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Local dog trainer helps veterans heal

Updated: 07/24/2014 - A local dog trainer is trying to help cut costs for veterans in need of a service dog. He's training them for free.

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Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

Updated: 07/24/2014 - Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That is $10 billion less than a bill passed by the Senate last month and nearly $20 billion less than a House-backed measure.

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12 OYS: Local vet's emotional letter to VA Secretary gets swift response

Updated: 07/10/2014 - He said he never hesitated to voluntarily serve his country in Vietnam, but now that veteran said the VA is dragging its feet on getting him the piece of medical equipment that can make him mobile again. 12 On Your Side took the vet's request to the agency's top official.

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2 top Veterans Affairs officials leaving jobs

Posted: 06/25/2014 - Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson made the moves less than a month after he replaced Eric Shinseki as head of the agency. Shinseki resigned after apologizing for the agency's problems.

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Bergdahl not interviewed yet by Army investigator

Posted: 06/25/2014 - Senior U.S. Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) has not yet been interviewed by the two-star general appointed last week to investigate the matter. They said he has not been read his legal rights and has not asked for a lawyer.

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VA falls short on female medical issues

Posted: 06/23/2014 - An Associated Press review finds nearly one in four VA hospitals does not have a fulltime gynecologist on staff, and 15 percent of community-based clinics do not have designated women's health providers.

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VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

Posted: 06/23/2014 - He is agreeing with the federal official responsible for investigating complaints from government whistleblowers that the VA hasn't taken those complaints seriously.

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Augusta community gets a feel for life in Army boots

Updated: 06/17/2014 - The community members were afforded a realistic military training experience while staying the night in tents at the Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy Forward Operating Base where they witnessed the true meaning of adaptability.

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Pentagon: Benghazi suspect in US custody

Posted: 06/17/2014 - A Libyan militant who is suspected in the Benghazi attack is now in U.S. custody. That announcement from the Pentagon marks the first time the U.S. has apprehended one of the people who allegedly carried out that attack -- which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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Army: Bergdahl in stable condition

Updated: 06/13/2014 - DiSalvo says Bergdahl is in stable condition, though there's no timeline for his reintegration. But the Army also says it's pleased with Bergdahl's physical state.

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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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