News Roundup: VA Hospital With Rich Civil War History May Close, Bush Charged $100,000 to Speak at Veterans’ Charity Event, Most Shocking Military Imposters in History

A U.S. Civil War cannon with American Flags in the background. This cannon is located at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw, Georgia. "G.T.B" on the muzzle is the initials of George Thatcher Balch, the Confederate officer who inspected the cannon that the Ames Foundry where it was cast.

We scour the web for the latest news on veterans and compile it here every other week. Here are the top headlines for June 26–July 9.

VA Hospital That Once Treated Civil War Veterans Could Close

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed closing the Hot Springs, South Dakota, VA center and relocating its services 60 miles north to Rapid City. The basis for this decision is that Rapid City is bigger and will allow the VA to serve more veterans and attract more doctors. However, many veterans are fighting to keep the clinic open, citing its rich history of treating civil war vets and the serene environment’s positive effect on treatment. Read More

To Help US Veterans Charity, George W. Bush Charged $100,000

George W. Bush is under fire after a charity benefiting veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan confirmed it paid the former president $100,000 to speak at charity fundraiser in 2011 and 2012. The charity said the fee was discounted from Bush’s normal speaking rate of $250,000. Many veterans are still upset that he charged a fee at all, saying Bush should have volunteered his time to raise money for veterans wounded in combat and fighting a war under his orders. Read More

The 6 Most Shocking Military Impostors Ever

We’re all used to hearing stories of stolen valor, but these six stories bring stolen valor to a whole new level. Under The Radar recently compiled a list of some of the most egregious military impostors, showing that impersonating a service member or veteran isn’t just a recent phenomenon, but one that goes back decades. Read More