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From World War II to Afghanistan: USO Marks 75th Anniversary

Posted February 10, 2016 by Jim Garamone

Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company. But mention USO, and all Americans know it is a way for them to connect with service members.

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Officials announce winning design concept for National WWI Memorial

Posted January 27, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

The United States World War One Centennial Commission announced Jan. 26 the winning design concept for a national memorial for what was known at the time as “The Great War.”

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Official urges families to learn about veteran burial honors

Posted January 15, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance when possible to know what to expect with military funeral honors. Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead…

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New vet lifeline created

Posted January 8, 2016 by

A new national help hotline, Vets4Warriors, was recently created. The hotline’s mission is to provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, retirees, and their families and caregivers. The hotline just received special state funding and can help connect clients with a new $5…

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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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New members appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

Posted December 23, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of four new members to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee was chartered Nov. 2, 1994, and advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the needs of the nation’s 4.7 million minority Veterans on compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs…

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CSAF awards Silver Stars to Vietnam vets

Posted December 21, 2015 by SSgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III congratulates retired Chief Master Sgt. Ronald W. Brodeur and Eric L. Roberts II after presenting them with the Silver Star during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Dec. 17, 2015. Brodeur and Roberts received their medals…

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Edwards Airmen lay wreaths at Lancaster Cemetery

Posted December 18, 2015 by

Courtesy photograph by Taliah Sims Master Sgt. Robert Sims, 912th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lays a wreath on a grave of a veteran at Lancaster Cemetery Dec. 12, 2015. Every year since 1992, Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, sponsors the laying of wreaths at the graves of veterans across the country Dec. 12. Locally, volunteers…

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Remembering the sacrifices veterans gave to our nation

Posted December 14, 2015 by PO2 Charlotte Oliver

Nestled in the tiny old seafaring New England village of Columbia Falls, Maine, lies a forest of over 5,000 acres of Balsam fir trees. The impressive spread of vibrant green coniferous trees make the quintessential Christmas trees and wreaths. It is home to Worcester Wreath Company and is also home to the non-profit organization “Wreaths…

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Gone but not forgotten: Wreaths honor those who gave all

Posted December 14, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

Once Susan Zerbe learned that a CH-47 Chinook helicopter had been shot down in Afghanistan, killing all 30 U.S. troops on board, she knew her son was one of them.

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