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David Toombs holds a photo of his son, John, at his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Former Sgt. John Toombs developed a drug problem after he left the Army and was in a residential treatment program at the Murfreesboro Veterans Affairs center. In 2016, he killed himself on the VA campus. Kristina Krug for NPR hide caption

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A Vet's Suicide Pushes The VA To Do Better

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VA Hospital Aims To Do Better After Veteran's Suicide

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Nico Walker wrote his semi-autobiographical novel Cherry while in federal prison for armed bank robbery. Courtesy of Nico Walker hide caption

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An Iraq Veteran, Heroin Addict, Bank Robber And Debut Novelist

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Robert Wilkie Sworn In As Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

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North Korea Turns Over 55 Boxes Of Possible Remains Of U.S. Serviceman

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Robert Wilkie testifies during a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on June 27, 2018. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Senate Confirms Pentagon Official To Head Veterans Affairs Department

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Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Robert Wilkie (right) speaks with Marion Polk, national commander of AMVETS, before testifying at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Trump's Uncontroversial VA Pick Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

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Robert Wilkie, Trump's Nominee To Lead VA, Has Relatively Smooth Confirmation Hearing

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What To Know About Trump's VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie

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News Brief: Primaries Roundup, VA Secretary Hearing, War In Syria

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Immigration lawyer Margaret Stock displays a document sent to U.S. Army enlistee Shu Luo, threatening him with deportation. Courtesy of Margaret Stock hide caption

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ICE Drops Deportation Threat Against Chinese Student Joining U.S. Army

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North Korea To Help Identify, Return Remains Of U.S. Troops From Korean War

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A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers, a Korean War soldier, at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu, North Korea. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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