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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

Posted June 25, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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(U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
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Veterans visit D.C. monuments, memorials through Honor Flight Network

Posted June 4, 2015 by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Whether standing at the Air Force memorial or silently observing the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, a program gives military veterans the chance to see monuments and landmarks in the Washington metropolitan area. The Honor Flight Network flies veterans here to visit memorials that honor their service to the…

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VA begins Summer of Service to bolster volunteer assistance

Posted May 28, 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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New VA website encourages Veterans to tell their stories of hope

Posted May 14, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To commemorate the month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging Veterans, along with their families and friends, to visit and view recovery journey stories on the website, MakeTheConnection.net. Make the Connection is a national awareness program operated by VA aimed at reducing the negative perceptions and stigma associated…

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VA will now determine eligibility using driving distance

Posted May 7, 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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VA eliminates net worth as health care eligibility factor

Posted March 19, 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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VA encourages eligible Vets to apply for Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

Posted March 12, 2015 by

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications from Veterans interested in participating in the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic will be held Sept.13-18 at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, California. The annual event is expected to attract Veterans from…

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson)
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WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Posted March 5, 2015 by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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Care and benefits for vets strengthened by $169 billion VA budget

Posted February 19, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – The President has proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans. “VA has…

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