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Carter inducts Vietnam vet Charles Kettles into Hall of Heroes

Posted July 22, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Ash Carter inducted Vietnam veteran retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes July 18, 2016, a day after President Barack Obama presented Kettles with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor. Vietnam Hero Carter said that for 50 years Kettles has been content to let his…

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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

Posted July 22, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Courtesy photograph A technician demonstrates how a patient with a traumatic brain injury uses the computer assisted rehabilitation environment virtual reality to help with movement and balance at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md. Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain…

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VA announces new partnerships, collaboration

Posted July 20, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs July 18 announced partnerships and collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, IBM and Bombas. The three, distinct, relationships are a part of the MyVA Strategic Partnership Initiative, which aims to work together with external organizations to improve the delivery and access of care for veterans. The announcement of the three new…

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Long overdue honor: Daring Vietnam pilot remembers Medal of Honor rescue mission

Posted July 18, 2016 by Elizabeth M. Collins

The bullets came in fast and furious, a hail so thick it seemed like rain with a fog of green tracers. The men of the 176th Aviation Company were used to hot landings after months in the highlands of Vietnam, but this, this was something else.

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Combat medic wins Pat Tilman award, raises disability awareness at 2016 ESPY awards

Posted July 18, 2016 by Tim Hipps

ESPN photograph by Joe Faraoni Paralympic swimmer Sgt. Elizabeth Marks of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program receives the Pat Tillman Award for Service trophy from John Cena at the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles July 13, 2016. Sgt. Elizabeth Marks does not swim to win medals, reap accolades, or even…

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VA schedules 2 million appointments using Veterans Choice program

Posted July 15, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice Program has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program.   “While two million appointments have been scheduled using the Choice Program and we are making progress, we will not rest until all…

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VA conducts nation’s largest analysis of veteran suicide

Posted July 8, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million Veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The effort extends VA’s knowledge from the previous report issued in 2010, which examined three million veteran records from 20 states…

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Soldiers, Korean veterans pay respect to fallen brothers in arms

Posted July 8, 2016 by SFC Clinton Carroll

"They just kept us in a ravine in the daytime. Then at night they'd move us across country. On Aug. 17, about the middle of the afternoon they motioned for us to get up again, that they was going to move us out again. That's when it happened. "

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Montana’s last Doolittle Raider honored

Posted June 29, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Annabel Monroe

Seventy-four years after the historic Doolittle Tokyo Raid, former SSgt. David J. Thatcher, one of two remaining Doolittle Raiders, was laid to rest June 27 in Missoula, Mont.

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Veteran with PTSD finds coping skills through ‘dot’ art

Posted June 27, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Courtesy photograph Army veteran Greg Mullen has created animal figures, Southwestern sun faces, vases, as well as a life-sized suit of armor and a coffee table with a “dot” art technique he developed to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. While a small item takes him a half day to fill with about 400…

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