High demand: DEA buying more marijuana for PTSD testing on veterans
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday it plans to increase the number of producers who can grow marijuana for scientific research — action taken after a lawsuit against the DEA filed by researchers studying the drug as a potential treatment for veterans with post-traumatic... Read more
VA is banning smoking for everyone except their employees
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes The Department of Veterans Affairs announced its health care facilities will soon be “smoke-free,” though a smoking ban set to take effect Oct. 1 does not apply to employees, the agency clarified Friday. While veterans, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors will be prohibited from... Read more
Survey: Majority of vets support President Trump’s national security decisions
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump, who often has struggled with low approval ratings, has more support from veterans than other Americans when it comes to his national security decisions, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Veterans are more approving than other Americans regarding Trump’s actions... Read more
Native Americans vets are not receiving their full VA benefits due to archaic regulations
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes Inside a small conference room in a hotel-casino on the Ohkay Owingeh reservation, attorney Carol Wild Scott sat across the table from veterans and their families, one group after another, who were there to find answers they couldn’t get anywhere else. There was a... Read more
U.S. vets not getting special consideration from ICE before deportation
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t track how many veterans it deports or consider a person’s military service before deporting them, a federal watchdog agency reported Thursday. ICE policies require agents to consider veterans’ employment history, health, community service, deployments to war zones, military... Read more
90,000 Blue Water Navy vets set to receive extra VA benefits after DOJ dropped its case
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes After months of uncertainty, the Department of Justice decided not to appeal a federal court ruling that extends eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans who served on ships offshore during the Vietnam War. With the court challenge apparently... Read more
VA under pressure from lawmakers to make new GI Bill deadline
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes Department of Veterans Affairs officials tried to assuage doubts from House lawmakers Thursday about the agency’s ability to successfully implement changes to veterans’ education benefits later this year. Following a missed deadline in the fall, the VA set a new expectation to have the... Read more
Veteran suicide crisis draws attention from House lawmakers who promise action following multiple deaths on VA campuses
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes A veteran died by suicide outside the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Cleveland on Monday – hours before a House panel was slated to discuss several other veteran suicides that occurred on VA property this month. “Another one just today,” said Melissa Bryant,... Read more

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