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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that would extend mental health care to military service members transitioning out of the Armed Forces and back to civilian life. Miami Valley veterans advocates say connecting more struggling veterans with the mental health services they need could help reduce the growing risk of suicide among such veterans in the region.

The director of the Dayton VA Medical Center in southwest Ohio says he'll retire in October after nearly six years of leading the facility, which serves about 40,000 veterans annually.

Glenn Costie also oversaw the VA medical facility in Cincinnati for part of 2016. He filled in as director of the Cincinnati medical center after the head of its Ohio-based regional network was ousted and the Cincinnati hospital's then-acting chief of staff was disciplined in connection with a probe of the hospital's management and veterans' care.

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The Ohio Supreme Court says backers of a plan to cap the price Ohio pays for drugs it buys for Medicaid, prisons and other state-run programs fell short of the signatures they need to put it before voters next year.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald has announced that Dayton will be home to the VA national Archives at the VA Medical Center.

Ohio’s U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown was behind that effort, which he says began long ago.

"Patches" is one of the C-123 cargo planes used to spray Agent Orange. It's now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is now saying that Air Force reservists who became ill after being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for disability benefits.

The VA says it's been working to finalize a rule that could cover more than 2,000 military personnel who flew or worked on Fairchild C-123 aircraft from 1972 to 1982. Many of the planes were used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam.