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Agencies work to bolster vet, family education Outcomes

Posted July 24, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told lawmakers July 23. Curtis L. Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity for VAís Veterans Benefits Administration, testified with several other witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security…

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VA health care facilities named to 2013 ‘most wired’ hospitals list

Posted July 22, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association, is the result of a national survey aimed at…

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Hagel calls on vets to partner in reshaping military

Posted July 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks to attendees at the Veterans of Foreign War national convention held at the Louisville International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2013. Opening his address July 22 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention with a tribute to Korean War veterans, Defense…

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VA has converted more than 30 percent of disability claims into digital files

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached another milestone in its disability claims transformation process ñ more othan 30 percent of the current disability claims inventory is now digital and accessible to claim raters in VAís electronic claims processing system, which has now been fielded ahead of schedule at all 56 Regional Offices across the…

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Sailor missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael B. Judd of Cleveland, Ohio, was buried July 15, in Arlington National…

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Soldier missing from Korean War identified

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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Penn., was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery. In…

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Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health concerns

Posted July 17, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and Army medicine moves into the future, behavioral health concerns will remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the Army, said Surgeon General…

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VA grants will expand transportation in highly rural areas

Posted July 15, 2013 by

Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas. The VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans…

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Senate passes Vietnam Veterans Donor Recognition Act of 2013

Posted July 15, 2013 by

The U.S. Senate July 10 passed H.R. 588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013.

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Korean War veteran tells story of littlest survivors

Posted July 12, 2013 by Walter T. Ham IV

The Korean War veteran who established the Korean War Children’s Memorial in Washington state will return to South Korea this July. Invited to Korea by Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo, George F. Drake, Ph.D., will return with other Korean War veterans for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. While serving as a…

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