Top 5 Veterans News: May 3rd 2018

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  1. Veteran ID Card Will Finally Ship This Week: Official. Identification cards from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new program will be in the mail, on their way to veterans starting “tomorrow,” VA officials said — two months after they were initially scheduled to go out.
  2. VESO empowers student veterans, spreads awareness among civilians. David Rampil isn’t your traditional college student. He is a seasoned veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has had direct encounters with the Taliban in Afghanistan. He conducted operations in West Africa following the 2012 coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States’ diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
  3. Lawmakers try again for major Veterans Affairs reforms. Lawmakers are trying again to broker a deal on reforms for the Department of Veterans Affairs that would overhaul the agency’s community care programs, relaxing rules for when veterans are eligible to go to private doctors for medical care.
  4. Fallout from veterans’ home deaths reaches Illinois comptroller race. The political fallout from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a downstate veterans home spilled into the comptroller’s race Thursday, as Democrat Susana Mendoza said her Republican challenger “violated the public trust and compromised her integrity” by sending an email that sought to tie the deaths to Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
  5. Marine vet running for Senate draws backlash for questioning Democratic veterans. A defiant Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin who is a former Marine refused to apologize Thursday amid a growing bipartisan backlash over comments he made about the military, including his questioning the “cognitive thought process” of veterans who are Democrats.

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