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Army veteran Chris Riga survived multiple blast injuries in deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. He rearranges sticky notes on his desk to assist him in remembering tasks he has to do throughout the day at his job as patient experience coordinator at the Northampton VA Medical Center in Leeds, Mass. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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'What Does War Do To An Entire Person?' — VA Studies Veterans With Blast Injuries

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Artificial flowers decorate barbed wire fence as Soviet army troops stop in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 1988. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 to shore up the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. Douglas E. Curran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Many Russians Today Take Pride In Afghan War That Foretold Soviet Demise

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Joseph Walker, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was honored with a full military burial on Monday. After officials warned that he might be buried without anyone in attendance, a huge crowd responded. Texas General Land Office hide caption

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U.S. soldiers traverse fields on the way to conducting house-to- house searches in 2007 in Mukhisa, Iraq. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Veterans Claiming Illness From Burn Pits Lose Court Fight

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'This Is Crossing The Line': Saudis Co-Opted Veterans' Voices To Lobby Congress

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Veterans gather at the site of the 1776 Battle of Fort Washington in Manhattan. They are calling on the VA to rename the Manhattan VA Medical Center in honor of Margaret Corbin, who took her husband's place during the battle after he was killed. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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'To Care For Him': Female Veterans Ask VA To Include Them In Its Motto

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said his department is on the mend after a tumultuous 2018. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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After A Year Of Turmoil, New VA Secretary Says 'Waters Are Calmer'

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Former Marine Josh Onan talks with George Kevin Flood, a staff psychiatrist at the San Diego VA. Onan is taking advantage of a year-old program that makes VA care available to people with less-than-honorable military discharges. Katie Schoolov/KPBS hide caption

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VA Struggles To Reach Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help

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The contents of the naloxone kit inside an AED box located in the VA West Roxbury cafeteria. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response

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Brenda J. Faulkner, co-founder of The Truman Foundation, sits with her dog Truman at the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans annual conference in Tyson's Corner, Va. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Marines Who Fired Rocket Launchers Now Worry About Their Brains

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Jesse Henderson (left), an Army veteran, walks Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles looking for homeless veterans. His job is to try and connect them with support resources, including transitional housing, offered by the nonprofit U.S.Vets. Gloria Hillard/NPR hide caption

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Fewer Homeless Veterans On LA's Streets

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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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Air Force veteran Cat Corchado leads support groups in Charlotte, N.C., specifically for female veterans. Her group is called Women Veteran Network, or WoVeN. Jay Price/North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC hide caption

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Battling Depression And Suicide Among Female Veterans

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(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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