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  • Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    July 24, 2014 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That... more »
  • Bizarre council debate rattles nerves, accomplishes nothing Play Video

    July 23, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre. Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
  • The fairness ordinance Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination. The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen. Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... more »
  • La. veterans secretary describes VA complaints Play Video

    June 27, 2014 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's veterans affairs secretary says he's heard complaints for years about problems with veterans having trouble getting treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state. David LaCerte told a state House military committee the state veterans department reported the complaints to the federal VA... more »
  • Lawmakers hear about Louisiana veterans health care

    June 27, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding a special hearing to receive testimony about Louisiana veterans' treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state. Friday's hearing of the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs comes after allegations that veterans around the nation have faced long waits... more »
  • House, Senate move to improve health care for vets

    June 11, 2014 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care could soon get help from Congress. The Senate is poised to vote by Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who've encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors... more »
  • Veterans waiting years for benefits Play Video

    June 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans in Louisiana told News 2 they are waiting for years in some cases for the VA to pay them back for denied health care claims. Volunteer Veterans Service Officer Charles Battiste says he works with about 40 veterans a week to help them with denied... more »
  • JIndal signs bills into law in support of veterans

    May 29, 2014 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law two bills aimed at supporting Louisiana's veterans. The measure (House Bill 654) by Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, will expand residential lease protections for members of the military, to make it easier for them and their spouses to terminate home... more »
  • Local businesses look to hire veterans Play Video

    May 28, 2014 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One of President Obama's messages on Memorial Day: Hire veterans. Many local businesses will do just that at the Spring Job Fair hosted by the Mayor of Baton Rouge's Office. Penny Leduff-Collins with the Baton Rouge Business and Career Solutions Center and Kenny Lynch with Disable... more »
  • Fix to veterans' health care takes on new urgency

    May 22, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is showing a sudden urgency to resolve a growing crisis over veterans' health care. Obama called in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for a White House meeting Wednesday and repeatedly vowed to take action. Obama also dispatched Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to... more »
  • Veterans to get priority at today's job fair Play Video

    May 21, 2014 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson from the Mayor's office said the first two hours of the upcoming Spring Job Fair will be reserved for veterans only before being open to other job seekers. The Spring Job Fair, hosted by the Mayor's Business and Career Solutions Center, will be on... more »
  • Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

    May 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has put his "heart and soul" into caring for America's veterans. But at the same time, Obama says there will be accountability for any problems. There have been mounting calls for Shinseki to step down amid troubling allegations of... more »
  • Vets experience treatment delays at New Orleans VA Play Video

    May 16, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans in Baton Rouge say wait times at the New Orleans VA are delaying treatments and they need help. "You get so frustrated because there's no one to talk to, the patient advocates, not all if them, but the ones here, they're more like VA advocates,... more »
  • First lady announcing pledges for vets, families

    April 30, 2014 2:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - First lady Michelle Obama is announcing pledges in excess of $150 million from foundations and corporations to help veterans and their families get the services they need as the country adjusts to a postwar footing. The first lady and Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, were appearing... more »
  • Delgado crawfishes on Al Qaeda statement

    April 3, 2014 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Councilman John Delgado apologized for comments he made connecting St. George supporters to terrorists. "I regret that my choice of words has become an issue and distracted us from the real debate. It was not my intention to offend anyone," Delgado said. The harsh words... more »
  • Veterans demand apology over terrorist comment Play Video

    April 2, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans and leaders of the St. George effort to breakaway and create their own city are demanding an apology from Metro Councilman John Delgado, who posted a comment to Facebook Wednesday that compared people trying to pull away from the city of Baton Rouge to terrorists. ... more »
  • Business boot camp for veterans Play Video

    March 11, 2014 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans with disabilities went back to boot camp at LSU, this time to battle the business world. LSU's Third Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities brought in 19 veterans from across the country. EBV helps veterans build business plans, understand and reach their target markets... more »
  • Veterans honored in Gonzales Play Video

    November 11, 2013 5:54 PM

    GONZALES- Hundreds showed up at Ascension's Veteran's Memorial Park today to honor the men and women who fight for America's freedom. It was the largest annual gathering at the park, which featured more than 150 school choir members and service men and women from every branch. "I appreciate... more »
  • Old State Capital filled to honor veterans Play Video

    November 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People filled the Old State Capital Building to pay their respects to the men and women who served our country. Veterans and their family members filled the Old House Chamber for a special ceremony sponsored by the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial. Vets from World War II... more »
  • VA secretary: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

    October 9, 2013 7:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is spelling out some of the dire consequences for veterans of a long-term government shutdown, with about 3.8 million veterans not getting a disability check next month if the shutdown continues into late October. Shinseki says some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving... more »
  • Veterans visit WWII Memorial despite shutdown

    October 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON- The National Park Service says veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access, despite the government shutdown. The Honor Flight Network is being granted access to conduct First Amendment activities at the memorial. Memorials and monuments remain closed... more »
  • Volunteers unite to renovate home for veterans Play Video

    September 29, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of volunteers renovated a transitional home Saturday as part of a service project for veterans. Community members from Volunteers of America and The Home Depot volunteered their time to pressure wash, paint, and garden at the Garfield Transitional Home for Veterans. The volunteers built... more »
  • Americans gather to honor fallen service members

    May 27, 2013 8:41 AM

    ATLANTA - Americans plan to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day. President Barack Obama is expected to lay a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington. Another wreath-laying... more »
  • Cannon fire to be heard at state Capitol

    May 21, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police say cannon fire will be heard in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday morning as the state House of Representatives remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of the ceremony, a 21-gun salute will be conducted. Residents,... more »
  • Report: VA hospital in N.O. is $370M over budget

    May 19, 2013 4:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A government report says construction of a new Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans is $370 million over budget and 14 months behind schedule. The Advocate reports that the hospital was initially expected to cost $625 million and be completed by December 2014. But a new report... more »
  • Deadly train-parade float crash in Texas probed

    November 16, 2012 9:23 AM

    DALLAS - Federal officials are joining investigators in West Texas to look into why a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans, killing four people and injuring 17 others. Witnesses described a harrowing scene Thursday afternoon as the Union Pacific locomotive beard down on the decorated... more »
  • 4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

    November 15, 2012 10:31 PM

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans. Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange says the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float... more »
  • Four dead after train hits wounded veterans parade

    November 15, 2012 6:28 PM

    MIDLAND, Texas - Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans. City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m.... more »
  • Louisiana Veterans Home celebrates 30 years Play Video

    November 9, 2012 5:46 PM

    JACKSON - The Louisiana Veterans Home celebrated 30 years of service to American heroes with aservice to honor the security of the country, and recall the meaning of service for all Americans. WWII veteran Ranger Daniel Farley fought at Normandy. He landed with 73 enlisted men and three officers.... more »
  • Louisiana National Cemetery officially open Play Video

    October 31, 2012 4:52 PM

    ZACHARY - Louisiana National Cemetery is officially open. Today, the national site performed their third burial at the facility. Louisiana National Cemetery is set on 104 acres of land. Construction includes gravesite development and a range of burial alternatives including cremation sites. The completed phase holds 2,500 in-ground... more »
  • Obama makes a pitch to veterans, military families

    September 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities. Obama chided rival Mitt Romney for saying, in secretly taped remarks months ago, that nearly... more »
  • Job fair gives vets fresh start Play Video

    September 25, 2012 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of veterans and active duty military attended a job fair at the Baton Rouge River Center today. Hiring Our Heroes is a national event aimed at helping veterans and active duty military transition into the workforce. Over 55 employers attended the event, looking for vets... more »
  • Vote to honor veterans Play Video

    September 19, 2012 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This year your going to the ballot box can mean more than just a vote thanks to the new "Honor Vets" program instated by the Secretary of State. The program aims to encourage voters to go to the polls in honor of the men and women who... more »
  • Cassidy honors WWII veterans Play Video

    August 14, 2012 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At the Old State Capitol, war veterans were honored for their service today. Congressman Bill Cassidy and other elected officials were on hand for the annual Spirit of '45 event, honoring those who fought in World War II. Although he's not a veteran himself, Cassidy... more »
  • Veterans react to Supreme Court's Stolen Valor decision

    June 28, 2012 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - "Shocked" and "disgusted" were two words on many veterans' minds after they learned the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional. The Act would have made it illegal for anyone to display military metals as accomplishments that he or she did not earn.... more »
  • Obama says Vietnam veterans too often 'denigrated'

    May 28, 2012 2:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, pointing to Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes who remained true to their nation despite an unwelcome homecoming. "You were sometimes blamed for the misdeeds of... more »
  • Poll finds nearly three-fifths of vets who were surveyed back Romney

    May 28, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - American veterans seem to be largely in Mitt Romney's camp. That's the indication from a new Gallup poll. Fifty-eight percent of the veterans who were surveyed say they are backing Romney, while 34 percent support President Barack Obama. Several of the closely-watched states in the November election have... more »
  • Veterans cemetery becomes a reality

    February 16, 2012 7:54 AM

    LEESVILLE - A grassy plot on a piney stretch of La. Highway 467 near Fort Polk in Vernon Parish will be the final resting place for veterans of all branches of the U.S. military. State leaders, military officials, veterans and residents gathered Wednesday to mark the opening of Central Louisiana... more »
  • Obama to push for veterans jobs programs

    February 3, 2012 5:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - Emulating the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the president Friday will unveil a new jobs program for the nation's veterans, designed to rebuild roads, levees and trails on public lands. To make the announcement, President Obama will travel across the Potomac to a fire station in Arlington,... more »
  • Congress easily OKs bill for vets, contractors

    November 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law. The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans rallied... more »
  • Ride 2 Recovery takes off

    June 29, 2011 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sgt. Mike McNaughton is just one of more than 120 wounded warriors taking part in Ride 2 Recovery's mission to France. The group will spend time touring historic sites from World War II. "It's one thing to read a book and watch a movie, but to have... more »
  • Fallen soldiers honored at Port Hudson National Cemetery

    May 30, 2011 5:14 PM

    ZACHARY, La.- Hundreds of families gathered at the Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, La., to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. After the annual Memorial Day service, many families visited the graves of their loved ones. Emmalean Jenkins joined her family to visit her brother's grave.... more »
  • Louisiana Honor Air

    February 9, 2011 9:59 AM

    Louisiana Honor Air is an organization that hosts World War II veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial. The World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004 for a generation who's youngest member is in their late seventies. Many of the men... more »
  • La. veterans group disbands amid declining numbers

    December 12, 2010 11:56 AM

    METAIRIE, La.- After 28 years, the south Louisiana chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of Wars has disbanded because of dwindling numbers, a fate faced by several other military fraternities in recent years. Eight men bound by the experience of wartime detention exchanged hugs and handshakes last week in Metairie... more »
  • New Orleans man indicted on charges of fraud

    November 29, 2010 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury has indicted a New Orleans man accused of fraudulently claiming to be in charge of a nonprofit organization to solicit donations for what he said would be a war veterans home. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Monday that the Baton Rouge grand jury charged... more »
  • Veterans cemetery lacks funds

    July 5, 2010 1:22 PM

    Central Louisiana finally will get its long-awaited Veterans Cemetery sometime this fall, but a Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman says it could be years before northeastern Louisiana veterans and their families have their own burial ground. The News Star reported on Monday that a bid will be awarded... more »
  • President expands support to vets' caregivers

    May 5, 2010 8:49 PM

    President Obama signed a new law that keeps severely wounded veterans in their homes by providing billions in support to family members who act as caregivers. The law directs the Veterans Affairs Department to offer post-delivery care to female veterans' newborns and creates a childcare pilot program. It also expands... more »
  • Record attendance at WWII museum

    April 13, 2010 5:20 AM

    The National World War II museum in New Orleans reporting record-breaking attendance. More than 100,000 visitors have visited the museum since the start of the year. March saw the best one-month attendance since the museum opened with 43,301 visitors. The previous record of 41,000 was set in 2001. more »
  • Veterans and general public job fair coming to Baton Rouge

    March 26, 2010 4:32 PM

    The Louisiana Workforce Commission will hold a job fair for veterans and the general public on Thursday, April 1, in Baton Rouge. The fair will be at the Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave. The first two hours of the fair are reserved for veterans only.... more »
  • Veterans criticize Cameron for endorsing book

    March 3, 2010 8:40 PM

    Oscar-winning director James Cameron is under fire by a World War II veteran's group for backing a book they say includes discredited information about the atomic bombing of Japan. Cameron optioned the book for a possible film. Members of the 509th Composite Group that includes veterans who carried out the... more »
  • Veterans Day celebration in Baton Rouge

    November 11, 2009 5:15 PM

    The Old State Capitol was the site of a Veterans Day ceremony today. Dozens of veterans were at the event, alongside people who wanted to pay tribute to their service. more »
  • West Baton Rouge officials announce plans to honor veterans

    October 30, 2009 11:02 AM

    West Baton Rouge Parish officials announced plans to honor veterans with "Veterans on Parade," at 1 p.m., Nov. 8 in Port Allen. Officials and organizers talked about the parade Friday on WBRZ's 2une In program broadcasting live from the Court Street Cafe in Port Allen. "It's a great... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 20

    October 21, 2009 5:34 PM

    New technology in the fight against prostate cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and school lunches are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Job fair for veterans

    September 3, 2009 9:52 AM

    A special job fair is being held in Baton Rouge for U.S. veterans around the metro area. Hundreds are expected to attend. The fair is from 9:00am - 1:00pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave. more »

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