Family of Man Attacked by Fire Ants at V.A. Facility Before His Death Sues U.S.

Joel Marrable, an Air Force veteran, was largely bedridden by cancer and “incapable” of defending himself when ants attacked him at a Veterans Affairs facility, his family said.

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Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.

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Biden Names Susan Rice, Denis McDonough to Key Jobs

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, will lead the Domestic Policy Council. Denis McDonough, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, was nominated secretary of veterans affairs.

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Inspector General Criticizes V.A.’s Handling of Sexual Assault Complaint

The inspector general’s report also expressed disappointment that the V.A. did not determine whether to take action “to provide a safer and more welcoming environment” for women at its facilities.

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Army Agrees to Review Thousands of Unfavorable Discharges for Veterans

If approved by a federal judge, the settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit could result in thousands of veterans gaining access to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ full array of benefits.

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Focusing on Firearms Proves Contentious in Struggle to Reduce Veterans’ Suicides

The gun control debate complicated an effort to encourage frank talk by health professionals about the risks posed by firearms.

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‘A Hail Mary’: Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats

Ayahuasca, a vomit-inducing hallucinogenic brew, draws thousands of people each year — including former soldiers — to jungle retreats that have become an unlicensed and unregulated mental health marketplace.

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Trump Cites the V.A. as a Central Achievement. But Troubles Simmer.

The department’s long litany of problems has left some questioning why President Trump is trying to make his record there a centerpiece of his re-election campaign.

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Report Slams Doctor at V.A. for Dismissing Suicide Risk of Patient Who Later Killed Himself

Six days after being removed by the police from a veterans hospital in Washington, the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Former V.A. Nursing Assistant Is Charged in Deaths of Seven Patients

Reta Mays, who worked at a hospital in West Virginia, is accused of administering fatal doses of insulin to veterans.

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Despite Coronavirus, Federal Workers Head to the Office

Federal employees are being ushered back to office buildings under inconsistent and conflicting reopening plans, against the wishes of leaders in the nation’s capital.

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The V.A. Made Me Vomit. And That Was a Good Thing.

After suffering from sleeplessness and anxiety for months, I finally saw a psychiatrist. I became so relaxed so quickly that I passed out.

#anxiety-and-stress, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vasovagal-syncope-fainting, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.

Inside the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was a man who had served as a jailer to Hitler’s top aide. A man who had rescued Japanese kamikaze pilots from the sea. A man who carried memories of a concentration camp.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holyoke-mass, #massachusetts, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Former Veterans Affairs Doctor Is Charged With Sexual Abuse of Patients

The doctor, Jonathan Yates, worked at a hospital in West Virginia. He was accused of causing bodily injury to some veterans and abusive sexual contact while they were incapacitated, according to the federal indictment.

#doctors, #sex-crimes, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #west-virginia, #yates-jonathan-1968

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Social Distancing for Coronavirus Has a History

The idea has been around for centuries. But it took a high school science fair, George W. Bush, history lessons and some determined researchers to overcome skepticism and make it federal policy.

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New U.S. Treatment Guidelines for Covid-19 Don’t See Much Progress

A panel of experts said there was insufficient evidence about many drugs that have been considered as possible remedies for coronavirus patients, including some President Trump has advocated.

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V.A. Health Care Workers Balk at Safety Practices

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs have denied that workers across their huge health care system — which serves nine million veterans and has 390,000 employees — have inadequate gear.

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Rethinking National Security for the Coronavirus Age

The Cuban Missile Crisis forced Kennedy to begin an era of arms control, and Sept. 11 forced Bush to reinvent counterterrorism. Will the coronavirus change the priorities of the Trump administration?

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Five Takeaways on What Trump Knew as the Virus Spread

An examination by The New York Times reveals that there were warnings from the intelligence community, national security aides and government health officials — even as the president played down the crisis.

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