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DAV shares message of support with veterans, showcase B-25 flyby

Posted April 10, 2014 by

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will reach out to veterans and their families sharing its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation’s combat-wounded men and women at Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona air show. In the company of the iconic World War II era B-25 Mitchell Bomber, the DAV Flight Team will appear…

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Social Security launches expedited veteran disability process

Posted March 20, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way…

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VA announces rollout of secure veteran health ID cards

Posted March 7, 2014 by

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification…

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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 13, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image…

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VA launches online tool to calculate GI Bill benefits

Posted February 6, 2014 by

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department today launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking…

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Service members are assisted with transition

Posted January 9, 2014 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

So you’re getting out of the military and you’re trying to figure what’s next for your life. The initial thought that comes to most people’s mind is, “What am I going to do first?” The conversion from military to civilian life can be stressful but the military has a variety of ways to help through…

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted December 12, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VA’s national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will…

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VA: New rates for compensation and pension benefits in 2014

Posted December 12, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Lunch with a veteran

Posted November 21, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

Fifteen Airmen sat with veterans for a luncheon hosted by Atria Bell Court Gardens Retirement Community in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 13. Joan Smith, the community’s engaged life director, connected with D-M to make the event happen. “I contacted [355th Public Affairs office] about getting volunteers from the base,” Smith said. “When she told me how…

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D-M Airman takes a trip with Honor Flight

Posted October 31, 2013 by Airman 1st Class B. Chevalier

An Airman was sponsored to escort a World War II veteran on Honor Flight, Oct. 6-8, 2013. Staff Sgt. David Wilcken, 612th Air and Space Operations Center air tasking order production technician, was the guardian for Robert Yeschek, a World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, who traveled to Washington D.C. with 76…

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