Pills sit in a disposal container at the 18th Medical Group pharmacy, June 8, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sergeant Jessica H. Smith)

Claretha Singleton, widow of an Army veteran who died of lung cancer years after exposure to Agent Orange, filled her prescriptions at the Naval Hospital Beaufort for 12 years. Last November, the hospital told her that not only was she not eligible to get her medicine there, but she owed money for all the drugs she'd obtained there previously.

The bill, due in one month: $10,630.

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VISTA —An Iraq war veteran who said he killed a stranger in Oceanside at the behest of a secret agency that controlled his brain was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The sentence for Mikhail Schmidt comes less than a month after a Superior Court jury in North County found Schmidt guilty of first-degree murder of Jacob Bravo, a stranger that Schmidt spotted, followed and stabbed to death on March 8, 2017.

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Associated Press/Charles Dharapak

Editor’s Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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Naval History and Heritage Command

Noxious fumes from a 16-year-old decision by federal bureaucrats are finally beginning to dissipate for the Navy’s so-called “Blue Water” vets. They may be on course to again receive benefits for their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

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Sam Genco, at age 19, narrowly survived one of the United States’ worst military aircraft carrier fires. Today, 50 years later, it’s that ship’s drinking water he says could be killing him.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

National Guard veteran Amie Muller believed deployments to Iraq caused the cancer that killed her.

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