Topic: Veterans Affairs

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Is Medical Marijuana the Solution to the Veteran Opioid Crisis?

Studies suggest that medical cannabis might be an effective PTSD treatment. The VA has come out against bills that would allow for further research.

Sailors, serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Station Great Lakes, are sworn in as U.S. Citizens during a ceremony on September 15th, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.

ICE Is Failing to Screen the Veterans Among Those It Deports

Veterans are not receiving appropriate review before being placed in removal proceedings, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Members of the United States Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," carry the flag-draped casket of World War II Army veteran Carl Mann to his final resting place during his funeral on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June 6th, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Mann, a native of Indiana, was among the troops who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day during the amphibious landings at Normandy, France. He was awarded with seven Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts throughout his years of military service.

Viewfinder: A World War II Veteran Who Took Part in D-Day Is Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Members of the United States Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," carry the flag-draped casket of World War II Army veteran Carl Mann to his final resting place.

A Marine from the author's squad walks down a muddy goat trail on patrol in Marjah during the spring of 2011.

Back to the Long War: Helmand Province Eight Years Later

Hundreds of Marines lost their lives in Helmand before troop withdrawal. Christopher Jones returned to see what those lives had been lost to achieve.

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Trump Discussing Pardons for Alleged War Criminals Might Be Enough to Set Them Free

Trump's comments on Eddie Gallagher might constitute a violation of military code and grounds for mistrial—even though they support the alleged civilian-targeter.

U.S. Army Private First Class Sung Kuyn Chang is sworn in with other members of the armed forces to become new U.S. citizens during a 2010 naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Fairfax, Virginia.

The U.S. Is Denying Citizenship to Service Members at an Unprecedented Rate

Non-citizens in the military are now denied citizenship more frequently than their civilian counterparts. The Department of Defense appears to be behind the shift.

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Trump's Pardon Is in Line With Americans' Views About War Crimes

Trump has spoken in favor of Michael Behenna and other alleged military criminals, but he is far from the only one to do so.

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Why Can't the Military Root Out Far-Right Extremism in Its Own Ranks?

The Department of Homeland Security fumbled a domestic terrorism report in 2009 that warned about right-wing militias targeting the U.S. Army for recruits.

U.S. Marines pose with a SS Flag in 2012.

Does the American Military Have a Problem With Far-Right Extremism?

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security released a report highlighting the threat of far-right groups recruiting veterans. Ten years later, it's still relevant.

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New VA Software Threatens to Disrupt the Health Care of Thousands of Vets

A review of a new tool to determine eligibility for private care for vets by the U.S. Digital Service recommended the agency scrap the software and start over.

Iraqi soldiers train by foreign contractors in the Besmaya military base in southern Baghdad.

The Demographics of America's Private Military Contractors

In 2016, one in four American armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a private contractor–most of whom were older, white men.

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What Afghan Soldiers Think About U.S. Troop Withdrawal and Taliban Peace Talks

Interviews with members of the Afghan military, from generals to recruits, reveal concern about the future ahead.

Senator Martha McSally (R-Arizona) speaks while Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) listens, during a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military, on March 6th, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Martha McSally's Experience With Sexual Assault in the Military Is Part of a 'Silent Epidemic'

Sexual assault in the military affects about 4.3 percent of female service members, but it often goes unreported.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media upon his return to the White House after a day trip to Camp David on January 6th, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Associates Continue to Influence Policy Decisions at the VA

The president's old friend Albert Hazzouri used a personal message to advocate for the American Dental Association after spending time with him at Trump's resort in 2017.

U.S. Marine Brigadier General Roger Turner and Afghan officials salute during a handover ceremony at Leatherneck Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province on April 29th, 2017.

Taliban Fighters Attacked an Afghan Army Base Manned by Some U.S. Military Personnel Today

The attack is the largest on a U.S.-manned based in Afghanistan in years, and occurred as U.S. and Taliban representatives are negotiating a full U.S. troop withdrawal from the country.