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VA takes significant step to improving correspondence with vets

Posted April 9, 2018 by

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ ongoing improvement of managing taxpayer dollars, the Veterans Benefits Administration has deployed the Centralized Benefits Communications Management Program nationally.  The program represents a new centralized printing and mailing process system designed to improve productivity and streamline correspondence with veterans on compensation benefits and pension burial claims. …

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A gunner’s tale: 100th Bomb Group veteran shares memories of war

Posted June 1, 2016 by Karen Abeyasekere

“The first thing we did when we landed and parked the airplane was get out and count how many holes we had in it, either from fighters or from flak,” exclaimed Lewis Herron, a former staff sergeant and 100th Bombardment Group veteran. “One day we counted 103 holes in our airplane!”

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Veterans Day 2017 – A time to remember

Posted November 10, 2017 by

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations …”

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Retired general hoping to restore trust in Wounded Warrior

Posted May 2, 2016 by David Bauderlein

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles Fletcher’s military career brought him to Jacksonville to help manage a global network for moving military equipment to hot spots and bases. He’s back now on a new mission with a military angle, but his task is harder to quantify. The Wounded Warrior Project’s board picked Fletcher to step in as…

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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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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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Arlington National Cemetery announces enhanced visitor security measures

Posted September 14, 2016 by

Arlington National Cemetery is implementing new visitor security measures that officials said will enhance current efforts and improve safety while minimizing inconvenience.

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Officials plan announcement of WWI Memorial design team

Posted January 8, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

The winning design team for the national World War I memorial will be announced Jan. 25, the commission charged with overseeing the centennial commemoration of the war has announced. The design concept will be from one of the five finalist teams that presented plans to the design jury today, according to Edwin Fountain, vice chairman…

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Lancaster VA Clinic host open house for veterans

Posted March 29, 2017 by

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is hosting an Open House for Veterans at the Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 340 E. Ave I Suite 108, Lancaster, CA 93535 on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans and family members can receive information about VA specialty programs, local job opportunities and healthcare enrollment….

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The appeals process: Appeals and claims are as different as apples and oranges

Posted January 20, 2017 by Catherine Trombley

When I represented Veterans at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, my clients usually had a lot of questions about the appeals process and the differences between a claim and an appeal. Even in my current position as a public affairs specialist for the Veterans Benefits Administration, I continue to get asked the same questions, so…

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