Veterans

VA announces contract award for program for a faster care mobile app for veterans to schedule medical appointments

Posted May 19, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a contract for a commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system through a mobile application, or app, that will help improve access to care for veterans. Awarded to Document Storage Systems on April 14, the contract supports the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, which requires VA…

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Soldier returns home 67 years after missing in action

Posted May 17, 2017 by David Vergun

Army photograph by Bill Dean Cpl. Jules Hauterman Jr., a Korean War veteran, killed in action Dec. 2, 1950, is carried to his final resting place in Holyoke, Mass., March 31, 2017. Bobby Whelihan was only 10 years old when he watched his cousin, Jules Hauterman Jr., depart for the train station in Holyoke, Mass….

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Korean War POW earns Medal of Honor for saving his unit

Posted May 15, 2017 by Katie Lange

Army photograph President Dwight D. Eisenhower congratulates Korean War veteran Army Staff Sgt. Hiroshi Miyamura after presenting him the Medal of Honor. His award was kept secret for his safety until after his repatriation in August 1953. Only five Korean War vets who earned the Medal of Honor are still alive. One of them happens…

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Looking back, flying forward

Posted May 12, 2017 by Senior Airman Solomon Cook

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Solomon Cook Eugene Downey, a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran smiles while watching the 2017 Gulf Coast Salute on the Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., flightline April 23, 2017. Downey enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and received the rank of ensign in 1951, enabling him to become a…

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National Native American Veterans Memorial to be erected in D.C.

Posted May 12, 2017 by David Vergun

A memorial to Native American veterans will be erected on the outside grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian at the Mall.

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VA adopts American Cancer Society mammogram screening guidelines

Posted May 10, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced May 9 it is adopting American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average risk…

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Former Vietnam POW speaks to Team Kirtland about courage, commitment

Posted May 10, 2017 by Airman Alexandria Crawford

Air Force photograph Retired colonel and former Vietnam prisoner of war Lee Ellis speaks at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., members May 2-3, 2017, at the Base Theater. Ellis spoke about the importance of character, courage, commitment in leaders. Character, courage, and commitment were three key teaching points of the presentations given to members of…

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Leo Thorsness, decorated POW in Vietnam with McCain, dies

Posted May 8, 2017 by AP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Retired Air Force Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a highly decorated Vietnam War pilot who was shot down and held for six years at the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner camp, where he shared a cell with U.S. Sen. John McCain, has died. He was 85. The Medal of Honor recipient, who…

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TRICARE changes to Nexium coverage

Posted May 8, 2017 by

Starting June 28, 2017, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy. Nexium is a brand name prescription drug often…

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Dunford helps ‘Chosin Few’ dedicate monument to Korean War Battle

Posted May 5, 2017 by Jim Garamone

It’s a measure of the men who are the “Chosin Few” that they all stood when the Marine Corps color guard trooped in with the American flag.

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