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Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Updated: 3 hours ago

Veteran says he was forgotten, locked in Volusia VA clinic

A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a Volusia County community clinic operated by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Updated: 4 hours ago
House committee demands VA records on fired St. Pete whistleblower

House committee demands VA records on fired St. Pete whistleblower

Despite a demand from the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the Veterans Benefits Administration St. Petersburg Regional Office failed to explain why it fired an employee days after he delivered a scathing report about operations there, the committee...
Updated: 19 hours ago

MacDill may get $32 million in upgrades for new jets

MacDill Air Force Base will likely receive about $32 million in upgrades to accommodate eight new KC-135 refueling jets scheduled to arrive here over the next few years, according to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.
Updated: 20 hours ago

Military suicides up a bit in 2014; more seek help

WASHINGTON — Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid ...
Published: 07/22/14
MacDill among best bases in rankings by Air Force Times

MacDill among best bases in rankings by Air Force Times

MacDill Air Force Base, the only military installation in the world home to two U.S. combatant commands, may be loved in the Tampa area, but it was tied for sixth best in the Air Force Times’ ranking of 68 Air Force bases....
Published: 07/22/14

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

WASHINGTON — A pharmacy supervisor with the Department of Veteran Affairs was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed fr...
Published: 07/21/14

French continue appreciation of WWII vets

By HOWARD ALTMAN
Published: 07/21/14
Rebels might have thought jet was military, Ukrainian colonel at MacDill says

Rebels might have thought jet was military, Ukrainian colonel at MacDill says

TAMPA — The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine might have happened because Russian-backed separatists thought the passenger plane was a military aircraft, a colonel in the Ukraine army stationed at MacDill Air Force ...
Published: 07/17/14

DigitalGlobe training satellites on Ukraine

DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company with an office in Tampa, is training its eyes in the sky on Ukraine as the result of a passenger plane Ukrainian authorities say was shot down with nearly 300 passengers and crew on board.
Published: 07/17/14