took part in the ceremony, but no U.S. World War II veterans came this year to the island now known as Iwo To in Japan, a III Marine Expeditionary Force spokesman said.

A museum is using AI to let visitors chat with World War II survivors

For a new exhibit, the museum used artificial intelligence and voice-recognition software to index memories in a way that will allow visitors to “converse” with World War II-era Americans for decades to come.

More than 400,000 veterans signed up for VA health care in a year

More than 400,000 veterans signed up for health care with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the past year — a 30% increase from the prior year — with higher enrollments driven by a new law covering illnesses from toxic exposure during military service.

DC ceremony marks National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Since 2017, March 29 has been designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, and dozens of veterans, active-duty service members and other visitors to the nation’s capital marked the occasion Friday with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

Veteran’s overdose death linked to scheduling error in VA’s new electronic health records system

An Ohio veteran’s drug overdose death in 2022 has been linked to scheduling errors in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new electronic health records system that has been plagued with performance problems.

‘Be proud of what you did’: Massachusetts photographer takes portraits to honor Vietnam, Korea veterans

The project is simple. Jason Grow photographs veterans, some holding photographs, memorabilia, service-related mementos, gear or even newspaper clippings while providing a brief description of their life and service.

5 military service medals to be presented to 102-year-old Wisconsin WWII Army veteran

Wisconsin Rep. Derrick Van Orden announced Tuesday five military medals will be awarded to 102-year-old Neil Korn of Chippewa Falls.

Veteran’s family receives $1.7M in wrongful death claim against Indiana VA facility

The family of an Indiana veteran who died by suicide after a Department of Veterans Affairs facility mismanaged his care will receive $1.7 million to settle a wrongful death claim, attorneys with the family said Wednesday.

Expansion of hours at some VA clinics leads to 25,000 new patients

A new Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to provide health care appointments at night and on weekends at participating VA health clinics resulted in an additional 25,000 new patients between October 2023 and February 2024.

Lawmakers propose bill to end ‘bureaucratic maze’ for hiring psychiatrists at VA clinics, hospitals

Chronic staffing shortages at many VA facilities are causing long delays in services, including for psychiatric care. Legislation introduced by Rep. Mark Cartwright, D-Penn., seeks to expedite the process for recruiting and hiring psychiatrists.

250,000 veterans agree to $6B settlement with earplug company

A $6 billion settlement involving roughly 250,000 veterans will move forward in a lawsuit that argued faulty earplugs were sold to the military for use during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.