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VA announces telemental health clinical resource centers

Posted May 20, 2016 by

As the Department of Veterans Affairs works to improve veterans’ access to health care, its telehealth services play an integral role in that process, said Dr. David J. Shulkin, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. Shulkin spoke May 16 to members of the American Telemedicine Association attending the group’s 2016 conference in Minneapolis, where he also…

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World War II POW shares story at McConnell

Posted September 27, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker Ray Avila, a U.S. Army veteran, poses for a photo after sharing the story of his capture during World War II to Airmen Sept. 14, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Avila is a Wichita, Kansas, native who served in the Battle of the Bulge…

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Flying Jennies take part in D-Day 72nd anniversary events

Posted June 6, 2016 by MSgt. Jessica L. Kendziorek

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft flew over many towns, villages and historical sites near Normandy, France, June 3 in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

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DOD announces new outreach efforts to vets regarding discharges, military records

Posted January 4, 2017 by

The Department of Defense Dec. 30 announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed. Through enhanced public outreach, engagement with Veterans Service Organizations, Military Service Organizations and other outside groups, as well as direct outreach to individual veterans, the department encourages all veterans…

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Trump signs order to improve mental health resources for transitioning vets

Posted January 10, 2018 by Terri Moon Cronk

Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed Jan. 9. The order, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life,” directs the Defense,…

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VA releases health care benefit application for Spanish-speaking veterans

Posted August 17, 2018 by

On Aug. 8, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the Spanish version of the application for health benefits, as part of VA’s effort to simplify and improve the health care enrollment process for veterans.  The new language version implements the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans’ recommendation to provide Spanish versions of the application…

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How to file a Notice of Disagreement on your VA compensation claim

Posted December 30, 2016 by Donna Stratford

If you disagree with the decision VA made on your disability compensation claim, your first step is to formally tell VA that you disagree. I received my rating and it’s wrong “I received my rating and it’s wrong” is a statement our call center agents hear every day. You may think that VA shouldn’t have…

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Veteran finds fulfillment with custom-built truck

Posted December 14, 2016 by Dana Rimington

Courtesy photograph Jason Velez poses next to his custom built Dodge Ram 2500. Velez, a retired Airman, who served multiple tours in Iraq, rebuilt the truck to resemble a vehicle halfway between a personal vehicle and tactical military vehicle. Velez hopes the hybrid vehicle will help other veterans transition from military to civilian life. After…

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Surviving the Holocaust: Former Soldier, AF civilian tells his story

Posted May 6, 2016 by SSgt. Christopher Gross

Fear. In one word, Bob Behr used fear to describe how he and most of the Jewish community in Germany lived their lives from 1933 until the mid-1940s. In that time, Behr would suffer persecution, work in forced labor, be arrested and sent to the Theresienstadt “camp-ghetto” with his family, and ultimately, survive the Holocaust.

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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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