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Paralyzed vet goes from wheelchair to mountain bike

Posted September 23, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Despite being partially paralyzed after a mortar hit his team during a road-clearing mission in Iraq, Carlos Labarca helped his badly injured captain move out of the kill zone. The Army staff sergeant had to be forced by his base commander to board the helicopter home. He didn't want to leave his troops behind.

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VA awards $6.8 billion for medical disability examinations

Posted September 19, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 the awarding of 12 contracts between five firms totaling $6.8 billion to improve the Medical Disability Examination process (Compensation and Pension or Comp and Pen Examinations) for veterans. The awards are intended to reduce Veterans’ wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions…

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POW preserves promise, resilience during adversity

Posted September 19, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson

Imagine flying an F-4 Phantom with a copilot over North Vietnam during wartime in 1967. Now picture getting shot down by a surface-to-air missile, having to eject and parachute into downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, before being swarmed by a crowd.

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Veterans report for duty in their communities for ‘The Mission Continues’

Posted September 16, 2016 by David Vergun

Thousands of veterans across the U.S. are connecting with their communities and enriching their own lives in the process, according Spencer Kympton. Kympton, president of The Mission Continues, said that since his nonprofit organization started in 2007, around 1,700 veteran fellows have done volunteer work in communities across 49 states. Kympton is a veteran himself….

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Former Army combat medic helps fellow Wounded Warriors

Posted September 16, 2016 by by Shannon Collins

As the 100-degree Fahrenheit heat and humidity mercilessly held onto the day, the mountain bike riders slogged through the mud and then looked hopelessly up at the giant hill.

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Arlington National Cemetery announces enhanced visitor security measures

Posted September 14, 2016 by

Arlington National Cemetery is implementing new visitor security measures that officials said will enhance current efforts and improve safety while minimizing inconvenience.

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Veterans will soon be able to schedule audiology, optometry appointments directly

Posted September 9, 2016 by

Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral — a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments quicker. Before now, veterans seeking appointments with audiologists or optometrists…

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How to maintain TRICARE coverage after 65

Posted September 9, 2016 by

By taking a few simple steps, retirees can make sure they have their TRICARE benefits after they turn 65. Four months before turning 65 years old, individuals will receive a postcard from the Defense Manpower Data Center, the office that supports the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, with information about keeping TRICARE coverage after age…

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WWII female pilot honored among brothers, sisters

Posted September 9, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama

In 1943, Mabel Rawlinson, a Women Airforce Service Pilot, died in an aircraft crash. The government would not pay for her remains to be sent back to her family, nor allow her to have a flag draped over her casket.

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VA awards $7.8 million in adaptive sport grants to aid disabled veterans

Posted September 7, 2016 by

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Sept. 7 the awarding of up to $7.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. The grant recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing these adaptive sports programs. The Department of Veterans…

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