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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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Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison during a ceremony at Camp Zama, Japan, Jan. 10, 2013. (Jay Mann/U.S. Army)

Former US Army Japan commander forced out, forfeits star for mishandling sex assault claim

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August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — An Army two-star general in Japan who delayed investigation of a sexual assault complaint against an officer with whom he had a long history will be ejected from the service and lose a star in retirement, the Army announced Wednesday...

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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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  Oscar the Grouch during Sesame Street's 42nd season. An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia compares veterans unhappy about their care to the Muppet character. (Richard Termine/sesameworkshop.org)

Philly VA training slides depicted veterans as ‘Oscar the Grouch’

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August 28, 2014

The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs depicted dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in a recent internal training guide, and some vets and VA staffers said Tuesday that they feel trashed.

The cranky Sesame Street...

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