Historical film footage and modern interpretive dance recreated the images of World War II at D-Day’s 70th anniversary, a blend of old and new that bridged seven decades and depicted a once riven Europe as a newly unified whole. Continue reading
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that Russia must block weapons from entering Ukraine, recognize Kiev’s new leaders and cease supporting pro-Russian separatists or face new sanctions. The leaders met at the G7 summit in Brussels. Also, Sens. John McCain and Bernie Sanders agreed on a bipartisan bill to address delays in veteran health care. Continue reading
Eric Shinseki ended his five-year tenure as secretary of Veterans Affairs after more than 100 members of Congress demanded he step down. How will the VA clean up its problem-plagued health system? Jeffrey Brown talks to retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, M.D., Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans and Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency’s health care system that serves millions of the nation’s former warriors.
President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation “with considerable regret,” and appointed Sloan Gibson, the agency’s No. 2 official, as temporary secretary. Obama also said that the Justice Department would determine if any illegality had occurred, and that a top White House aide who has been detailed to the Veterans Affairs Department would remain there for the time being. Continue reading
President Obama on Friday accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, after a series of scandals regarding health care of veterans came to light. What does Shinseki’s resignation mean for the agency and what will his successor need to fix? We asked several analysts. Continue reading
Calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki are mounting in Washington after the inspector general’s interim report on the VA medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, alleged staffers cooked the books to earn bonuses. Lawmakers on both sides, including Sen. John McCain, are calling for a criminal investigation. Hari Sreenivasan gets more detail from Gregg Zoroya of USA Today. Continue reading
After months or years on the battlefield, soldiers can feel isolated as they cope with PTSD and trauma in day-to-day civilian life. At VetsPrevail soldiers can get online and chat with other veterans about how they’re adjusting, and help them cope with the transition.
Memorial Day can be an emotional day for those who have lost a loved one serving in the military. In turn, common remarks like “Happy Memorial Day” can be painful for some families to hear. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Obama, Shinseki under pressure More to it than just tea party vs. establishment Candidates matter McConnell wants Lincoln-Douglas debates Mississippi’s nasty Senate race is about more than Mississippi Obama vows accountability with VA scandal: Under … Continue reading