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‘Red Tail’ member visits the Pentagon

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Air Force hosted one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and his family March 16 during a tour of the Pentagon. Retired Lt. Col. Walter McCreary, his daughter Stephanie Lynch and grandson Nicholas Lynch were given a tour of the Air Force Art Gallery, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Tuskegee…

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Lawmakers question VA’s plans to hire more staff

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Kevin Freking

Members of Congress expressed doubts May 8 on plans by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care. Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over veterans’ issues, said the VA’s plans to beef up staffing looked like a knee-jerk reaction to a…

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New veterans set record for war-disability claims

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Marilynn Marchione

America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are…

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Airman missing in action from World War II identified

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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced June 25 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Emil T. Wasilewski of Chicago will be buried June 26 at Arlington National…

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Korean War fighter jet pilot recalls missions

Posted July 26, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

He flew fighter planes his entire career, and as a wingman during the Korean War in 1952 and 1953, he flew 100 missions and extended his tour to perform 25 more. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. William Earl Brown Jr. spent 34 years in the military, but his experiences as a young pilot in the…

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Wounded warriors discuss transitions to new lives

Posted September 17, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

Caregivers, National Guard and Reserve support and sports for the wounded are the top Defense Department priorities for wounded warriors and their families, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care said Sept. 13. John R. Campbell made the comments after listening to wounded warrior panelists discuss their experiences with recovery at the annual…

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Lancaster Cemetery to host Veterans Day ceremony

Posted November 7, 2012 by

The historic Lancaster Cemetery located in the heart of the City of Lancaster, Calif., will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m., Nov. 12, at the Veterans Court of Honor. As always, they ceremony will honor veterans from all wars and conflicts, but this community program will focus on the dedication of the newly…

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California Conservation Corps looking for vets

Posted January 18, 2013 by

The California Conservation Corps is inviting veterans aged 18-28 to apply for an exciting opportunity that combines hands-on work experience and skills training in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Successful candidates will be enrolled in the CCC Veterans Program full-time and receive USFS training in wild land firefighting, chainsaw, tool use, safety and crew…

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Schwarzkopf laid to rest at West Point with honor, fond memories

Posted March 6, 2013 by Mike Strasser

Twenty-two years to the day when Operation Desert Storm ended, the general who commanded the coalition force ground offensive was laid to rest at West Point, N.Y. A memorial service for retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a U.S. Military Academy Class of 1956 graduate, was held at the Cadet Chapel here, Feb. 28, with family,…

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VA requiring employees to work overtime

Posted May 17, 2013 by Kevin Freking

More than 10,000 workers who handle disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs will be required to work at least 20 hours of overtime each month in an effort reduce a sizable backlog, the department announced May 15. The overtime requirement will last through September and comes as many federal workers face furloughs because…

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