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VA realigns several program offices to improve efficiency in meeting veterans’ health care needs

Posted November 26, 2018 by

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ modernization efforts to improve efficiency in care coordination for veterans and meet a presidential executive order for reorganizing the executive branch, VA plans to realign several programs within its Veterans Health Administration into four offices.  A requirement of Executive Order 13781, Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the…

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VA’s Benefits Delivery at Discharge program improves service to vets

Posted November 26, 2018 by

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Benefits Delivery at Discharge program has made significant improvements in disability claim processing over the past year, with most service members who submitted claims through the program receiving decisions within 30 days of discharge. BDD allows service members to file a claim for disability between 90 and 180 days…

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Coffee4Vets enjoy special guests at weekly gathering

Posted November 16, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Veterans participating in Coffee4Vets enjoyed a few special guests during the Nov. 6 gathering at Crazy Ottos in Lancaster, Calif. Brig. Gen. E. John “Dragon” Teichert, 412th Test Wing Commander, Command Chief Master Sgt. Roosevelt Jones, and Capt. Miguel Vasquez, 416th Flight Test Engineer, all said they were honored to be a part of such…

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Navy veteran, wife enjoying life in local vets home

Posted November 16, 2018 by Diane Betzler

Courtesy photograph World War II Navy veteran Seaman 1st Class Robert Harness Robert “Bob” Harness is a World War II American veteran, and his military story begins the day he turned 18. “The war had ended, but treaties hadn’t yet been signed, so the draft was going strong,” he recalls. Harness says the way he…

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Greatest sacrifice: B-24 Liberator pilot identified, repatriated after 73 years

Posted November 14, 2018 by Karen Abeyasekere

As his B-24 Liberator started a spiraling descent after encountering hostile anti-aircraft fire over Bulgaria, 1st Lt. John Crouchley knew what he had to do. Holding tightly onto the controls and desperately fighting with two badly damaged engines, he made sure his nine-strong crew were able to parachute to safety and escape with their lives before the aircraft hit the ground.

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The tragedy of LZ Albany: Teaching lessons of a battle lost

Posted November 14, 2018 by by Capt. Scott Kuhn

Photograph courtesy of James Lawrence Twenty-four-year-old, 1st Lt. James Lawrence at his base camp in Vietnam, shortly before the battle of Landing Zone Albany. Lawrence, now 77, speaks with organziations and Soldiers about the lessons learned from the desperate fight in the Ia Drang Valley. Lt. Don Cornett along with 154 Troopers from 2nd Battalion,…

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Guam son killed during World War II comes home

Posted November 9, 2018 by JoAnna Delfin

The solemnity of Taps and smoke from the rifle volley filled the air as Steward Mate 1st Class Ignacio Camacho Farfan’s casket was lowered into the ground to his final resting place at the Guam Veterans Cemetery in Piti Nov. 8, 2018.

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Veterans Day: A time to honor those who have served

Posted November 7, 2018 by

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month one hundred years ago … the guns fell silent across Europe and what had been called the Great War, or the War to end all Wars was over. What later became known as World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles…

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The following attractions have Veterans Day specials

Posted November 7, 2018 by

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Free Admission Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with valid service ID for veterans and military personnel. Battleship Iowa, San Pedro Admission to the Veterans Day festival is free and all are welcome. Free self-guided tour admission will also be available Nov. 10-12 for veterans, as well as…

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Restaurants, businesses offer free food, beverages to active duty military, retirees, veterans

Posted November 7, 2018 by

Many restaurants have special offers, from free food or meals to special discounts. Not all locations participate in specials, so check your local restaurants first. Chili’s Visit a participating Chili’s Nov. 11 to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. You’ll need to show proof of…

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