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Art therapy provides lifeline for wounded warriors

Posted November 13, 2015 by By Terri Moon CronkDoD News

WASHINGTON — Service members who take part in art therapy to soothe the symptoms of war’s invisible wounds display acts of courage and resilience to put them in control of their lives, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today. Speaking at the 2015 Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Recognition “Show of Strength” event at…

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Alisa Deuermeyer, a volunteer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., laughs as U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, additional duty first sergeant assigned to the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, performs a card trick at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 21, 2015.
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Face of Defense: ‘Magic’ NCO Reaches Airmen, Veterans

Posted November 25, 2015 by Senior Airman Aubrey White

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — From a distance, Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, the first sergeant for the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, looks like any other senior noncommissioned officer; his uniform is in order, military-issued silver glasses frame his eyes, his hair trimmed with precision. But what makes Fridinger unique is what…

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A widow’s story: Living by faith

Posted December 7, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — Just before sunset on Veterans Day, she sat next to her husband’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, reminding her three children how their father was with God in heaven and what it means to have faith. Faith has kept Heather Gray moving forward. It’s what has gotten her…

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VA begins Summer of Service to bolster volunteer assistance

Posted May 29, 2015 by

WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities. The Department is renewing its commitment to Veterans and embarking upon a “Summer of Service” that seeks the help of citizens across…

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VA waives resident-rate requirements, makes GI Bill benefits more accessible

Posted May 21, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – In order to make it easier for Veterans and their families to receive their GI Bill benefits where they choose, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has used his authority to waive the provisions of Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act). This action will ensure all…

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VA will now determine eligibility using driving distance

Posted May 8, 2015 by

WASHINGTON  – In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change…

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Have you met your VA benefits advisor?

Posted December 18, 2015 by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — As 2015 comes to a close, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is reflecting on the impact that VA benefits advisors have made in the lives of transitioning service members, veterans, and their family members. As part of the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, more than 300 VA benefits advisors are…

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VA announces new rules regarding service animals in VA facilities

Posted September 3, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing…

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VA eliminates net worth as health care eligibility factor

Posted March 20, 2015 by

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve. Effective 2015, VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs…

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Raytheon offers tips on making the most of a military resume

Posted September 3, 2015 by Raytheon Public Affairs

For veterans, finding a civilian job can be the hardest part of leaving the military. But many skills that veterans learn in the service carry over well to the civilian job market. Raytheon employs more than 10,000 veterans, and Raytheon.com asked a few of them for advice on making military experience stand out on a…

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