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The VA is allowing more patients to be treated outside the government system, in part to appeal to veterans from modern wars. It's part of an attempt to reach young veterans who've been reluctant to link up with the giant agency that oversees veteran benefits.

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A new affordable housing development for veterans broke ground in Nashville's Edgehill neighborhood this week, just days before Memorial Day.

The Curb Victory Hall will have 39 units for low-income vets. The aim is to keep them from becoming homeless.

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VA hospitals and clinics in Middle Tennessee are trying to attack their patient backlog by more efficiently handling phone calls. The Tennessee Valley Health Care system has established a central call center, which handles as many as 35,000 calls a month.

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Student veterans in Middle Tennessee have been hit by a nationwide delay with their GI Bill payments.

And, although state universities are helping students, they worry some veterans might end up dropping out. Middle Tennessee State University is one of them. 

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Middle Tennessee's struggling VA medical centers may be in the early stages of a turnaround. An annual report from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows both the Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses making improvement.

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A military-focused mental health clinic in Clarksville has been so in demand during its first three months that it's on track to becoming the busiest for a new nonprofit. Cohen Veterans Network has been starting sites around the country focused on post-9/11 veterans.

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The VA in Middle Tennessee is trying to cast a wider net for patients in a long-running effort to reduce veteran suicides, as the agency nationwide has been monitoring high-risk patients closer than ever.

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The VA hospitals in the Nashville area are trying to attract young veterans transitioning out of the military. This spring, they've scheduled interest meetings every two weeks as part of a broader suicide prevention effort by President Trump. The problem is, no one is showing up.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been desperate to cut down on the use of powerful pills. So the mammoth agency has taken a sharp turn toward alternative medicine. The thinking goes that even if it doesn’t cure a mental or physical ill, it can't hurt.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The VA hospitals in Middle Tennessee are again vowing to make improvements after being rated among the 15 lowest performing facilities in the country. The Nashville and Murfreesboro VA hospitals are still dealing with high staff turnover and scheduling problems.