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Vets Briefs August 20

Posted August 20, 2018 by

Remains of USS Oklahoma sailor from Indiana identified Officials say the remains of a U.S. Navy sailor from Fort Wayne, Ind., who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified and will be buried Aug. 21 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced…

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AV veterans’ roundup

Posted August 17, 2018 by

Antelope Valley Fair The Antelope Valley Fair will observe Military Appreciation Day on Aug.23. Admission will be free for veterans, active duty service members and military retirees. With a lanyard, attendees will receive a warm welcome from military support groups like Bombshell Betty ‘s Pin-Up Calendar, and Fregoso Outdoor Foundation.   AVTA Starting Aug.20, AV…

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VA releases health care benefit application for Spanish-speaking veterans

Posted August 17, 2018 by

On Aug. 8, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the Spanish version of the application for health benefits, as part of VA’s effort to simplify and improve the health care enrollment process for veterans.  The new language version implements the VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans’ recommendation to provide Spanish versions of the application…

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Apryl Hall
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DPAA provides update on identifying service members missing from Korean War

Posted August 15, 2018 by Thomas Budzyna

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency provided an update Aug. 14 on the status of identifying the remains transferred in July to the United States from North Korea.

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Army photograph by Sean Kimmons
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In unique mission, Soldiers give identity back to fallen troops

Posted August 8, 2018 by Sean Kimmons

Army photograph by Sean Kimmons Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Owen, a morgue NCOIC for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, examines personal effects that potentially belong to fallen service members inside a laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2018. When her duty day is over, Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Owen often reflects on…

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Administrator responsible for all areas of vets’ home

Posted August 3, 2018 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler Elvie Ancheta took over the administrative reins of the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans’ Home in Lancaster, Calif., after former administrator Norman Andrews retired. Elvie Ancheta is the director of the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif. She enjoys working at the home and with the resident veterans….

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Airman posthumously receives Medal of Honor

Posted July 30, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Ryan Conroy

Courtesy photograph Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, a combat controller, was killed during a fierce battle against al-Qaida fighters in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, March 4, 2002. He will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.” The…

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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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Eligible veterans can seek refund for taxes on disability severance payment

Posted July 18, 2018 by Lisa Ferdinando

The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment, a DOD tax expert said. Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, the executive director for the Armed Forces Tax Council, said the department began mailing notices to veterans July 9. The deadline…

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Nick Emerick
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A symphony of freedom: 70th anniversary of The Berlin Airlift

Posted June 29, 2018 by Senior Airman Nick Emerick

In June of 1948, the United States Air Force, along with the air forces of Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa would undertake a humanitarian mission of a massive scale to bring aid to the city of Berlin.

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