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A job seeker at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego.

Photograph by Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg

A job seeker at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego.

Veterans Seeking Capitol Hill Work Gain Their Own Caucus

Congress repeatedly has urged employers to do more to hire veterans — even creating an “I Hire Veterans” initiative through the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus in 2012. The campaign encouraged private businesses and lawmakers to display an “I Hire...

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

Photograph by Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg

Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

War of 1812 Invoked in Keystone Promotion of U.S.-Canadian Ties

Congressional backers of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline are pulling out the stops today, making the case that the pipeline could help the U.S. and its allies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sending a slew of  American veterans...

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President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Arlington Memorial National Cemetery today. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Arlington Memorial National Cemetery today. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

Veterans: In Congress and At Home

Updated at 5:28 pm EST Happy Veterans Day from Political Capital, with some statistics about veterans in Congress and the U.S. About 20 percent of members of the current 113th Congress are military veterans, down from more than 70 percent in...

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World War II veteran Arde Ramesbothom, center, of Kansas City, Missouri, and other veterans in his group are greeted and welcomed at the World War II Memorial on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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World War II veteran Arde Ramesbothom, center, of Kansas City, Missouri, and other veterans in his group are greeted and welcomed at the World War II Memorial on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

RNC Offers to Fund WWII Memorial

The Republican National Committee is offering to pay to keep the World War II Memorial in Washington open during the government shutdown, an action the Democratic National Committee is calling a stunt. “The Obama administration has decided they want to...

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

VA, Military to Beat Health-System Deadline by Changing Their Goal

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged last year to “meet or beat” a 2017 deadline to integrate two health-records systems, one for troops and the other for veterans. Now, Panetta and Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, are...

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

Veterans Partied on Without Obama

President Barack Obama skipped the American Legion’s veterans ball for the second time, favoring his own inaugural event for service members. About two dozen recipients of the Medal of Honor joined hundreds attending the organization’s “Salute to Heroes” ball, a...

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Community and chain drug stores may have lost their fight in refilling maintenance medication under Medicare.

Photograph by Raimund Koch

Community and chain drug stores may have lost their fight in refilling maintenance medication under Medicare.

Retail druggists get lump of coal from Congress

Congress gave retail pharmacies a lump of coal for Christmas and may have tossed a few sugar plums to McKesson Corp. and Express Scripts Inc. Community and chain drug stores have spent much of 2012 fighting a push for more...

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U.S. Army soldiers works out at the Puli Alam patrol base in Logar Province.

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U.S. Army soldiers works out at the Puli Alam patrol base in Logar Province.

All Troops to Get Rigorous Physicals

All U.S. troops will undergo “more detailed” physicals as they leave the service to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process future requests for such payments, the Pentagon’s top official said. The Defense Department currently does...

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A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Veteran Hiring Preferences: Not Always — 18 Times No, GAO Says of V.A.

Vets come first under a 2006 law designed to give small business owners who served in the military first dibs on contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs. That is, unless they’re up against a few other preferred groups, according...

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