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Top VA health care official announces initiatives, progress made to improve access

Posted April 8, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ top health care official announced April 8 progress and new steps VA is taking to improve Veterans access to health care. Dr. David J. Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health, announced the measures during a briefing to a group of more than 100 journalists attending the Association of Health Care Journalists’…

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Vietnam War pilot to receive Medal of Honor

Posted June 22, 2016 by Elizabeth M. Collins

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a daring helicopter pilot who displayed extraordinary heroism during the Vietnam War, the White House announced today.

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VA announces funding opportunity for community partners working to end veteran homelessness

Posted December 14, 2016 by

Building on President Obama’s commitment to end veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the availability of funding for non-profit organizations and other groups that serve veterans through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The SSVF program assists very low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These…

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World War I Centennial Commission seeks ‘tradition of service’ photos

Posted March 3, 2017 by Jim Garamone

Photograph courtesy of the National World War I Museum and Memorial Doughboys of Company G, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division pose in front of a barracks in France in 1918. The soldier in the front row – Pvt. John Frary – was killed in the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Even after 100 years, the world still feels…

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Air Force recognizes Veterans in Blue

Posted November 10, 2017 by

Veterans in Blue 2017 is now available online. First launched in 2010, Veterans in Blue is a portrait collection showcasing men and women who have contributed to the security of our nation and the legacy of the Air Force. This year, the series showcases 38 stories of service by Air Force veterans. The Airmen highlighted…

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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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Vets 4 Veterans introduces veterans to art

Posted March 20, 2017 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Artist Steve Ponting and Ramon Ramirez teach art classes for Vets 4 Veterans during a 10-week series. Even those who never thought they were interested in art said that thinking about colors, shapes and the fellowship, is a great way to soothe the mind. More than an art classes, artists…

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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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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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California surfing clinic assists wounded warriors’ recovery

Posted November 8, 2017 by Shannon Collins

DOD photograph by EJ Hersom Navy Seaman Emily Wallace reacts to a moment free from her severe pain during a surf therapy session for Naval Medical Center San Diego patients in Del Mar, Calif., Sept. 14, 2017. The medically appointed surf therapy helps her to manage her pain and provides her with a reprieve from…

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