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VA announces rollout of secure veteran health ID cards

Posted March 7, 2014 by

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed into a Veterans Health Identification…

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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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Care and benefits for vets strengthened by $169 billion VA budget

Posted February 19, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – The President has proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans. “VA has…

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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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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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Social Security launches expedited veteran disability process

Posted March 20, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way…

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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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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson)
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WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Posted March 5, 2015 by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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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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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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