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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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Chief serves beyond active-duty

Posted December 11, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community. “As I was parking at the Veteran’s Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van,” Burden said. “He was an amputee…

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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 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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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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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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