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  • Military-funded prosthetic technologies benefit more veterans

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    In 1905, an Ohio farmer survived a railroad accident that cost him both of his legs. Two years later, he founded the Ohio Willow Wood company, using the namesake timber to hand-carve prosthetic limbs. The company grew, surviving the Great Depression and a fire that destroyed the plant, and still thrives today in rural Ohio. Few who work there now might remember the curious footnote in the company's history that occurred during World War II, when the rebuilt factory was diversified to build parts for PT boats and B-17 bombers.
     

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  • House Passes VA Appeals Bill and 5 Other Veterans Measures

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    The House unanimously passed legislation Tuesday aiming to shorten the amount of time veterans wait for earned benefits, a process that takes an average of six years when a veteran is forced to appeal a claim with the Board of Veterans' Appeals.

    But thousands of veterans are waiting much longer, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • New Technology Allows Veterans to Control Prosthesis With Their Minds

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    RICHMOND — For the first time since the explosion, William Gadsby thought about bending his knee, and it happened.

    His keys were banging against his hip so he reached down and dropped them on the floor. But he had lost his knee in 2007 during his second deployment in Iraq, when his leg had to be amputated following an explosion.

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  • Despite hope, homeless veterans will need to find a new place to live

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    HELENA – After months of uncertainty, a veterans’ homeless living facility will officially close and the veterans living there will be forced to find a new place to go.

    March started off rocky for the 13 veterans living in the Willis Cruse Transitional Living Facility; finding out they would have to look for a new place to live after financial instability.

    “The money’s not there,” Mike Hampson, Willis Cruse president said.

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  • Despite Hope, Homeless Veterans Will Need to Find a New Place to Live

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    HELENA – After months of uncertainty, a veterans’ homeless living facility will officially close and the veterans living there will be forced to find a new place to go.

    March started off rocky for the 13 veterans living in the Willis Cruse Transitional Living Facility; finding out they would have to look for a new place to live after financial instability.

    “The money’s not there,” Mike Hampson, Willis Cruse president said.

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  • Latest GI Bill fight could sideline a host of planned reforms

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    WASHINGTON — Plans for GI Bill reforms this year are all but dead after a high-profile, emotional fight among veterans advocates in recent days over proposed dramatic changes to the popular benefit. 

    The conflict comes after months of behind-the-scenes work testing the idea of charging future active-duty troops for an improved veterans education benefit, a proposal that proved more controversial when it became public sooner than supporters had anticipated.

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  • President Trump to Sign Executive Order Creating VA Accountability Office

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    WASHINGTON – President Trump, seeking to rack up accomplishments as he approaches the 100-day mark in office, will sign an executive order Thursday to create an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs charged with holding more VA employees accountable for wrongdoing.

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  • VA Launches 'New, Unique' Tool to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently unveiled a new program that reviews veterans’ health records to identify which ones might attempt suicide.

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  • Trump Extends Vets' Access to Privatized Health Care

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    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed into law an extension of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice Card program on Wednesday, the precursor to a planned massive overhaul of the initiative later this year. 

    Flanked by officials from veterans groups in a White House signing ceremony, Trump praised the legislation as key to ensuring access to care for veterans and important to his larger promised reform plans. 

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  • Veterans Administration, CVS Test Program to Reduce Wait Times

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    WASHINGTON — Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix VA medical center, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

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