VA addiction therapist Brandon Coleman, now on administrative leave, testified about widespread problems with privacy breaches before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs in September. Madison Kirkman/AP Images for ProPublica hide caption

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In Portland, A Boot Camp To Help Veterans Cook Healthier Food
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The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, seen here last November, has acknowledged that he was wrong when he said he had been in the special forces. Chuck Myers/Landov hide caption

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Air Force Reservists Say Agent Orange Residue Damaged Their Health
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Secretary Of Embattled VA: 'I Can Reset The Tone'
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Soldiers returning from the Pacific wave from the deck of the USS General Mitchell on Dec. 11, 1945. Much of the health care demand in the VA system is from veterans of earlier wars. AP hide caption

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Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In
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Veterans Advocate Says He Fears Loss Of Faith In VA
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