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VA expands disability benefits for AF personnel exposed to contaminated aircraft

Posted June 19, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs June 18 published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part…

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Soldier missing from World War II accounted for

Posted June 19, 2015 by

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Feb. 16 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.  U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, was buried June 18, in…

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VA campaign encourages public to help raise PTSD awareness

Posted June 15, 2015 by

As the country recognizes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, the VA National Center for PTSD is inviting the public to participate in its “PTSD Awareness: June 2015” campaign, which began June 1. This year’s goal is to help more veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are…

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U.S. paratroopers, WWII veterans pay homage to D-Day 71st anniversary

Posted June 10, 2015 by SSgt. Opal Vaughn

It has been nicknamed the "longest day" and has had more movies played on the silver screen than most. But no matter how many times the stories are told, they never get old and will never be forgotten.

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VA launches community-based employment service for homeless veterans

Posted June 10, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 10 a new employment program aimed at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment. The new program, Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services, relies on Community Employment Coordinators who know their communities and can work with local employers to…

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Arlington denies burial of guardsman killed in chopper crash

Posted June 5, 2015 by Bill Fuller

Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico can’t be buried at the hallowed grounds because he was killed during a training exercise. The burial plots are only for service members who die on active duty and space is limited, the cemetery says….

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President honors two WWI soldiers with Medal of Honor

Posted June 3, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama honored two World War I Soldiers with Medals of Honor, June 2, saying it was long overdue and the nation will work as long as it takes to make sure "all the heroes' stories are told."

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Lockhed wins new U.K. Chinook simulators, training system deal

Posted June 3, 2015 by timchisham

The UK Ministry of Defence is investing £51 million in a new synthetic training system developed by Lockheed Martin for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Mk6 helicopter. Lockheed Martin will design and build a purpose built training facility at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook fleet, that will prepare pilots and crew…

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POW/MIA agency leverages diplomacy in remains recovery

Posted June 1, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

An American pilot begins a mission in Italy on Christmas Eve during World War II and never returns. A U.S. Marine goes missing during the Korean War, and more than half a century later, the daughter he last saw when she was 18 months old still longs to have known him. In a yellowing letter,…

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Missing World War II Soldier accounted for

Posted May 22, 2015 by

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that the remains of a missing World War II U.S. serviceman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a DOD news release. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe of Elk Creek, Neb., will…

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