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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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Retirees seeking foreign government employment need pre-approval

Posted November 18, 2016 by Tammy Cournoyer

Military retirees seeking any civil employment with a foreign government agency — or any instrumentality of a foreign government agency — must apply for permission in advance or risk losing their military retirement pay. For retired Airmen, the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of State serve as approval authorities for requests, though the…

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Pearl Harbor vet honored on 99th birthday

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Stephen Delgado

There are days and events in history that are etched in people’s minds forever. One of those days is Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and a day that President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed in a speech before a joint session of Congress would live in infamy. Although most people in the…

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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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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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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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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 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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Prescription tracker gives vets online access to status

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of…

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Tucson VA partners with Pima County One Stop

Posted May 19, 2017 by Luke D. Johnson

VA photograph Vocational development specialists from the Tucson VA provide Veterans the personalized support and counseling they need, which guides them to meaningful long-term employment. Veterans who are enrolled in the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System’s Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program that are seeking employment now have additional support…

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