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Two months after President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first hospital system in the country to publicly release the rates of its opioid prescriptions. On Jan. 11, the VA uploaded the opiate prescription rates of 144 of its medical centers and clinics in an effort to increase transparency over how and at what volume the department administers the addictive pain pills.

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On July 18, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, former Texas Governor Rick Perry introduced Navy Cross recipient and former SEAL, Marcus Luttrell who spoke from the heart about his military service and national security, saying frankly: “The only way we’re going to keep America safe is to have an elite military.”

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