AC360 Tuesday 8p

Ferry crew members answered questions about why more life rafts were not deployed. Tonight on AC360, the latest from South Korea on the effort to reach victims.
May 27th, 2013
10:49 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Deadly bacteria in VA hospital

As AC360 first reported back in December 2012, the Veterans Administration hospital in Pittsburgh had high levels of Legionella bacteria in its water supply, but for months failed to solve the problem.

Staff and patients weren't made aware of the issue, and at least five patients died. Eventually drinking fountains were sealed off and patients stopped getting baths and showers, but it was too late for some of those who came into contact with the bacteria.

Victims' families are livid about how the problem was mishandled. "There were deaths before him that we didn't know about. We wouldn't have gone there ... He had a good outlook on life. He felt he had more time left," says Sandy Riley whose brother Mitch Wanstreet died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at the hospital.

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March 14th, 2013
10:28 PM ET

KTH: Fla. Lt. Gov. resigns over gambling scam

Police uncovered a $300 million illegal gambling scam that lured people in with the promise of helping U.S. veterans. CNN's Drew Griffin reports on the results of the three year police investigation.

February 19th, 2013
11:43 PM ET

KTH: Investigating tainted water at VA hospital

Keeping Them Honest, Drew Griffin reports on the CDC's findings at a veterans hospital that had a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

February 4th, 2013
11:07 PM ET

'America's deadliest sniper' killed by vet

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the death of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. He was shot by a veteran with PTSD whom he was trying to help.

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February 4th, 2013
10:34 PM ET

Former SEAL: Chris Kyle is an American hero

Brandon Webb trained Chris Kyle to be a Navy SEAL sniper. In this interview, Webb tells Anderson Cooper about Kyle's work with vets who have ptsd, including the man who killed him.

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December 13th, 2012
10:25 PM ET

VA under scrutiny after Legionnaires' cases in Pittsburgh

Twenty-nine patients at the Veterans Administration hospital in Pittsburgh have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease since January 2011, raising questions about the institution's safety practices.

Five of the cases "are known to have acquired the disease from the hospital," the VA said. Another eight were infected elsewhere, and the source of the infection in 16 cases cannot been determined.

The spate of illnesses has led relatives of two veterans who died after contracting the disease, a type of pneumonia, to blame the hospital.

CNN has learned that hospital officials knew they had a problem with the water system as far back as last December, but chose not to reveal that until a month ago.

That's when the hospital began turning off the water in parts of the hospital, staff and patients told CNN.

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December 12th, 2012
11:33 PM ET

Former Marine stuck in Mexican prison

Jon Hammar, a former U.S. Marine, has been jailed in Mexico since August. He was arrested on his way to Costa Rica for a surfing vacation because of a gun he brought into the country, which he says he had declared with the proper paperwork. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

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December 12th, 2012
10:22 PM ET

Father: Mexican guards chain son to bed

Jon Hammar's parents describe where their son, a U.S. veteran, is being detained in Mexico. They're pleading for his release.

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December 12th, 2012
04:23 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Ex-U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico, Florida parents plead for his release

Jon Hammar dreamed of escaping to Costa Rica. As a U.S. Marine he served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned home to battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. After getting treatment, he was ready to start his life over.

Costa Rica was where Hammar, 27, an avid surfer, wanted to find some calm, riding the waves and relaxing. He left with a friend, another former Marine, but their drive from Florida to Costa Rica didn’t go as planned and now he’s facing another battle. The U.S. veteran is behind bars in Mexico, facing gun charges and his family is speaking out tonight on 360, pleading for his release.

Hammer’s parents, Jon Sr. and Olivia, say the trouble centers around the decades-old Sears and Roebuck shotgun he brought along on the trip. It was Hammer’s great grandfather’s gun.

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Tonight on AC360: The Battlefield at Home
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November 22nd, 2012
07:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: The Battlefield at Home

Anderson Cooper presents a special hour at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight on the myriad of challenges facing U.S. veterans when they return from battle.

Drew Griffin has been investigating charities accused of shameful deception, including allegations that they collect money with a promise of helping wounded veterans, but never deliver. These questionable charities target and exploit generous donors who think they're making a difference in the lives of service members. In tonight's show you'll see what happens when Drew confronts the president of one organization.

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