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162nd Memorial – Keeping the legacy of friends and co-workers alive

Posted January 18, 2013 by Retirees Office

Courtesy Photo The 162d Fighter Wing memorial as it is today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve) In 1988, Master Sgt. John Salazar, a former aircraft crew chief now retired, realized there were retired and current members who had passed on, but there was no place on base where current unit members could honor…

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VA provides guidance to same-sex married couples seeking benefits

Posted June 26, 2014 by

WASHINGTON — After close consultation with the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing guidance to same-sex married couples on the benefits and services to which they are entitled under current laws and regulations. “VA worked closely with DOJ to develop guidance to process cases involving same-sex marriages and to…

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Memorial Day: Remember our veterans

Posted May 24, 2013 by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago on May 9, 1865, marking the beginning to a new era. However, many lives were lost during the more than four-year war; and, as a result, the Grand Army of the Republic established what was then called “Decoration Day” three years later on May 5, 1868….

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Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program debuts at D-M

Posted June 14, 2012 by

Service to the Armed Forces, an American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter program that provides support to military members, veterans and their families, opened a new satellite office on Davis-Monthan, June 13. In Southern Arizona, the SAF program offers essential human services to about 17,000 active duty personnel and members of all branches of the…

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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 deployment of paperless claims processing system underway

Posted January 18, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – a lasting solution that will transform how…

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New technology quickens veterans’ disability claims

Posted June 27, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – A new online application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment, and VA is urging Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives to make full use of its capabilities to receive speedier decisions and reduce the backlog of…

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VA announces effort to hire mental health professionals

Posted June 14, 2012 by Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed an aggressive national mental health hiring initiative to improve recruitment and hiring, marketing, education and training programs, and retention efforts for mental health professionals. To speed the national hiring process, VA developed the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a multi-faceted, sustained National marketing and outreach campaign that includes…

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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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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 7, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on…

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