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Oscar the Grouch during Sesame Street's 42nd season. (Richard Termine/sesameworkshop.org)

VA chief orders training program review after ‘Oscar the Grouch’ incident

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August 30, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday ordered a systemwide review of the agency’s training programs after the Philadelphia VA benefits office compiled an employee training guide that appeared to depict veterans as...

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Paper files of benefits cases crowd shelves at the Department of Veterans Affairs office in Los Angeles, December 5, 2012. (Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Why VA claims exploded and ways to slow the trend

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August 29, 2014

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013.  So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period?  And why has yearly VA disability...

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John A. Walker Jr., is escorted by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md. after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore on Aug. 15, 1985. (Ron Edmonds/AP)

Former US sailor who spied for Soviets dies in prison

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August 30, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.

Retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr...

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Adm. Samuel Locklear III, head of U.S. Pacific Command, listens to a speech at the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, on Oct. 2, 2013. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

Locklear: Navy tech, legacy fleet must 'bend' to meet future threats

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August 28, 2014

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Scientific innovators will need to “bend” elements of the Navy’s current technology to meet the force’s future needs, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told a group of international scientists and defense engineers...

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