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Mystery in Hot Springs: Veterans are baffled and furious as VA prepares to abandon a medical center that serves three states

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved) John Renstrom used to get all his medical care at a VA hospital near his home in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Now he drives 120 miles round-trip for everything from PTSD … Continue reading

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Last Rites : As demand at national veterans cemeteries soars, VA scrambles to add burial space – and one community takes matters into its own hands

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved) Kristie Roberts’ family was disheartened to learn that she didn’t qualify for burial in the national veterans cemetery near their home in upstate New York. It was Roberts’ wish when she first … Continue reading

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Veterans and widows are bewildered by VA’s unpredictable — and seemingly unfair — approach to Agent Orange claims

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved) When Mary Warner’s husband became too sick to care for himself, she took early retirement and a reduced pension to attend to his needs. It was a significant financial risk. The Warners … Continue reading

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Upside Down Lives: Spouses and parents of severely injured veterans struggle under weight of 24/7 caregiving

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012/All Rights Reserved) By the time Debbie Schulz got help, she had been her wounded son’s full-time caregiver for more than six years. She had lost her husband, her teaching career and her retirement. She lay … Continue reading

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Rare Victory: Vietnam Navy veterans struggle to prove, and keep, Agent Orange benefits

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved)  Surgeons started removing strange growths from Mark Crosbie’s body a few years after he came home from Vietnam. Over the next three decades, they took sebaceous cysts from the Navy veteran’s back, … Continue reading

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When doing everything right isn’t enough: A Marine’s suicide shows that even the unlikeliest veteran can fall through the cracks.

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved)  Of all the questions raised by Clay Hunt’s suicide, perhaps the most perplexing is this: why did a 28-year-old former Marine who was receiving VA health care, taking medications for post-traumatic stress … Continue reading

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The War Within: The battle against post-traumatic stress

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved) Melissa Seligman started shaking when her husband described the aftermath of a suicide bombing he witnessed during his first deployment to Iraq. She had heard that same flat, detached tone from her father, when … Continue reading

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