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VA Head Pledges To Provide Health Care Backstop, Responds To Lack Of Gear Claims

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Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Public Health Service, speaks during one of the daily briefings on COVID-19 last week. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Public Health Service Poised To Create A Ready Reserve To Fight The Coronavirus

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In the Queens borough of New York City on Tuesday, people wearing face masks wait in line to enter a store that offers check-cashing services. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Public Health Service Needs Ready Reserve To Back-Fill Jobs, Advocates Say

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Coronavirus Updates: Governors Unite, Trump Not Firing Fauci

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Internal Emails Show VA Hospitals Are Rationing Protective Gear

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Coronavirus Latest: Unemployment Numbers, Federal Guidelines For Local Governments

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New York Still Faces Looming Shortage Of Medical Equipment For Critical Care

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New York Is One Of The States Bearing The Brunt Of COVID-19 Pandemic

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New York State Goes 'On Pause,' Orders New Closings For Nonessential Businesses

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie told NPR the department was prepared to help back up the nation's health care system, if needed. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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VA Secretary Wilkie: 'We Are The Surge Force'

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Veterans Of Afghanistan Conflict React To Negotiations Between U.S. And Taliban

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