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New session means more turnover for House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
 The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will start its work this session with more than half of its members new to the panel, a significant turnover that veterans advocates have said leaves them with plenty of education work along with their lobbying goals.

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Medal of Honor Recipient Charles Kettles Dies at 89
When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.

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Melissa Sebek, 55, of Temple, who pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of government property, was sentenced to five years federal probation and $50,189 restitution, according to the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas. Sebek is owner and operator of MS Bookkeeping Services.
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South Dakota’s Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs has received a $1 million gift from an 85-year-old Texas bachelor who died in April.
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The veteran who contracted Legionnaires' disease while living at the Manteno Veterans' Home has died.
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he Department of Veterans Affairs has been working hard to regain the trust of veterans in the wake of several scandals. But it may never gain the trust of taxpayers if officials keep acting like this.