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Congress is using its relatively few working days before November's general election to send a message of support to the nation's 21 million-plus veterans. No legislative breakthroughs are expected, but lawmakers in both parties hope the late push will help them make their case to a critical voting bloc.
A key lawmaker said he likes the improvements being made in military transition assistance programs but worries that service members might not get enough time away from duties to take full advantage of those improvements.
What began as a dramatic but seemingly isolated scandal over wasteful conference spending at the General Services Administration has expanded to include a dozen agencies.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has proposed opening military Tricare networks of civilian health care providers to veterans who can’t get timely mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A 73-year-old attorney pleaded guilty in Houston federal district court Tuesday to conspiring with his wife to steal $2.3 million from 49 disabled veterans and then hiding the thefts by creating fake reports, imaginary bank accounts and filing a bogus income tax return.