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VA offering up to $8 million in grants for adaptive-sports programs that aid disabled veterans

Posted February 27, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is providing up to $8 million in grants to fund adaptive-sports programs that offer activities for disabled Veterans and members of the armed forces who have disabilities, the VA announced Feb. 22. The application period for the fiscal 2018 Adaptive Sports Grant began Feb. 21, 2017, and will close at…

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VA to make beds available where possible to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma

Posted September 15, 2017 by

On Sept. 14, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Shulkin has been working with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson and their staffs on this issue beginning Sept. 13. “We thank Governor…

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New memorial honors Native American sacrifice on D-Day

Posted June 8, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alexis Schultz

DOD photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexis C. Schultz D-Day veterans Charles Shay, right, and George Kline shake hands at the Charles Shay Memorial in Saint Laurent sur Mer, France, June 5, 2017. This ceremony commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the largest multi-national amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history, and highlights the…

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Tribute to the fallen: 73 years and counting

Posted June 8, 2017 by Senior Airman Devin Boyer

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devin Boyer French children release balloons into the air during a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the United States Army Air Forces Transport Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1, 2017. Each balloon has a placard tied to it with the name of a fallen service member who gave their life…

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Third Invictus Games Adaptive Sports Competition kicks off in Toronto

Posted September 25, 2017 by

DOD photograph by Roger L. Wollenberg Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, U.S. team captain, carries the American flag as her team enters the opening ceremony for the 2017 Invictus Games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Sept. 23, 2017. At right is team co-captain Marine Corps Sgt. Ivan Sears. The Invictus Games, established by…

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Take Command: Changes coming to TRICARE retiree dental program

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Do you have TRICARE Retiree Dental Program coverage now? If so, then you need to know that the TRDP will end on Dec. 31, 2018. Not to worry — anyone who was in TRDP this year or would have been eligible for the plan, will be able to choose a dental plan from among 10…

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Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart Medal after 47 years

Posted December 11, 2015 by Joan Vasey

The Army provided a long-awaited presentation, Dec. 3, 2015, when a Southeast Arizona veteran received the Purple Heart Medal for a head wound sustained 47 years earlier when the former soldier, then a specialist 4, was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized) 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.

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Peace, reconciliation emphasized at annual Blackened Canteen ceremony

Posted December 7, 2016 by PO2 Jeffrey Troutman

On a warm June evening in 1945, in the skies over Shizuoka, Japan, two U.S. Army Air Force B-29s from 314th Bomb Wing collided during a planned bombing raid, killing all 23 American crewmen on board.

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VA expands new innovators network program

Posted November 10, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation is expanding its Innovators Network Program. Fourteen new VA Medical Center innovation sites and one National Cemetery innovation site will join the eight selected last year, for a total of 22 recognized innovation sites across the country. The sites were selected from a highly competitive pool of…

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Vet, 94, recalls friend’s lifelong regret over Pearl Harbor

Posted November 30, 2016 by Katie Lange

At his kitchen table in Allentown, Penn., Pearl Harbor veteran Richard Schimmel shows me a small, laminated piece of paper. It's yellow and smudged from decades of aging, but the handwriting is legible, and it has a simple title: "Warning."

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