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October 24, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Dangers of Military Burn Pits Highly Disputed



Burn Pit Countless individuals who worked near burn-pits that the military and government contractors use to dispose of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan say the fumes caused serious illnesses, but so far, little research has been done to disprove or corroborate this t

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Topics: Public Health and Science

October 10, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

60 Minutes Takes Down Disability Benefits



Social Security Disability Screen 60 Minutes aired a controversial story on the Social Security disabilities benefits program, accusing it of massive fraud and corrupt mismanagement. Many were angered by the report, though, calling it unfairly one-sided.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

September 12, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

VA Makes Headway on Backlog with New Technology



Veterans Affairs Seal The Department of Veterans Affairs is finally cutting down on its huge backlog of veterans’ benefits claims thanks to a new computer system meant to aid the compensation process.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

August 29, 2013

By Andre Francisco

New Book to Chronicle Camp Lejeune Water Contamination



Camp Lejeune Post Office A new book about the thirty-five years of water contamination at Camp Lejeune that sickened hundreds of thousands of Marines and their families will be released early next year, according to an article in the Military Times.

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May 23, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Hagel Orders Pentagon to Buy New Software for Heath Records



Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to buy a new healthcare management system to better communicate with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to an article in The Washington Post.

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