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How to maintain TRICARE coverage after 65

Posted September 9, 2016 by

By taking a few simple steps, retirees can make sure they have their TRICARE benefits after they turn 65. Four months before turning 65 years old, individuals will receive a postcard from the Defense Manpower Data Center, the office that supports the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, with information about keeping TRICARE coverage after age…

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Tucson Veterans Day Parade 2016

Posted November 14, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Airman Nathan H. Barbour Col. Scott Campbell, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife Col. Kim Campbell, 612th Theater Operations Group commander, arrive at the Tucson Veterans Day Parade in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 11, 2016. Scott Campbell is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the Air…

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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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VA establishes commission to recommend new under secretary VHA

Posted April 10, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 10 the establishment of a search commission to help identify candidates for the position of Under Secretary for Health of its Veterans Health Administration. The Under Secretary for Health manages VHA, the nation’s largest health-care system, which has an annual budget of approximately $61 billion and oversees the…

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Michigan high school teacher, coach to receive Medal of Honor

Posted June 14, 2017 by David Vergun

Photograph courtesy of James McCloughan U.S. Army Pfc. James McCloughan, 1969. The White House announced June 13 that on July 31, President Donald Trump will present the Medal of Honor to Spec. 5 James C. McCloughan. McCloughan’s valorous actions occurred during 48 hours of intense fighting against enemy forces on Nui Yon Hill near Tam…

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Finally home: Marine killed 74 years ago laid to rest

Posted September 22, 2017 by Sarah Crawford

Cpl. Raymond Clark Snapp is finally at rest, 74 years after his death. In October 1941, the young man from a small town in northeast Texas enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps just two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Snapp was later injured in the Battle of Guadalcanal and taken to Honolulu to…

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Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart Medal after 47 years

Posted December 11, 2015 by Joan Vasey

The Army provided a long-awaited presentation, Dec. 3, 2015, when a Southeast Arizona veteran received the Purple Heart Medal for a head wound sustained 47 years earlier when the former soldier, then a specialist 4, was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized) 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.

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Veterans overcome challenges through ‘Face of America’ ride

Posted April 27, 2016 by Shannon Collins

More than 700 cyclists, including nearly 175 disabled veterans, rode two routes -- either 110 miles from Arlington, Va., or 120 miles from Valley Forge, Penn., -- and met up in Gettysburg, Penn., as part of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual “Face of America” ride.

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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

Posted July 22, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Courtesy photograph A technician demonstrates how a patient with a traumatic brain injury uses the computer assisted rehabilitation environment virtual reality to help with movement and balance at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md. Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain…

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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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