Veterans Veterans

(Top) Britnee Kinard's husband, Hamilton, has a brain injury and PTSD. She got kicked off the program by the Charleston VA in 2014. (Left) Hamilton's daily medication. (Right) His uniform in the closet at their home in Richmond Hill, Ga. Eva Verbeeck for NPR hide caption

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VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities

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U.S. Marines fire the Carl Gustav rocket system during live-fire training last October. With each firing, the shooter's brain is exposed to pulses of high pressure air emanating from the explosion that travel faster than the speed of sound. Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDS hide caption

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Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooter's Brain At Risk

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President Trump has always managed by instinct and gut, but the results don't always translate into a successful Cabinet confirmation or policies that can withstand judicial scrutiny. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Veterans in Murfreesboro, Tenn., enjoy a wheelchair tai chi class; other alternative health programs now commonly offered at VA hospitals in the U.S. include yoga, mindfulness training and art therapy. Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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To Treat Pain, PTSD And Other Ills, Some Vets Try Tai Chi

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, shown at the White House in January 2017, didn't just give a handout to a man in need, but a hand of help. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Joe Biden And A Homeless Veteran Have A Very Human Moment

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Vanessa Flores (right) embraces another woman Friday after she leaves the locked-down Veterans Home of California in Yountville, Calif., during a hostage situation. Law enforcement officers found a gunman and three hostages dead after a lengthy standoff. Stephen Lam/Getty Images hide caption

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Earl Borges, now 70, conducted river patrols in the Navy during the Vietnam War. These days, he says, symptoms from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ALS can intensify the anxiety he experiences as a result of PTSD. Courtesy of Shirley Borges hide caption

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Reverberations Of War Complicate Vietnam Veterans' End-Of-Life Care

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Democratic congressional candidate Jared Golden making his announcement speech last month in Maine. Steve Mistler/Maine Public Radio hide caption

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With An Eye On the House, Democrats Turn To Veterans For 2018 Races

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A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking hide caption

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A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

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In this 1945 image, test subjects enter a gas chamber for a U.S. military experiment that will expose them to mustard gas. Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal hide caption

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Less than half of the 22 million veterans in the U.S. get their health care through the Veterans Affairs system. Many rely on Medicaid, which is slated for reductions under the health plan making its way through the U.S. Senate. bwilking/Getty Images hide caption

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Veterans Helped By Obamacare Worry About Republican Repeal Efforts

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Doc Todd's hip-hop album is called Combat Medicine. Hyperion Productions/Courtesy of Doc Todd hide caption

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'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

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The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs and protecting whistleblowers. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Congress Passes Bill To Increase Accountability Among VA Employees

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After 23 years, Cameron Cook (left) is leaving the service. Jarrad Turner (right) left in 2010. Courtesy of Cameron Cook/Courtesy of Jarrad Turner hide caption

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Advice From A Vet On The 'Rude Awakening' Of Transition To Civilian Life

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President Donald Trump signs the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act at the White House on Wednesday. Molly Riley/Pool/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin is working with Congress to renew the Veterans Choice program, which allows some veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, and provides money for medical staff. Marian Carrasquero /NPR hide caption

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'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

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