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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is a frequent critic of the health care system run by the Veteran’s Administration. But at a recent town-hall meeting, the Kansas Republican made it clear he doesn’t want to replace it.

Moran is a strong supporter of the Choice Program, which gives veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility the option of seeing private providers closer to home.

But he says he is opposed to efforts by some in the Trump administration to do away with the VA health care system.

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A company that challenged the no-bid contract awarded to Cerner Corp. to update the electronic health records system of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit.

CliniComp International Inc. of San Diego on Monday filed a notice of appeal after the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., last week threw out its lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds.

Because many of the documents in the case are sealed, including the court’s orders, the precise reasons for the case’s dismissal were not made public.

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More than 40 community programs and agencies that provide services for veterans are coming together for an expo in Wichita on Saturday.

The 2nd annual Veterans Awareness Expo will feature informational displays and activities at the Mid-America All-Indian Center.

Event organizer Patty Gnefkow calls the expo a “one-stop-shop” for veteran services.

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A torrent of civil lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse by a former employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth is expected now that a federal judge has refused to dismiss one of the cases.

Three more lawsuits were filed this week in federal court, bringing the total to 15 so far, and dozens more are expected to be filed in coming months.

The suits by military veterans accuse Mark E. Wisner, a one-time physician’s assistant at the hospital who held himself out as a doctor, of sexually molesting them during physical exams.

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Cities across the country are honoring veterans today with parades, memorials and free dinners. But many Americans may not know how the holiday came about: Its roots are in Emporia, Kansas.

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Financial experts are warning veterans this Memorial Day weekend to look out for phone calls and emails from scammers. 

 

Last year, nearly 100,000 veterans reported that they were the target of scamming attempts, and more than half of those were related to either identity theft or credit card fraud.

The scams can come in the form of emails, phone calls and advertisements.

Female WWII Veterans Reflect On Time In Service

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During WWII nearly 350,000 American women served in uniform, both at home and abroad. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson spoke with two women, both now in their 90s, who shared memories of serving their country in the 1940s.

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Veterans Day isn’t until Wednesday, but about 2,000 local JROTC and Leadership Corps Cadets joined together Monday to honor local veterans.

Nineteen middle and high schools representing three branches of the military were involved in the event at Century II. World War II, Vietnam and other veterans were in the audience as military leaders, politicians and students recognized their service through music and drills.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that would give in-state tuition to all veterans, active duty members of the U.S. military and their families.

Brownback signed the bill Friday and said it would help recognize the importance of their service.

The measure also would allow employers to show a preference toward qualified veterans when hiring and would protect the jobs of military members that are temporarily called to active duty.

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Millions of veterans nationwide now have a card that's supposed to improve their access to health care. As Bryan Thompson explains, there are doubts about whether the VA is really serious about the new Veterans Choice program.

The Choice program is meant to let veterans get care from private providers if they live at least 40 miles from a VA healthcare facility, or if they face longer than a 30-day wait for an appointment. At a recent hearing, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran told Secretary Robert McDonald the VA seems to be putting its own welfare ahead of what’s best for veterans.

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