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After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

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Psychologist Diane Adams devotes a portion of her private practice in Renton, Wash., to veterans. But she said the bureaucracy involved in the Veterans Choice program has proved frustrating and veterans have had a hard time getting approval to see her. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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For Doctors And Patients, 'Veterans Choice' Often Means Long Waits

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For simple care and prescriptions, veterans in Northern California can go to 14 CVS MinuteClinics. Tom Starkweather/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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For Fertility Treatment, Wounded Veterans Have To Pay The Bill

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Inmate and Vietnam veteran Ed Munis works on his computer at the Veteran Service Office in California's Soledad Correctional Training Facility, which he helped start more than a decade ago. Krista Almanzan/KAZU hide caption

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Inmate-Run Program Helps Vets Behind Bars Navigate VA Maze

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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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Ray Spaulding cooks apples in front of a class on cooking healthful desserts at the Portland VA withJessica Mooney, right, a clinical dietitian. About 80 percent of veterans are overweight and obese and another quarter have diabetes, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Conrad Wilson/OPB hide caption

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In Portland, A Boot Camp To Help Veterans Cook Healthier Food

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Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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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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A U.S. Air Force C-123 sprays herbicides on dense jungle beside a South Vietnamese highway on May 18, 1966. This aircraft is the last in a formation of three. Spray from the other two planes can be seen ahead. U.S. Air Force via AP hide caption

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Air Force Reservists Say Agent Orange Residue Damaged Their Health

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald attends a news conference after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla., last month. Chris O'Meara/Associated Press hide caption

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Secretary Of Embattled VA: 'I Can Reset The Tone'

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