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VA unveils claims submission option that promises to complete claims within 30 days

Posted September 8, 2017 by

On Sept. 7, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to veterans and their families. “The DRC initiative…

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Army helps unveil World War I commemorative coin

Posted October 20, 2017 by Gary Sheftick

Army photograph by Spec. Connor Ryan Kelly Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley stands beside the design for the back of the World War I commemorative coin, dubbed “poppies in the wire,” after he unveiled it Oct. 9, 2017 at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. Army leaders…

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VA now providing online daily burial schedules for national cemeteries

Posted March 29, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a new online Daily Burial Schedule for all VA national cemeteries, which will allow families and loved ones to retrieve time and location information for those being interred, via its National Cemetery Administration [https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/about/index.asp] website. “We pride ourselves on continuously improving customer satisfaction and meeting the wishes of…

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Tuskegee Airmen share life lessons

Posted February 19, 2016 by TSgt. Bryan Franks

Three members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visited with Airmen at the Pentagon during a meet and greet hosted by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Feb. 16.

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Researchers announce wreckage from USS Indianapolis located

Posted August 21, 2017 by

A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945.

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Korean War casualty gets final rest

Posted March 11, 2016 by Gary Sheftick

After 65 years, Pfc. James M. Smith was finally laid to rest by his family, March 9, with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Smith was 19 years old when Chinese forces attacked his unit, Feb. 12, 1951, north of Hoengsong, Korea. He was a member of Company K, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: A ‘body blow’ to America

Posted December 9, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall.

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VA announces additional steps to reduce veteran suicide

Posted March 9, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced March 8 new steps it is taking to reduce veteran suicide. The steps follow a February 2 Summit, “Preventing Veteran Suicide — A Call to Action,” that brought together stakeholders and thought leaders to discuss current research, approaches and best practices to address this important subject. “We know that…

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Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly eight years

Posted December 4, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October’s veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30. Susan S. Kelly, who leads DOD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, spoke to DOD News about the October Bureau…

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Four NCOs, 16 Army vets to compete in Rio Paralympics

Posted September 7, 2016 by David Vergun and Gary Sheftick

Army photograph by Tim Hipps Sgt. Elizabeth Marks of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wins the women’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 28.54 seconds — only .01 seconds off the world record in her classification – in the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team Trials on June 30 at the Mecklenburg…

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