Veterans

Care, benefits for veterans strengthened by $186.5 billion VA budget

Posted May 24, 2017 by Information from the Department of Veterans Affairs

In his fiscal year 2018 budget, President Donald Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The budget request will ensure the nation’s veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of veterans as…

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Veterans can visit VetVerify.org for Exchange online shopping authentication

Posted August 3, 2017 by

As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, www.VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive lifelong military exchange online shopping. Veterans may log onto www.VetVerify.org, which will use information from the DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s records…

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Retired Korean War Medal of Honor recipient passes away

Posted November 17, 2017 by PO3 Casey Scoular

Navy photograph by PO3 Casey Scoular The Military Funeral Honors Team of the Massachusetts Army National Guard carries the casket of Medal of Honor Recipient retired Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., during a funeral procession in Hudner’s honor. Hudner, a naval aviator, received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of the…

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74 years later, a pilot who crashed in France returns home

Posted March 28, 2018 by Carrie Antlfinger and Jeffrey Schaeffer

BUYSSCHEURE, France–It is early afternoon on a spring day in 1944. On a French farm 20 miles from the English Channel, two young brothers tend the cows — perhaps they goof off a bit — as their father brews beer. Then a plane falls from the sky. A P-47 Thunderbolt, an American fighter plane, has…

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Senate confirms Robert Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

Posted July 25, 2018 by Hope Yen

The Senate on July 23 confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, charged with delivering on President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie won approval on a bipartisan vote of 86-9, securing the backing of many Democrats after insisting…

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Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

Posted August 31, 2018 by

Air Force photograph The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was recently signed, which included a measure that will allow fully-disabled veterans the ability to utilize Space-Available travel. Travelers should contact their local Passenger Terminal for further details and review travel information found on the AMC Travel Page for specific details on the Space A travel…

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Navy pioneer to be honored with all-female Missing Man Flyover

Posted February 1, 2019 by

The U.S. Navy’s first female jet pilot passed away Jan. 24, 2019, at her home in Tennessee. She was 65. Capt. Rosemary Mariner, United States Navy, Retired, died on January 24, 2019, in the fifth year of her battle with ovarian cancer, with her husband and wingman of 40 years by her side. She was 65. Born in Harlingen, Texas, raised in San Diego, she graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautics at 19.

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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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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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Lost, found, repatriated

Posted September 7, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long

Courtesy photograph Raymond Odom, U.S. Army Air Forces veteran, joined the service during World War II on Feb. 23, 1943. In early May of 2016, a groundsman from RAF Hontington, England, found a dog tag that belongied to Odom while metal detecting on what use to be known as RAF Knettishall, England. The tags are…

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