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Senator Charles Schumer discusses legislation that would give veterans better access to health care. (Credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

Sen. Schumer Launches Fight To Give Vets Better Access To Health Care

Senator Chuck Schumer has launched a fight to pass bipartisan legislation that would give veterans better access to health care.

06/08/2014

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on a possible freeze in benefits due to government shutdown, Oct. 9, 2013. (credit: CBS News)

Conn. VA Operating Fully; VA Secretary Warns Of Possible Compensation Freeze Due To Shutdown

Disability checks continue to be processed but Conn. VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz said if the government shutdown continues into next month, the checks could be stalled.

10/09/2013

A visitor to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is reflected on the surface of the wall in Washington, DC. The memorial honors US service members of the US armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/Southeast Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

VA: Relief On The Way To End Backlog Of Veterans Still Seeking Disability Benefits

More than 873,000 veterans are waiting for claim decisions. The reason: an antiquated paper filing system; plus a flood of new claims from Vietnam vets who are getting older.

05/24/2013

Senator Charles E. Schumer at a news conference (Credit: Monica Miller/ WCBS 880)

Sen Schumer Asks VA To Let Vets Keep Dogs Until Research Is Complete

Veterans with physical impairments can get reimbursed for the cost of having a service dog help them, but a new Veterans Administration directive is delaying compensation for veterans with mental and emotional concerns until further research is completed.

09/16/2012

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sen. Schumer Calls On VA To Overturn New Service Dog Policy For Vets With PTSD

The senator was joined by service dogs and veterans during his news conference to appeal for the directive to be tossed out in favor of allowing doctors to decide if a service dog can assist a veteran.

09/16/2012

Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - File / Photo: Getty Images

New York Area Veterans Getting Lost In The System

Nearly a quater of the 85,000 veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health disorders, according to a new study.

01/26/2011

Cpl. Jason Dunham arriving in Iraq in early 2004.

New Navy Battleship Commissioned For New York Marine

Thousands of people turned out for a celebration of the Navy’s newest destroyer and a tribute to a fallen Marine.

11/14/2010