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Coronavirus cases among Veterans Affairs patients tripled in June
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Coronavirus cases among Veterans Affairs patients tripled in June

The number of active coronavirus cases among Department of Veterans Affairs patients tripled in June, with more than 4,100 active cases at 138 medical sites spread across the USA. Veterans Affairs officials in recent days have downplayed the sharp increase in cases of the fast-spreading virus, saying that hospitalization rates among those positive patients have remained steady...

VA campaign to help diabetic veterans manage care
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VA campaign to help diabetic veterans manage care

In an effort to ensure diabetic veterans have a better understanding of their personal health, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched the Understand Your Diabetes Numbers campaign to educate patients and their families on hemoglobin A1C, glucose monitoring, blood pressure and kidney tests, and other vital measurements essential to their well-being. “One in 4 veterans...

‘Baffling’ errors at veterans home where 76 died amid COVID-19 outbreak
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‘Baffling’ errors at veterans home where 76 died amid COVID-19 outbreak

The leadership of a home for aging veterans in Massachusetts where nearly 80 residents sickened with the coronavirus have died packed dementia patients into a crowded unit as the virus spread, one of several “utterly baffling” decisions that helped the disease run rampant, investigators said in a report released Wednesday. The superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home...

Trump threatens 10 years in prison for protesters toppling statues, citing veterans memorial protections
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Trump threatens 10 years in prison for protesters toppling statues, citing veterans memorial protections

President Donald Trump this week threatened a decade of jail time for protesters defacing and toppling statues on federal lands, citing a little known law designed to punish vandalism at American veteran cemeteries. On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that he had authorized federal officials to “arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or...

The passing of a patriot
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The passing of a patriot

DAV life member who was aboard the USS Ward during Pearl Harbor attack passed away in January at age 98 Many of the survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were still in their teens or early 20s on Dec. 7, 1941, and no one knows exactly how many are still with us. Today,...

Long-awaited report on veterans suicide calls for public awareness campaign, better research tools
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Long-awaited report on veterans suicide calls for public awareness campaign, better research tools

After 15 months of work, the White House’s task force on preventing veterans suicide will unveil plans for more federal coordination with community providers on mental health outreach, promotion of “safe storage” programs for firearms owners and a public awareness campaign that mental health problems need not be fatal. President Donald Trump called the announcement “beyond what anyone has ever...

Army veteran creates patch to honor healthcare workers
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Army veteran creates patch to honor healthcare workers

An Army veteran has created a patch to honor the sacrifices of medical professionals and support staffs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jacob Neal, the patch’s creator, saw a need to pay tribute to the “new set of heroes” working in hospitals that were turning into what looked like a war zone. In response he designed...

Veterans cemeteries to resume some committal, memorial services next week
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Veterans cemeteries to resume some committal, memorial services next week

Veterans Affairs officials announced Friday they will resume committal services at most department cemeteries beginning next week and will resume full memorial services next month. The move comes after more than two months of delayed and cancelled services at the department’s 140-plus cemeteries because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The sites have been open to...

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