Top 5 Veterans News: April 17th, 2018

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  1. Four-hour drive for a colonoscopy? What VA privatization warnings ignore. When 55-year-old Coast Guard veteran David McCray needed a colonoscopy, the Department of Veterans Affairs told him he would have to drive two hours each way from his home to a VA hospital in Denver — even though multiple private-sector options are closer, as is an Air Force hospital.
  2. Why Do Veterans Keep Killing Themselves At VA Hospitals? The suicide of a veteran at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis last month is the latest in a string of such deaths on Veterans Affairs properties nationwide.
  3. Veteran Snapshot. Ronny Banks’s father died at age 48, and it was up to Banks and his brother, Gerald, to help support their mother and their youngest brother.
  4. City worker tells veteran he ‘did nothing for our country’ after giving citation for flag. A video posted by a Jacksonville business owner is going viral after he says he was cited for flying military flags on top of his store.
  5. TV show transforms house of Bradenton veteran blinded in Iraq. As scores of neighbors, friends, veteran volunteers and production staff gathered near a huge American flag rippling from the elevated ladder of a county firetruck marking the residence of a new neighborhood celebrity, an Iraq war veteran received a reward nearly 10 years to the day he was blinded by a roadside bomb.

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