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Navy honors service of Vietnam War veterans

Posted April 2, 2018 by PO2 Destiny Cheek

The Naval History and Heritage Command held a commemoration ceremony in honor of Vietnam War Veterans Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy’s Cold War Gallery located on the Washington Navy Yard, March 29, 2018. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designates March 29 of each year as Vietnam War Veterans…

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Bataan survivor’s descendant leads unit in grueling marathon

Posted April 5, 2017 by Carolyn Herrick

Thirty years ago, she was dancing on her grandfather’s feet. This month, she marched 26.2 miles through deep desert sand and over mountains carrying a 50-pound ruck sack with four comrades in arms, in his honor.

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Air Force unveils latest ‘Veterans in Blue’ exhibit

Posted November 10, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

The seventh volume of “Veterans in Blue” is now available online. The exhibit captures 28 stories of heroism and service by Air Force veterans. Each veteran’s portrait is also displayed on the fifth floor of the Pentagon in A ring between the eighth and ninth corridor.

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VA announces additional changes to improve veterans crisis line

Posted March 2, 2016 by

Department of Veterans Affairs’ Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson announced Feb. 26 improvements to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, which serves as a life-saving resource for veterans who find themselves at risk of suicide. In his third trip to the Crisis Line in a year, Gibson announced that the Crisis Line would…

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: A ‘body blow’ to America

Posted December 9, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall.

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Ring of steel protected Oahu from invasion but not from attack by air

Posted December 8, 2017 by David Vergun

Shortly after 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the Army began construction of defensive works on the island of Oahu. Seven forts were built around the island to contain the massive coastal artillery pieces and mortars, along with the hundreds of anti-aircraft guns — a so-called “ring of steel” — that had been put…

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VA selects new Director of the Center for Women Veterans

Posted May 6, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of a new director of the Center for Women Veterans. Kayla M. Williams assumed duties this week as director, serving as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs and legislation that affect women veterans. “Kayla embodies everything it means to be a true advocate…

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Bataan Death March survivor honors brothers-in-arms

Posted March 22, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar

Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar Retired U.S. Army Col. Ben Skardon, 99, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, walks in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, accompanied by green-to-gold New Mexico State University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet Ryan Bradley (left) and Spc. Michael Cole of…

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Veterans can visit VetVerify.org for Exchange online shopping authentication

Posted June 5, 2017 by

As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged Veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive a lifelong military exchange online shopping. Veterans may log onto VetVerify.org, which will use information from DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s…

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VA announces additional steps to reduce veteran suicide

Posted March 9, 2016 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced March 8 new steps it is taking to reduce veteran suicide. The steps follow a February 2 Summit, “Preventing Veteran Suicide — A Call to Action,” that brought together stakeholders and thought leaders to discuss current research, approaches and best practices to address this important subject. “We know that…

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