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Quadruple amputee Travis Mills stuns Mike Rowe: 'I'm not a victim'updated Mon May 26 2014 22:37:20

Travis Mills has no arms or legs. He is an American hero who served three tours in Afghanistan and lost all his limbs when a bomb exploded under him.

Confronting crisis the norm for Obama's White Houseupdated Thu May 22 2014 17:55:32

It's become a familiar pattern in Washington.

Doctor: Phoenix VA ignores mandate to prioritize Iraq, Afghanistan vetsupdated Wed May 21 2014 20:17:00

Some veterans injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are being made to wait for months in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System despite a national mandate they be given priority access to medical care, a VA doctor told CNN.

VA investigating Florida hospital wait listsupdated Mon May 19 2014 21:33:38

An audit team sent to the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida, discovered a list of patients needing follow-up appointments that was kept on paper instead of in the VA's electronic computer system.

First on CNN: 'Angered' Shinseki to speak but say little about growing VA scandalupdated Wed May 14 2014 18:17:29

Under fire after veterans died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals, Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will say Thursday that he is "angered and saddened" but won't be providing much detail about how his department is correcting the problems, according to prepared congressional testimony obtained by CNN.

Two VA employees in North Carolina on leave over 'inappropriate scheduling' updated Mon May 12 2014 22:30:29

Two Durham VA Medical Center employees have been put on administrative leave because of "inappropriate scheduling practices," the Department of Veteran Affairs said in a Monday statement.

Two key veterans groups call for VA chief Eric Shinseki to resignupdated Mon May 05 2014 20:04:12

The nation's largest veteran organization, The American Legion, and one other veterans group, Concerned Veterans for America, on Monday called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

Phoenix VA officials put on leave after denial of secret wait listupdated Thu May 01 2014 18:32:28

The director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system and two others have been placed on administrative leave amid claims of a secret waiting list and claims that 40-plus veterans died waiting for care.

Phoenix VA officials deny there's a secret wait list; doctor says they're lyingupdated Wed Apr 30 2014 21:24:16

The top officials at the Phoenix VA denied any existence of a secret waiting list in an in-depth interview with CNN on Tuesday, and they denied that delays in care caused the deaths of U.S. veterans at the facility.

A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret listupdated Wed Apr 23 2014 20:40:22

At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

VA hospital in Georgia apologizes for deaths after delayed careupdated Fri Nov 22 2013 18:49:22

The director of the VA hospital in Augusta, Georgia, has publicly apologized for the deaths of three veterans at the facility that were caused by delays in care.

Hospital delays are killing America's war veteransupdated Tue Nov 19 2013 21:10:46

Military veterans are dying needlessly because of long waits and delayed care at U.S. veterans hospitals, a CNN investigation has found.

A wounded warrior, walking tallupdated Tue Nov 12 2013 08:46:02

On Veterans Day, former Army special ops officer Gary Linfoot took a brisk stroll around the Statue of Liberty.

Thanks for your service, vets! Now try finding a jobupdated Mon Nov 11 2013 08:30:39

Suddenly, Patrick Caruso's days as a Marine were done.

Who is Pfc. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?updated Mon Nov 11 2013 06:12:02

Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington.

Veterans share one thing they want you to know about military serviceupdated Fri Nov 08 2013 08:22:22

Life in the military "damn sure isn't how Hollywood portrays it," says retired Master Sgt. Mike Butler, who served in the Army for 21 years. So what is it like?

NFL star Troy Polamalu to trim famous locks for a good causeupdated Wed Nov 06 2013 12:56:58

November has recently transformed into "Movember," the month for growing mustaches to raise money for fighting prostate cancer. Now, for those who aren't interested in the shaggy look -- or who might be "follicly" challenged -- there's another way to help another good cause: by cutting your locks.

Rescue dogs trained to rescue war vets updated Tue Nov 05 2013 12:29:57

Simple tasks like going to the store were impossible for former Army Spc. Karl Fleming, whose anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder kept him inside -- until he got Kuchar earlier this year.

Veterans not a political chew toyupdated Fri Oct 25 2013 10:06:01

The recent 16-day government shutdown hit many Americans hard. But few groups were hit harder than our troops and veterans.

Obama pays tribute to fallen Marines in 30th anniversary of Beirut attackupdated Wed Oct 23 2013 11:04:24

Thirty years ago, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a truck into the U.S. military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. Marines since World War II.

All-terrain wheelchair helps disabled get back on trackupdated Wed Oct 16 2013 14:39:15

Cpl. Michael Boucher will never forget June 12, 2011. He was on his second deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan. Another squad had been hit by two improvised explosive devices, and he was helping to clear the landing zone so a helicopter could pick up the casualties.

Veterans group promises nearly 40,000 checks should shutdown drag onupdated Tue Oct 15 2013 21:43:13

No checks? No worries.

Veterans rally against shutdown, detail hardships if benefits are late updated Tue Oct 15 2013 18:45:50

Nearly a hundred veterans from several dozen military coalitions converged at the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday to protest the partial shutdown of the government that they say could put more than 5.5 million service members at risk of not receiving their monthly benefits by November 1.

Medal of Honor recipient braved gunfire to retrieve bodies of the fallenupdated Tue Oct 15 2013 03:07:31

A shaky video captured only a few moments of William D. Swenson's actions during a brutal, hours-long battle in Afghanistan: Kissing a badly wounded comrade on the forehead as he helped load the soldier into a helicopter.

Fisher House steps up for military families, yet againupdated Wed Oct 09 2013 16:44:18

Born in Brooklyn, Zachary Fisher got into the construction business at age 16. And he kept on building -- not just a business, but a reputation as one of America's most generous donors to troops and veterans.

A veteran taught me ...updated Mon Nov 12 2012 07:23:27

Push yourself. Cherish family. Vote. On this Veterans Day, CNN iReporters share the most important lessons they've learned from vets in their lives.

Connelly: What it means to be a heroupdated Mon Nov 12 2012 07:05:36

The slick, black aircraft came roaring down the runway on its way into the sky. We had been allowed to watch the takeoff from an elevated viewing area about three-quarters of the way down the strip. There were the five of us attached to the USO's Operation Thriller III tour: writers Kathleen Antrim, Joe Finder, Andy Harp, Brad Meltzer and me.

Overseas burial grounds honor fallen Americansupdated Sat Nov 10 2012 09:19:12

Carol Malone never knew her father. She was born in 1942, and her father, U.S. Army Sgt. Victor J. Hubany, was killed in 1944, before he'd been home from war to meet his little girl. She used to watch hours of World War II footage, looking for a glimpse of him.

Always faithful: Marine veterans tend to hero's grave, cemeteryupdated Fri Nov 09 2012 18:25:32

A smiling likeness of legendary soul singer Otis Redding greets visitors to the city clerk's office in this central Georgia city. Down the hall, inside the mayor's office, is a portrait of another Macon legend: Rodney M. Davis.

Celebrating Veterans Dayupdated Thu Nov 08 2012 14:54:23

Celebrated on November 11 every year, Veterans Day honors men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The date marks the anniversary of the end of World War I -- which ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.

Travel ideas for Veterans Day ... and Doomsday updated Wed Nov 07 2012 07:50:29

For four years, Yvonne Morris worked at Missile Site 571-7. Literally, it was a real hell hole.

A daughter faces demons of father's warupdated Sun Nov 04 2012 08:38:57

Inside a trailer in Honaker, Virginia, is a 5-year-old girl who loves lemon-lime slush. She sleeps in a room with a quilted bedspread and matching purple curtains. She adores her cat Tiger, dogs Smoky and Rusty and a black, pop-eyed goldfish.

Navajo code talker from World War II diesupdated Thu Nov 01 2012 23:06:13

George Smith, one of the Navajo code talkers who helped the U.S. military outfox the Japanese during World War II by sending messages in their obscure language, has died, the president of the Navajo Nation said.

WWII vet dies shortly after casting final voteupdated Wed Oct 24 2012 19:50:17

Days after a photo of him casting his final presidential vote captured the hearts of thousands and went viral online, World War II veteran Frank Tanabe died Wednesday.

Will candidates let returning troops fall off the fiscal cliff?updated Wed Oct 03 2012 08:06:04

With the presidential race heading into its final stretch, both candidates vow to protect the sacred promises made to military families. But neither is offering any details on how they might support military families if we hit a fiscal cliff with budget cuts that could wipe out services for military and veterans' families.

Hundreds of thousands of war vets still waiting for health benefitsupdated Sat Sep 29 2012 19:20:57

Mike Rioux can't go to the grocery store without making a list, even for a single item.

Military leaders: We're still too fat to fightupdated Tue Sep 25 2012 09:08:49

Childhood obesity isn't just a health issue, according to a group of retired military leaders. It's also a national security issue.

Last call for the 63rd Infantry Division?updated Sun Sep 23 2012 09:37:28

And then there were 10.

Triple-amputee veteran gets 'smart' home on September 11updated Mon Sep 10 2012 14:18:34

While serving on an assignment in Afghanistan on October 23, 2010, Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez landed on a buried bomb after slipping down an embankment and lost both of his legs and his right arm in an explosion.

The psychology of heroism: Why some people leap in front of bulletsupdated Mon Aug 13 2012 12:34:44

On August 5, when a gunman drove to a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee and started shooting his 9mm handgun, some ran and some leapt to stop him.

U.S. in first effort to clean up Agent Orange in Vietnamupdated Fri Aug 10 2012 01:10:22

The United States has pitched in for the first time to clean up part of the toxic legacy left by the millions of gallons of the chemical compound codenamed Agent Orange that it dumped on Vietnam during the war there in the 1960s and '70s.

Vets charity accused of illegal accountingupdated Thu Aug 09 2012 19:35:12

California authorities are taking a controversial veterans' charity to court, accusing it of paying officers "excessive" salaries and making "imprudent" loans, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a leading conservative activist's company.

Rail industry aims to hire 5,000 veterans this yearupdated Tue Jul 10 2012 18:36:32

Facing an aging rail industry workforce and an influx of returning military veterans, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday an initiative in which the growing rail sector will hire more than 5,000 veterans this year, matching the same number hired in 2011.

The toll of war now includes more amputeesupdated Sun May 27 2012 10:18:40

Moments after the explosion, as he lay in a canal in rural Afghanistan, Cpl. Todd Nicely screamed twice at the top of his lungs. He was hurt so badly, his right leg blown away, his left one barely hanging on, but then he thought of two things.

Does brain injury link NFL players, wounded warriors?updated Wed May 16 2012 15:00:51

The same dementia-like disease found in the brain tissue of several National Football League players has shown up in the brains of four U.S. veterans exposed to improvised explosive devices and other head trauma, according to new research.

Veterans transition from war zone to classroomupdated Wed Dec 14 2011 10:24:35

"When I got out of the Army, I did not want to talk about my war experience," said Angela Kozak, currently a speech pathology student at San Diego State University.

Submariners unsung heroes of Cold Warupdated Thu Nov 10 2011 09:14:27

When Al Charette traveled to the North Pole, he went under it.

World War II veteran still swingingupdated Wed Nov 09 2011 10:19:57

It has been more than 65 years, but for 93-year-old Anthony Snetro, the image of a Japanese torpedo bomber closing in on him will never go away.

Brothers went to war, but not all on the same sideupdated Tue Nov 08 2011 15:36:17

The Oka boys are a true band of brothers. All seven served in the military, yet they fought on opposing sides.

Japanese-American WWII vets awarded special medalupdated Wed Nov 02 2011 21:19:07

Nearly seven decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of Japanese-American World War II veterans were honored Wednesday at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony held at the U.S Capitol.

Harvard professor among veterans to get Congressional Gold Medalupdated Tue Nov 01 2011 14:29:08

Out of sheer boredom, Susumu Ito, in World War II, became a forward artillery observer, one of the most dangerous jobs available.