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VA disability claims backlog drops by 44 percent

Posted April 18, 2014 by Department of Veterans Affairs

One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims, a reduction of more than 267,000, while at the same time improving the accuracy of the decisions being made on veterans’…

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Consumer help a click away for veterans

Posted January 17, 2014 by AnhTuan Dang

Have you ever been stuck and frustrated with a consumer issue and could not find a solution to your issue? The Department of Consumer Affairs recently created a Los Angeles-based division to provide services to military members throughout California. Help from consumer protection experts is now just a click away! “Servicemembers and their dependents are…

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Tax-free pensions available for Veterans, spouses, surviving spouses

Posted January 17, 2014 by

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a little known tax free pension available to help qualified veterans, spouses and their surviving spouses pay for home health care, assisted living or nursing home care. This non-service connected pension was established in 1952 under Title 38 U.S.C. and has two components, Aid and Attendance and House-bound…

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Honoring veterans in the southland

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Len Tavernetti, Service Officer, Military Order of the Purple Hearts Chapter 2929, and Senior Master Sgt. Josephine Carrillo, 452nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, receive a Purple Heart proclamation from the City of Moreno Valley at a Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2013, at the city’s Memorial Circle. Tavernetti and Carrillo are both life members of Chapter…

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Base joins fight against Vet homelessness

Posted October 18, 2013 by Tracy Ellingsen

For service members transitioning from the military back to civilian life, readjusting can be a daunting task. Finding somewhere to live, somewhere to work, and civilian healthcare is a new experience for those who are used to the military providing these services. Unfortunately, every year there are veterans who do not fully reintegrate and end…

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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. As a result, three years later, on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established what was then called “Decoration Day.” It…

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Retired ‘crew dogs’ keep Norton’s legacy alive

Posted April 19, 2013 by Scott Johnston

Photo/Scott Johnston The flight suit of the first female aircraft commander, Lt. Col. Kathy La Sauce, adorns a mannequin at the new Norton Air Force Base Museum. SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Thanks to a group of retired Air Force C-141 “crew dogs,” the legacy of Norton Air Force Base, lives on. Members of the 63rd and…

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Guard/Reserve veteran unemployment rate decreases

Posted March 25, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A senior Pentagon official said there’s been progress in reducing the unemployment rate for Guard and Reserve veterans, but also told a House panel that more work needs to be done. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity yesterday, Ronald G. Young, the family and employer programs and policy director…

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GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for all Airmen

Posted January 18, 2013 by by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2-, or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012 and all active-duty Airmen now incur a 4-year ADSC, said Bruce Houseman, Air Force…

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Employment Website teams with Joining Forces

Posted December 21, 2012 by Department of Commerce News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Employment website Monster.com is collaborating with the White House’s Joining Forces campaign and will contribute to the initiative’s goal of hiring or training an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Acting Commerce Department Secretary Rebecca M. Blank announced this new venture at the National Veteran Employment Summit…

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