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VA improves online access to benefits information

Posted July 18, 2012 by

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 July 18 says about 1.67 million users have signed up, and notes the strong…

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Air Force photograph by TSgt. Bennie J. Davis III
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Doolittle raiders honored at ceremony marking 70th anniversary of historic mission

Posted April 23, 2012 by by TSgt. Matthew Bates

The five remaining members of the famous Jimmy Doolittle Tokyo Raid were honored in a banquet at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio, April 19. Four of the raiders were in...

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U.S., India to resume search for missing in action

Posted June 5, 2012 by

The Department of Defense has announced that the the United States and India have agreed to resume remains recovery activities in parts of Northeastern India. The Department assesses that there are approximately 400 unaccounted-for service members from some 90 aircraft crashes in the area during World War II. “This is a critical step toward bringing…

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DOD to mark 59th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

Posted July 9, 2012 by

The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee has announced its efforts to reach out to Korean War Veterans and their families across the country and encourage them to join a commemorative program celebrating the 59th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice. The program, titled Heroes Remembered, is…

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Pfc. Brent Benbow of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), kneels to photograph the front and rear of a tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 15, 2011. Benbow was part of a task force that documented every tombstone, grave marker and cremation site in the cemetery for an electronic database.
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IG testifies to Congress: Arlington Cemetery making progress

Posted February 7, 2012 by by David Vergun

Within the last two years, Arlington National Cemetery has seen much progress in correcting gravesite deficiencies, increasing customer service, and instituting effective computer record keeping, said the Army’s inspector general.

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Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez
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Events

Rolling Thunder gathers for 25th ride at Pentagon

Posted May 30, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

"The guy in the cage over there kind of put a knot in my stomach," said Vietnam veteran Ron Lambert. On a grassy hill overlooking the north...

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President Barack Obama, flanked by firefighters, national park employees and police men and women, talks about his new Veteran Job Corps initiative to replenish the nation's first responders at Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Va., Feb 3, 2012. Obama chose Fire Station #5 because its firefighters were among the first responders to first arrive at the Pentagon on following the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Obama announces program to hire vets as first responders

Posted February 7, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

President Barack Obama Feb. 3 continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative to hire them as the country’s first responders. “In my State of the Union address, I proposed a new initiative called the Veterans Jobs Corps to put veterans back to work…

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DOD, VA partnership key in treating brain trauma

Posted March 21, 2012 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said March 19 during a roundtable discussion on new advances in the field. Kathy Helmick, deputy director for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, at the Defense Centers of Excellence, emphasized the importance of…

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Federal court reverses order for VA system overhaul

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Paul Elias

A federal appeals court reversed its demand that the Veterans Affairs Department dramatically overhaul its mental health care system. A special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said May 7 that any such overhaul needs to be ordered by Congress or the president. The 10-1 ruling reversed an earlier decision by…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted June 14, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced June 14 that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington…

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