February 5, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer for a battle it's waging at home — against disease. Actually, more than a few are needed. Officials overseeing health care for the nation's veterans are undertaking what may be the largest effort of its kind in the nation, to collect medical records and blood samples from a million former service members for a bank of genetic information. The idea is to give researchers enough DNA and other data to link specific genes to mental and physical maladies, from post-traumatic stress disorder to heart disease, and eventually develop new preventive measures or treatments.
December 9, 2008
Maryland veterans who have been forced to travel long distances and wait for care at heavily used Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the state are going to get some relief. The department is planning two new outpatient clinics here - one at Fort Meade and another in northern Montgomery County. The Montgomery clinic will serve more than 4,000 veterans, while the Fort Meade facility will assist 2,500 who otherwise might have to travel to Baltimore, Perry Point or Washington for primary care, mental health services and other medical specialties.
September 27, 2013
Shortages of beds, doctors and nurses in the Baltimore VA Medical Center's emergency room resulted in nearly half of a sample of patients spending more than 6 hours at the facility, including one who waited more than 24 hours, according to a critical inspection report released this month. In that case, a 59-year-old woman who reported a racing and pounding heartbeat waited 24 hours, 8 minutes before being admitted to a unit where her heartbeat could be continuously monitored. In another example, a 52-year-old man with schizophrenia who expressed desires to kill himself or others waited 22 hours until he was transferred to a non-VA hospital for treatment.
September 28, 2013
The U.S. National World War II Memorial opened on the Mall in Washington in 2004 - too late for most of the war's veterans. At the time of the memorial's dedication, it was estimated that only a quarter of the 16 million Americans who served in the war were still alive. Today, 68 years after the war's end, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that more than 600 World War II veterans die each day. Which is why three Southwest Airlines chartered flights, bearing 200 veterans from New England and New York, arrived at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport early Saturday.
August 11, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has awarded $5.2 million in homeless prevention grants to six Maryland-based nonprofit organizations. The grants are intended to help 925 homeless and at-risk veterans in the state with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA benefits. Surveys indicate there about 300 homeless veterans in Baltimore. The number has remained steady since at least 2009.
August 18, 2002
Jesse Brown 58, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who led the nation's second-largest Cabinet agency, died in Washington on Thursday after a long illness. At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Brown liked to call himself the secretary "for" veterans affairs and said he had won several battles with Congress because "we hold the high moral ground." Mr. Brown suffered from lower motor neuron syndrome, which attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Mr. Brown enlisted in the Marines in 1963.