Veterans and Military

Michael Pope

Democrats are hoping that Donald Trump’s behavior on the campaign trail may be able to help them with military voters in Virginia.

A proposal to close veterans hospitals is prompting protests across the country. Led by the union representing V-A workers, the campaign came to Virginia today.

When military veterans return, it can be challenging to get back in step with civilian society.  A conference in Roanoke will explore the issues they face, with days of presentations, performances and discussions.  The third annual Veterans and Society Conference will take place over three days around Veterans Day -- and the public is invited. 

A new wing at one of Virginia's Veterans’ Care Centers aims to reduce the number of homeless veterans, while providing quality senior services for those with declining mental and physical health.

Governor McAuliffe says a new state-funded expansion of a Richmond facility is just the beginning of several projects aimed at filling a huge void in veterans’ services and making the Commonwealth an invaluable military asset.  

  Several years and one administration ago, we reported on some of the challenges pertaining to veterans’ homelessness.  Since then, new leaders have vowed to do all they can to eliminate it within the Commonwealth. 

Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and Retired Admiral John Harvey credits Governor McAuliffe for the initiative--and says his agency hit the ground running. One of the greatest challenges veterans describe is not receiving benefits because they don't have the proper ID.  Harvey says in some cases, they don't meet the criteria.

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