U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Joe B. Phillips Goes For "Despicable Lawyer Of The Year" Award: Rips Off Mentally Incompetent Vets

    Just before his trial was set to start in federal court yesterday, Houstonian Joe B. Phillips, 73, faced up to the truth: He's a pretty despicable guy. How despicable? He entered a guilty plea to ripping off mentally incompetent veterans to the tune of more than $2 million. That's right: Phillips ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down

    It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Cover Story: Chronic Back Pain One More Problem for Vets of Iraq & Afghanistan

    Tough-talking, Texas-bred Carroll McInroe was the Iraq / Afghanistan coordinator in the Veterans Administration's Spokane, Washington office from 2003 to 2008. It was his job to interview returnees from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and help them readjust to civilian life. ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Joe Phillips: Attorney Charged With Ripping Vets Off For $2 Million

    Veterans not exactly honored, feds say​The feds indicted a Houston attorney and his wife today for ripping off veterans. And not just any veterans, veterans who had been declared incompetent, thereby putting their financial lives into the attorney's hands.Joe Phillips, 71, and his wife Dorothy, 70 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Vietnam Vet to America: Stick Veterans Day Where The Sun Don't Shine

    ​Dave Collins is a Vietnam veteran, and he wants to abolish Veteran's Day. "I would also like to see yellow-ribbon stickers outlawed along with 'We Support the Troops' signs in business and all the other feel good BS of that ilk," he adds in a personal commentary he e-mailed to his mailing list.Ha ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy

    The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez

  • News

    January 8, 2009

    Hurricane Ike's Wake

    Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast struggle on in the storm's aftermath

  • News

    October 16, 2008

    John McCain's Neglected Veterans

    The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again

  • News

    October 2, 2008

    Soldier Suicides

    Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Vet Says He Was Beaten Up At The VA Hospital

    Watch out where you park at the Veterans Administration hospital. You never know, you might just get trounced by security. At least that’s the lesson Jimmy Claude Williams claims he learned one morning. Williams, a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair, filed a lawsuit in federal court last wee ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2008

    Texas Air National Guard Boots Sick Soldier

    Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life

  • News

    January 17, 2008

    Back from Iraq with Plenty of Problems

    Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007

    Sperm Warfare

    And now for today's bizarre story: UPI reports that Army 2nd Lieutenant Brian Smith, killed in Iraq in 2004, is the proud father of a seven-month-old boy. Smith was from McKinney and opened a law practice in Austin before he joined the Army in 2003. His son, Benton Drew Smith, is one of the first ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Psyched Out

    VA nurses say a new rule that they be able to physically subdue unruly mental patients was just an excuse to get rid of them

  • News

    January 20, 2005

    No Way Out

    How can homeless sex offenders comply with the registration laws?

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Caring for Clairice

    A naked woman's traffic death rekindles concerns about Shed

  • Film

    August 28, 2003

    Pekar Head

    A real comic book hero comes to life in American Splendor

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    Home from the War

    Midtown battles a plan to house vets

  • News

    January 3, 2002

    Agent of Doom

    Former enemies unite against the continuing fallout from deadly defoliants of the Vietnam War

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    A Night in the Tub

    An angel named Grace, a doctor who's a real Trip and fresh gore flooding the ER -- the new Ben Taub gets old quick

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Approaching Death At The County Morgue

    For three years as Harris County's chief medical examiner, Dr. Joye Carter has been haunted by controversy. Can she survive?

  • News

    August 27, 1998
  • News

    August 3, 1995

    Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me - Kill Me?

    How a Montrose romance turned into memories of the CIA, things that go bump in the night ... and an eternal commitment.

  • News

    August 3, 1995
  • News

    August 3, 1995

    Justice Delayed

    A son's claims of police misconduct may jeopardizea 30-year-old case againsthis father's accused killer

  • News

    March 16, 1995

    The Battle Over Brentwood

    To one side, it's a question of power; to the other, it's a question of homophobia. For both it's a question of whether a community, once sundered, can ever be bound together again.

  • News

    January 26, 1995

    Great Lengths

    If you answer those ads on the sports pages, maybe what you really need is a shrink