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Tucson VA calendar

Posted May 19, 2017 by Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

May 22 Intro to Qi-Gong — Health Education, Bldg. 30, Room 224, 8-8:45 a.m. Qi Gong for Experienced People — Health Education, Bldg. 2, Room N179, 9-10 a.m. Arthritis School — Health Education, Bldg. 60, Room NE102, 1-2 p.m. Drop In Smoking Cessation at the Tucson VA Medical Center — Health Education, Bldg. 90, Room 1103, 2-3 p.m. May 23 Chair Yoga — Health Education,…

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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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Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient brought home to Phoenix

Posted January 27, 2017 by

Pilar Jimenez releases a dove in honor of her younger brother, 1969 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jose Francisco Jimenez, during the internment of Jimenez in Phoenix on Jan 17, 2017. Jimenez, originally a native of Mexico, moved with his family to Red Rock, Ariz. when he was 10 years…

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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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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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Tucson VA hosts seventh annual Homeless Veterans’ Summit

Posted May 19, 2017 by

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System [Tucson, Ariz.,] homeless Veteran outreach program will be hosting its Seventh Annual Homeless Veterans’ summit in the R.E. Lindley Auditorium, Bldg. 4 at the main Tucson VA campus 9:30-11 a.m., May 22. The VA is committed to ending veteran homelessness. No one who has served our country should…

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Col. David Edward Rickert passes

Posted October 6, 2017 by

Retired Col. David Edward Rickert, 74, passed away Sept. 15 in Tucson. A passionate warrior, artist, writer, poet, husband and father, Dave died Sept. 15 in Tucson. Dave was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Elder High School. He went on to Bowling Green State University, where he served in the ROTC…

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Luke veteran survives three wars, plane crash

Posted November 9, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy would use to transport supplies so I figured I might…

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SAVAHCS hosts POW/MIA recognition ceremony

Posted September 23, 2016 by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers

The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System held a remembrance ceremony at their main campus in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 16.

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