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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 7, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on…

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VA deployment of paperless claims processing system underway

Posted January 18, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless processing of Veterans’ disability claims at its regional benefits processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – a lasting solution that will transform how…

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162nd Memorial – Keeping the legacy of friends and co-workers alive

Posted January 18, 2013 by Retirees Office

Courtesy Photo The 162d Fighter Wing memorial as it is today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve) In 1988, Master Sgt. John Salazar, a former aircraft crew chief now retired, realized there were retired and current members who had passed on, but there was no place on base where current unit members could honor…

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Special hiring program helps AF wounded warriors

Posted January 10, 2013 by Tammy Cournoyer

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force’s Wounded Warrior Civil Service Employment Program assists combat-related ill and injured Airmen secure Air Force civil service jobs, and since the program’s inception in 2006 nearly 120 wounded warriors have joined the Air Force’s civilian work force. This employment program assists wounded warriors with a…

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VA to cut red tape for veterans and survivors

Posted January 10, 2013 by Staff

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus…

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Airmen participate in Veteran’s Day Parade

Posted November 21, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Airmen from D-M participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade, hosted by The American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7, Nov. 12.

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Retired, separated wounded warriors can still pursue CCAF degree

Posted September 27, 2012 by Tammy Cournoyer

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force combat-related wounded warriors wishing to continue their Community College of the Air Force education can now do so after separating or retiring thanks to provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislative change supports the Secretary of the Air Force’s priority to ensure combat-related wounded…

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Dempsey: Public trust requires apolitical military

Posted September 20, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wants service members and veterans to consider what using the uniform for partisan politics does to the trust Americans have in their military. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey has maintained throughout his 38-year career that the American military, as a whole, must remain apolitical — meaning being…

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Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates start of fourth year

Posted August 16, 2012 by

WASHINGTON – August marks the third anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and since it was implemented Aug. 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided educational benefits to 773,000 Veterans and their family members. “This is one of the most important programs helping our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans reach their educational goals,” said…

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VA improves online access to benefits information

Posted July 19, 2012 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON– Nearly 1.7 million veterans and service members have registered for the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense web portal, eBenefits, which provides online information and access to a wide variety of military and veteran benefits resources. A VA news release issued today says about 1.67 million users have signed up, and notes the strong…

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