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VA to make beds available where possible to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma

Posted September 15, 2017 by

On Sept. 14, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Shulkin has been working with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson and their staffs on this issue beginning Sept. 13. “We thank Governor…

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VA awards $188 million in grant funding to help homeless vets

Posted September 11, 2017 by

On Sept. 11, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced $188 million in grants for two programs benefiting homeless veterans. The grants were made through the Grant and Per Diem program, awarded to community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. Awards announced today will provide approximately $185 million in per diem funding for 556 projects to…

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Navy announces plan to survey wreck of World War I cruiser San Diego

Posted September 8, 2017 by

The Navy announced plans Sept. 6 to survey the wreck of the World War I U.S. Navy cruiser, on which six American Sailors lost their lives when she was sunk as a result of enemy action off the coast of New York on July 19, 1918. The survey’s objective is to assess the condition of…

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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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ALS supports Bravo Base – “Camp Conklin”

Posted September 6, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie Moore A homeless veteran carries a box of clothes at Bravo Base – “Camp Conklin” in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2017. Bravo Base provides shelter to veterans and civilians alike so they can get back on their feet. U.S. Airmen attending Airman Leadership School, and other Desert…

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17,000 California Guard soldiers will keep disputed bonuses

Posted September 1, 2017 by Kathleen Ronayne

More than 17,000 California National Guard soldiers won’t have to repay more than $190 million in enlistment bonuses and other payments handed out in error between 2004 and 2010, the Pentagon has determined. The decision closes several years of wrangling over whether soldiers should be forced to pay back the money after an audit revealed…

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Veteran talks about suicide to help other veterans

Posted August 31, 2017 by Cameron Porter

VA photograph Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog Sherman. She tried to take her own life eight times in one year while serving as a soldier in the 4th Infantry Division in 2008. The stressors of combat, losing a couple of very close friends in battle and adapting to life back in the U.S….

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Researchers announce wreckage from USS Indianapolis located

Posted August 21, 2017 by

A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945.

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Marine returns Japanese WWII flag to original family

Posted August 18, 2017 by Marine Corps Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones

Marine Corps photograph Tatsuya Yasue, left, receives a flag from World War II veteran Marvin Strombo at Higashishirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Aug. 15, 2017. Tatsuya, along with other members of the family have waited over 70 years for the return of the brother they lost during the war. The ceremony provided both families with…

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62nd FS mate finally laid to rest

Posted August 10, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham

Approximately 50 Airmen assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., attended the funeral of former 62nd FS pilot 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Penn., Aug. 4, 2017. Carlson, then 24 years-old, was killed after his P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down by enemy…

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