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Veterans Affairs

House easily approves bill to speed vets' care

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The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation to allow patients facing long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors. Full story...
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Audit: Over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

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video The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments. Full story...
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NC Veterans Affairs office opens hotline to improve services

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videoThe North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has started a tip hotline to help improve services at the state's medical facilities for veterans. Full story...
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Local veterans react to VA chief's resignation

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videoPresident Obama announced this morning he accepted VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. Shinseki has been under fire ever since the scandal surrounding the care of veterans at VA facilities surfaced. Now vets in our area are speaking out about issues in the VA that caused serious delays for those needing care. Full story...
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Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

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videoVeterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." Full story...
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Local veterans cite issues with area VA facilities

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videoAs President Obama promises to fix problems with the Department of Veterans Affair, veterans we spoke with in Wilmington said they are certainly concerned about what's happening with the VA. Full story...
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Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

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videoPresident Barack Obama says if there's misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it will be punished. Obama says if the allegations of misconduct prove to be true, it is dishonorable and disgraceful. Full story...
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Durham VA Medical Center workers placed on leave

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Two employees at the Durham VA Medical Center are on administrative leave for what officials call inappropriate scheduling practices. Full story...
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Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's disease progression

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Researchers say that vitamin E might help slow the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. In a study of more than 600 older veterans, high doses of the vitamin delayed the decline in daily living skills, such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation, by about six months over a two-year period. Full story...
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Hagan: Progress in VA backlog problem

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videoSen. Kay Hagan says there is progress in efforts to reduce a backlog in Veterans Affairs claims. Full story...
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Hagan says VA claims backlog 'unacceptable'

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video Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) has been helping push for changes in the VA. Among her efforts, she has joined 66 of her Senate colleagues in asking President Obama to end a backlog of hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims. Full story...
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VA officially opens long-awaited superclinic in Wilmington

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video Today was the grand opening for the long-awaited VA regional superclinic. The 80,000 square foot facility will allow veterans to receive a new array of services, including day surgery, mental health, cardiology and MRIs. Full story...
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Agency: Camp Lejeune water contaminated in 1953

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video Many more Marines and their relatives could be eligible for compensation for illnesses because a federal agency determined that the water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune was contaminated four years earlier than thought. Full story...
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Lawmakers question VA's plans to hire more staff

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Federal lawmakers are casting doubts on the adequacy of the Department of Veterans Affairs' plans to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care. Full story...
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New VA clinic will keep vets from long trips to doctor

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videoIt has been a project more than six years in the making. Today a ground breaking was held to mark the start of construction on a new Veteran Affairs super clinic in Wilmington. Full story...
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