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Retired Sgt. Chris Kurtz wheels himself up to his front door as his wife and caretaker, Heather Kurtz, follows behind. The Department of Veterans Affairs told him last summer that he no longer needs a caregiver. Erica Brechtelsbauer for NPR hide caption

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VA Says It Will Stop Arbitrarily Dropping Caregivers From Program

The temporary suspension comes three days after a report from NPR exposed concern from veterans that their caregivers were arbitrarily cut, despite no change in their status.

Tired of Fighting Menahan Street Band
Caroline Babies
An Evening I will Not Forget Dermot Kennedy
Dark Eyes Calexico, Iron and Wine et. al.
Malunguinho Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra
O Tannenbaum Vince Guaraldi, Colin Bailey et. al.
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Pond Hopper Matt Costa

Retired Sgt. Chris Kurtz wheels himself up to his front door as his wife and caretaker, Heather Kurtz, follows behind. The Department of Veterans Affairs told him last summer that he no longer needs a caregiver. Erica Brechtelsbauer for NPR hide caption

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VA Says It Will Stop Arbitrarily Dropping Caregivers From Program

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Robert Bly, pictured here in 1980, is known as the chief proponent of the Men's Movement of the 1990s. But in the poetry world, he's known for emotionally charged work about nature, the Vietnam War and personal unburdening. Alan Gilbert Purcell/Fairfax Media via Getty Images hide caption

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The Poet Of Minnesota, Vietnam And Mythical Men

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To the Levee
Practice Makes Perfect Billie Holiday

This is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's third bout with cancer. In 1999, she was treated for colorectal cancer; in 2009, it was pancreatic cancer. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery For Lung Cancer

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Everyone's a V.I.P. to Someone The Go! Team
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Crunch Chicago Afrobeat Project
Citizen Of Glass (Instrumental) Agnes Obel
Dance Music The Mountain Goats
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Best Secret Pete Rock
From Here:Interlude
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Janelle Monáe On Her Dirty, World-Dominating Year

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Screwed (feat. Zoë Kravitz) Janelle Monae
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