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Veterans ask court to reinstate lawsuits over open burn pits

Posted May 11, 2018 by Denise Lavoie

RICHMOND, Va.–Veterans and their families asked a federal appeals court May 9 to reinstate dozens of lawsuits alleging that a government contractor caused health problems by using burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 60 lawsuits allege that KBR Inc. — a former Halliburton subsidiary — dumped tires, batteries, medical waste…

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US, Russia sign memorandum on air safety in Syria

Posted October 21, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

Senior U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria, the Pentagon’s press secretary said. The MOU is aimed at minimizing the risk of in-flight incidents among coalition and Russian aircraft operating in Syrian airspace, Peter Cook said at a Pentagon’s news conference. The MOU went into…

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Navy posthumously awards Silver Star for valor at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by PO1 Eric Lockwood

The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 4. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt for gallantry in action…

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Life after military service

Posted November 14, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado

According to a 2014 study by the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 19 million veterans throughout the United States and its territories.

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Doolittle Raider honored with shadow box

Posted November 9, 2015 by SrA. Hailey Haux

People began trickling into the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon. Roughly 15 minutes before go-time, it is filled to the brim. Everyone came there to see one person and hear his story; a story so historical and significant it could make anyone swell with pride.

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Blast from the past: WWII bomb tech Soldier recounts experiences

Posted May 18, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds

Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds Gerald “Jerry” Simon (left), and Lt. Col. Gregory Hirschey, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) deputy commander, share stories about their careers after a professional leadership development session, May 10, 2018, at the National Guard Training Center on Fort Carson, Colo. Three years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous…

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Bronze star presented to family of first OSI fallen hero

Posted June 16, 2017 by Wayne Amann

Air Force photograph by Michael Hastings Col. Kirk B. Stabler, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, presents fallen Special Agent Lee Hitchcock’s Bronze Star Medal to his brother, Craig Hitchcock, during the OSI headquarters inaugural Celebration of Life Remembrance Ceremony May 22, 2017, at Quantico, Va. The Headquarters, Air Force Office of Special…

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Navy veteran, wife enjoying life in local vets home

Posted November 16, 2018 by Diane Betzler

Courtesy photograph World War II Navy veteran Seaman 1st Class Robert Harness Robert “Bob” Harness is a World War II American veteran, and his military story begins the day he turned 18. “The war had ended, but treaties hadn’t yet been signed, so the draft was going strong,” he recalls. Harness says the way he…

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Medal of Honor recipient inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

Posted May 30, 2018 by

Navy photograph by PO2 Paul L. Archer Medal of Honor recipient retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Britt Slabinski stands on the stage during his induction ceremony into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon Auditorium. Slabinski was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump for his heroic actions in March…

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Veterans care still ‘high risk’ as Trump mulls VA head

Posted January 13, 2017 by Hope Yen

Veterans health care remains a “high risk” issue threatening the federal budget and quality of care for former service members, auditors say in a forthcoming report. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office will place the Veteran Affairs Department’s health system once again on its “high risk:” list when it’s released next month. Issued every two years,…

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