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USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship

Posted April 21, 2017 by Jennifer McDermott

PROVIDENCE, R.I.–One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his fallen shipmates. Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful. Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on…

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New Fisher House debuts at VA Long Beach

Posted December 14, 2016 by James Spellman, Jr.

Photograph courtesy of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System Brig. Gen. Mark Baird, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., seated with Lana Toenjes, VA Long Beach Fisher House manager, and Drew Hatcher of the Masco Corporation Foundation, listens to remarks by Fisher…

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VA launches Physician Ambassador Program

Posted June 9, 2017 by

Department partners with volunteer medical professionals to improve care The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 6 that it has launched the Physician Ambassador Program, an effort to recruit volunteer medical providers, at the more than 1,700 VA health-care facilities across the nation. The physician and clinician “ambassadors” are qualified, trained and licensed health providers…

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The appeals process: Appeals and claims are as different as apples and oranges

Posted January 20, 2017 by Catherine Trombley

When I represented Veterans at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, my clients usually had a lot of questions about the appeals process and the differences between a claim and an appeal. Even in my current position as a public affairs specialist for the Veterans Benefits Administration, I continue to get asked the same questions, so…

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Pearl Harbor survivor: USS Arizona came ‘completely out of the water’

Posted November 16, 2016 by Katie Lange

DOD graphic by Regina Ali “I remember everything, all of it. … Just like it happened yesterday.” That’s what a witty and alert Melvin Heckman, a 92-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran, told me when I asked him about his memories from the “date that will live in infamy.” And remember he did, from the amount of…

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Surviving Khobar Towers: An Airman’s Story

Posted June 16, 2017 by Senior Airman Chandler Baker

Courtesy photograph President Bill Clinton shakes 1st Lt Michael Harner’s hand during a visit with the survivors of the Khobar Towers attack at Eglin Air Force Base, July 4, 1996. President Clinton asked those at the memorial service including Secretary of the Air Force Shelia Widnall and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ron Fogleman…

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Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried in Kansas

Posted May 9, 2018 by AP

ASHLAND, Kansas–The city of Ashland in southwest Kansas is preparing to welcome home a native son who died while serving in the Navy more than 76 years ago. Navy Seaman 1st Class Willard Aldridge died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was among 429 sailors who…

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Pioneer of tactical airlift visits MacDill AFB

Posted January 27, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks

It’s World War II and Nazi Germany occupies France, an Allied nation. Somewhere in the moonlit French countryside, a modified B-24 Liberator flies overhead. Painted matte black, and stripped of unnecessary equipment, this B-24 is flying a secret mission.

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Coffee4Vets enjoy special guests at weekly gathering

Posted November 16, 2018 by Linda KC Reynolds

Veterans participating in Coffee4Vets enjoyed a few special guests during the Nov. 6 gathering at Crazy Ottos in Lancaster, Calif. Brig. Gen. E. John “Dragon” Teichert, 412th Test Wing Commander, Command Chief Master Sgt. Roosevelt Jones, and Capt. Miguel Vasquez, 416th Flight Test Engineer, all said they were honored to be a part of such…

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Retirees seeking foreign government employment need pre-approval

Posted November 18, 2016 by Tammy Cournoyer

Military retirees seeking any civil employment with a foreign government agency — or any instrumentality of a foreign government agency — must apply for permission in advance or risk losing their military retirement pay. For retired Airmen, the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of State serve as approval authorities for requests, though the…

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