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Abbie Bennett


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Past articles by Abbie:

National Guard activated after protesters storm Capitol, force evacuations

Washington, D.C. National Guard troops were deployed to the United States Capitol complex after protesters stormed the Capitol building, clashing with police and forcing evacuations. → Read More

Low risk of contracting COVID-19 on airplanes if masks are worn, study suggests

There’s a low risk for travelers on airplanes to contract COVID-19 and other airborne viruses, an early military study released Thursday suggests – regardless of where passengers sit. Read more! → Read More

VA Asks Public for Donations for Homeless Veterans During Pandemic

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is asking the public for donations for homeless veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is how you can help. → Read More

VA is a last line of defense in the US against national medical emergencies like pandemics

Not many know that VA -- the largest single healthcare provider in the United States -- is expected to mobilize and serve as a last line of defense in national medical emergencies. → Read More

VA doesn’t pay for PTSD service dogs for veterans. House passes bill to change that.

Veterans with post-traumatic stress could have more opportunities to get a service dog paid for by the VA if the PAWS Act in Congress becomes law. → Read More

1 in 5 veterans' military sexual trauma claims were wrongly denied or mishandled by VA, officials say

For nearly two years, about one in five veteran military sexual trauma claims were wrongfully denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, officials told Congress Wednesday. → Read More

Multiple failings by VA staff could have contributed to veteran suicide death, report shows

A veteran died by suicide at a Minneapolis VA hospital after multiple failings by Department of Veterans Affairs staff, a new watchdog report shows. → Read More

VA to focus on suicide prevention, electronic health records and caregiver benefits in 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it plans to work on veteran suicide prevention, benefits for certain Agent Orange-exposed veterans, a new electronic health record system and caregiver benefits in 2020. → Read More

Could an anonymous path to mental health help prevent military suicides? Congress wants to find out.

Military and veteran suicides continue to rise, despite billions in federal funding and ever-expanding programs and resources. About 20 veterans die by suicide daily. Active-duty suicides in 2018 were the highest since the military began tracking the numbers in 2001. → Read More

Find out about the woman who a major women veterans' bill is named after

In 1782, as the fires of the Revolutionary War continued to rage, Deborah Sampson sewed herself a uniform and disguised herself as a man named Robert Shurtleff. → Read More

Congresswoman introduces bill to end 'epidemic' of harassment, sexual assault at VA

Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., on Monday introduced the Stop Harassment and Sexual Assault at VA Act, which would create a departmentwide policy to stop "this epidemic of rampant" harassment and sexual assault Brownley says "too often occurs" at VA facilities nationwide. → Read More

Veteran disability benefits to get cost-of-living increase

Disabled veterans should see a cost of living increase to their benefits next year. → Read More

Astronaut accused of possible first space crime for checking ex's bank account

A NASA astronaut is accused of illegally accessing her estranged spouse's bank account from space. → Read More

No smoking at VA hospitals – including e-cigs and vaping – beginning in October

The VA has outlawed smoking at its hospitals and medical facilities. This includes cigars, pipes and "any other combustion of tobacco and non-Federal Drug Administration approved electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens or → Read More

VA Reportedly Spent Up to $920 Million in ‘Illegal, Improper’ Spending: Report

(Connecting Vets) - Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $4.8 billion using charge cards. → Read More

AMVETS to keep Rolling Thunder going in 2020

Rolling Thunder will keep on rolling. This year, Rolling Thunder hinted 2019 would be its final ride. But veteran service organization AMVETS is stepping up to fill the gap and continue the annual event, hoping to work with local Rolling Thunder chapters to make it happen. → Read More

VA Secretary Wilkie orders 'stay' on Blue Water veteran disability benefits cases until 2020

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie has ordered a stay on Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans' claims until 2020. → Read More

Gary Sinise won’t host National Memorial Day Concert in D.C., PBS says

Lt. Dan won’t make an appearance at this year’s National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C. → Read More

Congress canceled votes on bills to help veterans access medical marijuana

Bills that could help expand medical marijuana access to veterans were pulled from a congressional committee hearing shortly before the Wednesday meeting. → Read More

Hours after 4th veteran suicide this month, Congress grills VA on results

The rate of veteran suicide is not decreasing and members of Congress held a press conference and hearing on April 29 to get answers and promote efforts to help. → Read More