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Message of Holocaust survivor and his liberator: Never forget

Posted May 1, 2017 by Don Wagner

Army photograph Holocaust survivors rejoice as the Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberates about 30,000 prisoners at Dachau, Germany, April 1945. Ernest Gross, 19, was in a long line of other prisoners awaiting certain death in the Dachau gas chambers and crematorium that lay ahead. He did not care. All but two brothers and a sister…

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President signs bill to extend Veterans Choice health care law

Posted April 24, 2017 by Terri Moon Cronk

President Donald J. Trump signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act on April 18, ensuring military veterans can continue receiving health care in the civilian sector when care is not easily accessible from a Veterans Affairs Department provider. “The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for…

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USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship

Posted April 21, 2017 by Jennifer McDermott

PROVIDENCE, R.I.–One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his fallen shipmates. Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful. Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on…

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Wright-Patterson, NMUSAF pay tribute to Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary

Posted April 21, 2017 by Bryan Ripple and Amy Rollins

Friends, family and fans from around the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid April 17-18, 2017, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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A toast for the ages: WWII fighter pilots reunite

Posted April 15, 2017 by Master Sgt. Todd Wivell

It was a pact made many years ago when the aging members of the 510th Fighter Squadron from World War II decided they could no longer attend their annual reunions.

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VA establishes commission to recommend new under secretary VHA

Posted April 10, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 10 the establishment of a search commission to help identify candidates for the position of Under Secretary for Health of its Veterans Health Administration. The Under Secretary for Health manages VHA, the nation’s largest health-care system, which has an annual budget of approximately $61 billion and oversees the…

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Navy members can now manage life insurance online

Posted April 7, 2017 by

Navy members now have the opportunity to enroll or change their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance online. The Department of Veterans Affairs began enrollment for Navy members in the SGLI Online Enrollment System on April 5. SOES allows active-duty and eligible reserve and Guard members to manage their SGLI and Family SGLI coverage electronically at any…

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VA REACH VET initiative helps save veterans lives

Posted April 7, 2017 by

Program signals when more help is needed for at-risk vets Suicide prevention is one of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ highest priorities. As part of VA’s commitment to put resources, services and all technology available to reduce veteran suicide, VA has launched an innovative program called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health – Veterans Enhanced…

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World War I exhibit opens at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted April 5, 2017 by Don Wagner

Army photograph by Rachel Larue In a joint effort with the American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington National Cemetery will unveil its new World War I Exhibit in an official grand opening ceremony March 31, 2017. Just days before the 100th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war, Arlington National Cemetery celebrated the opening of a…

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Bataan survivor’s descendant leads unit in grueling marathon

Posted April 5, 2017 by Carolyn Herrick

Thirty years ago, she was dancing on her grandfather’s feet. This month, she marched 26.2 miles through deep desert sand and over mountains carrying a 50-pound ruck sack with four comrades in arms, in his honor.

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