Veterans

Newly established leave policy gives disabled veterans more time to address medical issues

Posted November 10, 2016 by

Under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, disabled veteran leave will be available to any federal employee hired on or after Nov. 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. Disabled veteran leave is available as a one-time benefit during a 12-month period beginning on an…

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VA releases major report on progress of ‘MyVA’ transformation process

Posted November 10, 2016 by

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a major update Nov. 9 on the MyVA transformation, Secretary Robert McDonald’s effort to transform VA into the top customer service agency in the federal government. This third edition of the program’s semi-annual report shows progress serving veterans with more services, in better time.   “Guided by Veterans’…

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VA, Social Security partner to speed up disability decisions for vets

Posted November 10, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration have launched a new Health IT initiative that enables VA to share medical records electronically with social security disabilty processors. This secure process will save time and money resulting in better service for Veterans and dependents who apply for social security disability benefits. The SSA…

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VA expands new innovators network program

Posted November 10, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation is expanding its Innovators Network Program. Fourteen new VA Medical Center innovation sites and one National Cemetery innovation site will join the eight selected last year, for a total of 22 recognized innovation sites across the country. The sites were selected from a highly competitive pool of…

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After years of grandson’s research, WWI vet honored for valor in combat

Posted November 10, 2016 by Ruth Kingsland

Nearly 100 years after Pfc. John Barnard Goodman was drafted into the Army Signal Corps during World War I, 20 of his descendants met with military leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's I Corps Headquarters Saturday for a ceremony to honor him with a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his exemplary service and extraordinary valor.

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WWII bomber pilot awarded Silver Star

Posted November 7, 2016 by Tech Sgt. Jamie Powell

Former Maj. William “Joe” Schneider was awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 1, for his actions while commanding an 18-plane bombing raid on Feb. 23, 1945, over Italy. Maj. Gen. Christopher Bence, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Commander, presided over the ceremony.

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Local veterans treated to softball tournament

Posted November 4, 2016 by Diane Betzlier

Photograph by Diane Betzler Alexandrea Ballentine, a volunteer at the Hats off for Heroes softball tournament sells T-shirts honoring two Antelope Valley fallen heroes. Resident veterans from the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans’ Home in Lancaster, Calif., were treated to a day of fun and relaxation at the third annual Hits for Heroes softball tournament…

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Bataan Death March survivor visits Kansas base

Posted October 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Thornbury

A 99 year old, World War II veteran who survived the Bataan Death March visited McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Oct. 20, 2016.

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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Posted October 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Remembering, honoring first Americans to fight, die in World War I

Posted October 21, 2016 by Jim Garamone

Norman Prince’s tomb is steps away from that of President Woodrow Wilson in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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