Vietnam-era veteran Ed McLeer (c.) receives treatment from dental assistant Bob Cochrane (l.) and dentist Jacob Morrow in the Medical Teams International's dental van at Stand Down, a yearly event that brings dozens of employers and agencies together to assist veterans at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 20. Central City Concern partners with VA Medical Center, Hire Oregon Vets, WorkSource Oregon, and other community organizations to produce the free event. Rick Bowmer/AP/File
Army Sergeant Nathan Hunt has hand-cycled more than 5,500 miles on ten long-distance rides with Ride 2 Recovery. UnitedHealthcare's sponsorship provides funds for injured veterans to join Ride 2 Recovery Challenges as they continue physical and mental rehabilitation programs. Russ Brock for UnitedHealthcare
Army veteran Cpl. Matt Hilerio was in Iraq when the US invaded Iraq in 2003. He joined the army to receive money for college on the GI bill, and in 2008 he was attending The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Mary Knox Merrill/Staff/File
Current United States military service personnel and veterans register before entering a job fair at Tellabs in Naperville, Ill., on Oct. 27. The fair was only open to current and former servicemen and women, and their families. Frank Polich/Reuters/File
Coast Guard veteran Stephen Bruggeman uses a prosthetic leg to balance as he steers his surfboard through the waves of La Jolla Shores in San Diego, Calif., in 2008 at the first National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. Sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and founding sponsors Help Hospitalized Veterans and the Veterans Canteen Service, the VA’s national rehabilitation event featured adaptive surfing, sailing, kayaking, cycling, and track and field. Newscast/File
The newly constructed VA Hospital is seen in the foreground in north Las Vegas, Nev., in 2009. The new facility supplements existing inpatient services for Nevada's estimated 246,000 veterans in facilities at Reno and in shared space at Nellis Air Force base. Tony Avelar/Staff/File
Combat veteran Stewart Angell (l.) participates in the Cowboy Up! program in Santa Fe, N.M., on March 19. Mr. Angell works with instructor and local cowboy Kenny Tomlinson, a former marine. Angell served in the conflict in Bosnia. Horses for Heroes New Mexico's Cowboy Up! program is a horse therapy wellness and vocational rehabilitation program for injured combat veterans. The program is free for veterans and active military who have sustained physical or combat trauma. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
Fred, a veteran enrolled in a substance abuse program, shows the room he stays in at Myrover-Reese Fellowship Home in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sept. 7. The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced in August that it had contracted with Myrover-Reese Fellowship Homes and the Salvation Army to provide 23 short-term beds specifically for homeless veterans. James Robinson/The Fayetteville Observer/AP/File
Veterans (from l.) Edward George, Jr., David Emerick, and Lawrence Garcia watch as Navajo medicine man Albert Laughter fans the fire in his teepee with pheasant and eagle fathers he uses during ceremonies to care for the warriors in Prescott, Ariz., in 2005. Mr. Laughter, who has a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, treats veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and other maladies using traditional techniques. Paul Connors/AP/File
Dayton hospital shooting, between a Veterans Affairs hospital housekeeping employee and a retired worker struggling over a gun in a break room during Monday's lunch hour, causing a lockdown at the hospital as FBI agents searched the complex.
ByLISA CORNWELL, Associated Press
A Veterans Affairs hospital housekeeping employee and a retired worker were struggling over a gun in a break room Monday when the firearm went off, leading to the employee's shooting and the retiree's arrest, police said.