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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

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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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VA launches hotline for health care, women veteran questions 

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The service began accepting calls March 27. “Some women veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services…

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Giving back to those who served

Posted April 5, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Courtesy Photo U.S. Air Force retired WWII veteran Mr. Thomas Perrow and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron pose for a photo while being welcomed home at the Tucson International Airport March 28. Both Perrow and Ervan participated in Honor Flight Southern Arizona where they toured national monuments of wars…

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D-M honors Vietnam vet

Posted February 28, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Many Vietnam veterans did not come home to open, welcoming arms. Many people did not honor these veterans for their service, but members of the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron on D-M got to honor one Vietnam veteran on Feb. 19. In 1969, as a field maintenance squadron personnel, Stanley Clark was deployed to Vietnam, where…

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Wing leadership visits local veterans

Posted February 21, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

The National Salute to Veteran’s Patient Program was held Feb. 10-16 this year. Several dignitaries including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base wing leadership visited The Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Feb. 12, giving thanks and respect to those who served in the United States military. The National Salute to Veteran’s is held during the week of Valentine’s…

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African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted February 14, 2013 by Dr. Robert Kane

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the fighting began in 1775, the British offered to free any…

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