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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

A Holland couple who stole more than $1.2 million in Veterans Affairs and workers compensation benefits have been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara.

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Democrat Erin Cole does not consider herself a political person, but has been on a career track to run for political office for quite some time. The 46-year-old said the timing is now right for a run, and she intends to take on Clarence Republican Chris Collins.

A Western New York couple has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $1 million in federal government benefits.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill that would effectively end the ban on prescription pot by the federal government.

The head of the Buffalo VA hospital says things are getting better but there is a ways to go.

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Test results show 18 Buffalo Vetrans Administration patients are infected with hepatitis B and C, although it's not clear if they were infected because the hospital was re-using one-time-only insulin pens.

Veterans Golden Age Games back on

Apr 2, 2013
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The Department of Veteran Affairs has reversed course and now says the 27th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games are back on, after being postponed last week.

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Western New York's federal delegation is fighting the Veteran Administration's decision to "indefinitely postpone" the 27th Annual Golden Age Games in Buffalo.

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The word coming from officials at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is that the facility might not have received warnings about the reuse of insulin pens.

The VA has faced heavy criticism for exposing more than 700 patients to dangerous viruses by reusing insulin pens indiscriminately over a two year period. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued separate warnings against such practices.

An investigation into the matter continues.
 

Veterans who rely on Veterans Affairs and private providers for their healthcare don't have to carry around paper copies of the medical records anymore. Local vets can now allow healthcare providers access their medical records electronically.

VA Healthcare System of Western New York Director Brian Stiller says the VA has joined HEALTHeLINK, the region's clinical information exchange. The program allows private practitioners, local hospitals, labs, and the VA to share a patient's test results, x-rays, MRIs and medication history.