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Blue Angels presentation

Posted March 25, 2016 by

Members of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, in town for the Los Angeles County Air Show, made a stop at the Pete Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster March 18. “The U.S. Navy Blue Angels presentation at the Pete Knight Veterans Home was fantastic,” said Steve Knight, R-Calif., and whose father the home is named after….

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‘Rosie the Riveters’ honored with visit to Washington

Posted March 25, 2016 by Mike Householder

Seven decades after their “we can do it” attitude proved invaluable to the Allied victory, about 30 “Rosie the Riveters” were honored March 22 with a trip to Washington that included visits to the National World War II Memorial. Wearing honor flight red cardigans, the women — now in their 80s and 90s — whose…

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Army photograph by Damien Salas
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Wanted: Honor Flight Guardians

Posted March 11, 2016 by Arthur Mondale

As more veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam travel to Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight program, more volunteers are needed to escort them.

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DOD photograph by PO2 Glenn Slaughter
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WASP pursued love of flying, fought for women vets’ recognition

Posted March 11, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Women have been graduating from the Air Force Academy since 1980, and flying in combat missions since Operation Desert Storm, but before them were the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.

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Army photograph by Sgt. Jose. A. Torres Jr.
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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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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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VA announces additional changes to improve veterans crisis line

Posted March 2, 2016 by

Department of Veterans Affairs’ Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Feb. 26 improvements to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, which serves as a life-saving resource for veterans who find themselves at risk of suicide. In his third trip to the Crisis Line in a year, Gibson announced that the Crisis Line would…

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VA announces appointment of principal deputy under secretary for health

Posted March 2, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Feb. 29 the appointment of Dr. Richard A. Stone to the position of Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health. Stone will serve as the second-in-command to Dr. David Shulkin, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. Stone began work immediately.   “We are excited to bring Dr. Stone on board as…

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DOD, VA kick off interagency effort for coordination of complex care

Posted February 26, 2016 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments Feb. 25 announced an ongoing effort to ease the transition for service members who require complex care management as they transition from the DOD system of health care to the VA, or within each system. The effort is designed to ease the burden for service members and veterans, who…

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Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash
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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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