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Congressman: VA limited distribution of Christmas cards, gifts

Congressman: VA limited distribution of Christmas cards, gifts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Republican congressman says some Veterans Administration hospitals may have violated some patients' civil rights by limiting Christmas activities.

Judge says VA can't refuse to pay benefits to same-sex spouse

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay a California veteran in a same-sex marriage the benefits due a married couple.

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'GI Bill' parody draws official response

'GI Bill' parody draws official response

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office confirms it queried the Pentagon about a satirical report that Guantanamo detainees will get GI Bill benefits.

Military burial for same-sex spouse

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A retired Air Force officer has been given permission to bury the ashes of her same-sex partner in a military cemetery in Oregon.

Phrase 'GI Bill' trademarked to stop fraud

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has trademarked "GI Bill" to crack down on Internet scams aimed at Iraq and Afghanistan servicemen.
On any night, 76,000 veterans are homeless

On any night, 76,000 veterans are homeless

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Veterans who eat at St. Anthony's Foundation in San Francisco receive a gift bag complete with a new pair of shoes on Veterans Day, officials say.

Claims and their backlog at VA grow

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has completed more than 1 million pension and benefits claims this year, but still has 890,000 claims pending, data show.
Obama's schedule for Thursday, July 26

Obama's schedule for Thursday, July 26

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Thursday after a cabinet meeting, the White House said.

VA to add 1,900 mental health clinicians

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- The secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said the VA is hiring 1,900 mental health clinicians including nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists.
End of WW II commemorated at Pearl Harbor

End of WW II commemorated at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a Medal of Honor recipient, was among dignitaries commemorating the official end of World War II at Pearl Harbor.

VA says it's whittling down claims backlog

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a national veterans group Tuesday his department is making progress in reducing the backlog of health claims.
Obama to sign veterans healthcare bill

Obama to sign veterans healthcare bill

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama will sign a bill that would expand healthcare services for veterans and expand caregiver benefits and training, the White House said.
Obama: America 'forever grateful' to vets

Obama: America 'forever grateful' to vets

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns Wednesday, and thanked veterans and active-duty forces for their service to the country.

VA seeks to overhaul homelessness stance

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says its plan to fight homelessness among vets involves a complete overhaul of its traditional framework on the issue.
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Eric Ken Shinseki (pronounced /ʃɨnˈsɛki/; born November 28, 1942) is a retired United States Army four-star general who is currently serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His final U.S. Army post was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army (1999–2003). He is a veteran of combat in Vietnam, having been left with a maimed foot.

Shinseki was born in Lihue, Kauai in the then Territory of Hawaii, to an American family of Japanese Ancestry. His grandparents immigrated from Hiroshima to Hawaii in 1901. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant. He earned a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Duke University. He was also educated at the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

Shinseki served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the Continental United States and overseas, including two combat tours with the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions in the Republic of Vietnam as an artillery forward observer and as commander of Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment. During one of those tours, he stepped on a land mine, which blew the front off one of his feet.

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