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VA provides service dog benefits to Veterans with mental health disorders

Posted August 19, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Aug. 18 that it is piloting a protocol to implement veterinary health benefits for mobility service dogs approved for Veterans with a chronic impairment that substantially limits mobility associated with mental health disorders.  “We take our responsibility for the care and safety of veterans very seriously,” said VA Under…

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Laid to rest: Fighter pilot remains found 72 years later

Posted August 17, 2016 by TSgt. Daylena Ricks

Courtesy photograph The remains of U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh were recently found after more than 72 years after his disappearance and were laid to rest in his hometown of Tipton, Indiana, Aug. 13, 2016. In 1944, the 27th Fighter Squadron P-38 Lightning pilot departed Foggia Airfield, Italy, on a strafing…

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WWII POW awarded medal, proud to be ‘Soldier for Life’

Posted August 17, 2016 by David Vergun

Dr. Charlie Stenger, a World War II Army veteran, was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal by Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, Army G-1, Aug. 16, at Stenger's Rockville, Md., home.

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CEO: Layoffs expected in Wounded Warrior Project overhaul

Posted August 10, 2016 by

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–The Wounded Warrior Project’s new CEO says he expects layoffs at the veteran’s charity scrutinized for its spending. Michael Linnington took over the Jacksonville-based nonprofit in July. In an interview with The Florida Times-Union, Linnington said layoffs and cuts to funding for smaller veterans groups are expected as part of a restructuring. The charity…

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Full circle: Iraq veteran draws on his own struggle to heal others

Posted August 10, 2016 by Suzanne Ovel

When Patrick Hogg first sets out to teach a new group of soldiers coping skills to deal with their depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress, he knows they will be nervous about sharing. Some might be downright reluctant.

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Veteran homelessness drops nearly 50 percent since 2010

Posted August 1, 2016 by

The Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness today announced that the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010.

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Vets 4 Veterans Classic Car, Motorcycle Show, Poker Run 

Posted July 27, 2016 by

PALMDALE, Calif.–Vets 4 Veterans Seventh Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show and Poker Run for the seventh year running will provide fun day filled with motorcycles, hot rods, and classic cars, food and entertainment for the whole family. The Poker Run starts Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. at Antelope Valley Harley Davidson, 1759 West Ave. J-12.     …

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Talking spiritual about moral injury

Posted July 27, 2016 by Claudie Benjamin VA

Courtesy photograph Chaplain John Schultz. “Hi. I’m Chaplain John. Would you like to talk?” Most patients say “Sure,” says Chaplain-Resident Schultz describing the practice to meet with patients shortly after they are admitted to VA’s St. Albans, N.Y., campus, a residential facility. While Schultz is Catholic, Harbor’s Chaplaincy Clinical Education Program is interdenominational, including full-time,…

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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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