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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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WW II vet grateful for life of blessings

Posted November 3, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

We hear the term ‘larger-than-life’ often, which can mean someone who led a life of adventure and was never afraid to try something new. Flay Randolph is such a person. He served in the Navy in World War II and joined at age 16. “My dad was reluctant to sign the enlistment papers because I…

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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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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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Vietnam vet continues 50-year journey of discovery

Posted November 3, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

The summer of 1967 can be remembered as a time of profound change. Many cities in America were aflame, the airwaves were full of music that a few years earlier wasn’t thought of, and the Vietnam War was raging a world away. In a small town that summer ­— Blanchard, Washington — 18-year-old Jerry Prentice…

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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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Applications now open for 2017 Raytheon No Barriers expedition for wounded veterans May

Posted March 29, 2017 by

Wounded veterans in Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico and Texas can now apply for the 2017 No Barriers Warriors Veteran Wilderness Expedition funded by Raytheon. In mid-August, the non-profit No Barriers Warriors organization will lead a team of 12 wounded veterans on a nine-day journey full of discoveries and challenges in Wyoming’s Wind River Wilderness…

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VA will now determine eligibility using driving distance

Posted May 8, 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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Veteran generations: ‘Where are the last of the Doughboys?’

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Dennis Anderson

We are coming up on a round of centennials, and these won’t be as easy to track as many of the anniversary dates that have been arranged around significant World War II historic events. In 2014, a great paratrooper buddy, Henry Ochsner, traveled from his California City home to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of…

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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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