President Donald Trump marked the beginning of 2018 with an executive order focused on reducing the risk fo suicide among former service members, but the Department of Veterans Affairs spent precisely dick making the public aware of suicide prevention measures, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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A pair of programs currently underway at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Cleveland aim to determine if a low-dose infusion of ketamine — the anesthetic that gained popularity for its street name ‘Special K’ in the 1960s and 70s — can help patients with treatment-resistant depression, and whether the drug can work as an emergency measure to help those at a high risk of suicide.

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Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus urged Congress in an interview with Fox News on Monday to make good on its "sacred obligation" to support the growing number of veterans sickened by exposure to burn pits at U.S military bases abroad.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs waited until just before 5 pm on the Friday before Labor Day weekend to release eye-popping job vacancies data: the agency currently has a whopping 45,239 overall vacancies, 40,456 (89%) of which belong to the Veterans Health Administration.

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So ... as you know, I recently had a surgery trying to fix my palate. Well, that failed. I still have holes and require a feeding tube indefinitely. I’m extremely burned out so will take rest of year off before I find a new medical team to triage.

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It’s been a tumultuous week for the Department of Veterans Affairs, after a scathing inspector general report surfaced detailing abuses and errors in VA Secretary David Shulkin’s 10-day trip to Europe last summer. But the fall-out from the investigation hints at a power struggle over the department and its priorities.

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