Army photograph by Jeff Sisto
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Gold Star Mother discusses her son’s suicide, stigma

Posted September 30, 2016 by Tazanyia L. Mouton

Lynn Patton, a Gold Star Mother, spoke to the Natick Soldier Systems Center workforce, Sept. 23, 2016, about the suicide death of her son, Sgt. Matthew Patton.

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Guard troops were training when Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by National Guard Bureau

National Guard photograph Kentucky Guard tankers in training: Members of Company D, 192nd Tank Battalion, Kentucky National Guard, pose with their vehicles at Ft. Knox, Ky., during the unit’s training prior to World War II. Called into federal service pursuant to the national emergency declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, the 192nd, along…

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Talking spiritual about moral injury

Posted July 27, 2016 by Claudie Benjamin VA

Courtesy photograph Chaplain John Schultz. “Hi. I’m Chaplain John. Would you like to talk?” Most patients say “Sure,” says Chaplain-Resident Schultz describing the practice to meet with patients shortly after they are admitted to VA’s St. Albans, N.Y., campus, a residential facility. While Schultz is Catholic, Harbor’s Chaplaincy Clinical Education Program is interdenominational, including full-time,…

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Army photograph by Rachel Larue
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World War I exhibit opens at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted April 5, 2017 by Don Wagner

Army photograph by Rachel Larue In a joint effort with the American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington National Cemetery will unveil its new World War I Exhibit in an official grand opening ceremony March 31, 2017. Just days before the 100th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war, Arlington National Cemetery celebrated the opening of a…

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Vet, 94, recalls friend’s lifelong regret over Pearl Harbor

Posted November 30, 2016 by Katie Lange

At his kitchen table in Allentown, Penn., Pearl Harbor veteran Richard Schimmel shows me a small, laminated piece of paper. It's yellow and smudged from decades of aging, but the handwriting is legible, and it has a simple title: "Warning."

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VA awards $6.8 billion for medical disability examinations

Posted September 19, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 the awarding of 12 contracts between five firms totaling $6.8 billion to improve the Medical Disability Examination process (Compensation and Pension or Comp and Pen Examinations) for veterans. The awards are intended to reduce Veterans’ wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions…

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VA study on whether dogs can heal vets with PTSD has critics

Posted April 22, 2016 by Allen G. Breed

Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. “Clear,” Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats. “`He’s basically looking for … anything that would be out of the ordinary. A bag. A particular weapon. People…

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Full circle: Iraq veteran draws on his own struggle to heal others

Posted August 10, 2016 by Suzanne Ovel

When Patrick Hogg first sets out to teach a new group of soldiers coping skills to deal with their depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress, he knows they will be nervous about sharing. Some might be downright reluctant.

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VA unveils claims submission option that promises to complete claims within 30 days

Posted September 8, 2017 by

On Sept. 7, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to veterans and their families. “The DRC initiative…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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Thunderbolts honor Tuskegee Airmen

Posted November 16, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

A granite paver was unveiled honoring the World War II Tuskegee Airmen during a Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 11, at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix.

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