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Sen. Tim Scott wants SC veteran facility audit

Updated: 06/12/2014 - Data released Monday showed patients seeking care through Columbia's VA hospital wait an average of 77 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor — more than five times longer than the department's goal.

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Bowe Bergdahl to return to US tomorrow

Posted: 06/12/2014 - Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl. Some of Bergdahl's former Army colleagues have accused him of deserting his post.

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How South Carolina, Georgia stack up in VA audit

Updated: 06/09/2014 - VA guidelines say veterans should be seen within 14 days of their desired date for a primary care appointment. The department now says that meeting that target was unattainable given existing resources and growing demand.

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Audit: Over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

Posted: 06/09/2014 - The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments.

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Bergdahl's hometown cancels celebration of release

Posted: 06/04/2014 - The small Idaho hometown of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has canceled plans for a celebration later this month, citing security concerns after the town was inundated with negative emails and angry phone calls.

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Lawmakers working on veterans' relief bill

Updated: 06/04/2014 - A half dozen key lawmakers are trying to quickly craft a compromise bill to help veterans facing long appointment waits at VA hospitals and make it easier to fire administrators who covered up the delays.

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VA says it has contacted vets left off wait list

Posted: 06/04/2014 - The new Veterans Affairs chief says his department has reached out to all 1,700 veterans kept off an official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix hospital.

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Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

Updated: 06/04/2014 - The exchange and still-murky circumstances of how Bergdahl came to be captured by the Taliban nearly five years ago have prompted a fierce debate in Washington after the five freed Taliban were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country that served as a mediator between the two sides.

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Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

Posted: 06/03/2014 - Obama said the U.S. plans to send more military equipment and rotate additional U.S. troops into the region. He called on Congress to provide the funding.

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SC voters to decide if governor picks top soldier

Posted: 06/03/2014 - Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Tuesday laying out the qualifications needed to fill the post of adjutant general, if voters approve the idea that the governor may appoint someone to the job.

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Shinseki had support of many vet groups until end

Posted: 05/30/2014 - He's one of them -- a disabled veteran who lost part of his right foot to a mine in Vietnam, a soldier who riled superiors by telling Congress the U.S. needed more troops in Iraq than Washington wanted.

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Obama says US finishing the job in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/27/2014 - The president says he will seek to bring the U.S. force in Afghanistan down to 9,800 as the American combat mission ends later this year. He then intends to withdraw most those forces by the end of 2016.

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2,000 museums offer military families free access

Updated: 05/21/2014 - The initiative began in 2010 with fewer than 1,000 museums. New participants this year include the High Museum in Atlanta and The Thinkery children's museum in Austin, Texas.

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'We Were Soldiers' veterans in Augusta for reunion

Updated: 05/09/2014 - It's been called the "the battle that changed the war in Vietnam," one of its bloodiest events, the battle in the La Drang Valley. The soldiers who fought the battle, inspiring a book and movie, are visiting Augusta for a reunion.

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