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WW II Veteran returns to D-M’s Chapel after nearly 70 Years

Posted October 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

A World War II B-29 Superfortress Army pilot visited the base chapel Oct. 1. Thomas Fabian and his wife, Isabel Fabian, returned to D-M for the first time since 1945 to visit the chapel they were married in 68 year ago. Chaplain Raymond Boyer greeted the Fabians and gave them a tour of the chapel…

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Until They All Come Home: POWs remember their captivity

Posted October 3, 2013 by Caitlin Kenney

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev – The Warsaw Uprising. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The Chinese Spring Offensive. These were some of the battles that veterans who attended the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day here fought and lived to pass on their story. The base held a ceremony at Freedom Park to remember and…

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Airman logs many miles since retirement

Posted September 6, 2013 by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs

Many military members get to travel the world, but one retired Airman estimates he’s traveled at least 100,000 miles ... on foot.

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99-year old female vet receives VA benefits

Posted September 3, 2013 by

Courtesy Photo Dr. Perez-Padilla, Chief of the Primary Care Line at SAVAHCS, and Sophie B. Yazzie On August 17, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System hosted a Health Fair focused on female military members and veterans, and according to Pepe Mendoza, PA official for SAVAHCS, the most extraordinary thing happened. Sophie B. Yazzie, 99-years…

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VA grants up one year of retroactive benefits

Posted August 8, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits. The retroactive benefits, which are in effect Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. 5, 2015, are a result of a comprehensive legislative package…

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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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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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DM Airmen ruck for vets

Posted May 16, 2013 by Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Members of the D-M community participated in the annual Rucking for Vets event at the Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail, Arizona, May 11. Rucking for Vets is a grass roots effort led by local D-M Airmen. The goal is to raise money in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The event consisted of over…

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First Lady announces certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted May 2, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFPS) – First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military. Obama, who made the announcement at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing at the White House, said a…

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VA expedites decisions for long-standing claims

Posted April 26, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Veterans Affairs Department is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer, VA officials announced today. Effective today, VA claims raters will make provisional decisions on the oldest claims on hand, officials said, which will allow veterans to begin collecting compensation benefits more quickly, if eligible. Veterans will…

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