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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted October 9, 2013 by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are negative,”…

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AFSA celebrates 66th Air Force birthday at Lancaster vet home

Posted September 27, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

Members of the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1328 hosted a barbecue lunch at the Lancaster Veterans Home of California Sept. 18, in honor of the 66th U.S. Air Force birthday. AFSA provided burgers, hotdogs and a birthday cake.

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Team Edwards honors POW/MIA

Posted September 27, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Tech. Sgt. Donald Martinez, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, runs with the POW/MIA flag to show his support. The flag was passed between members of his unit throughout the run. Team Edwards hosted a series of events in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Friday, Sept 20. The first was…

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Leaders honor missing, captured service members, families

Posted September 23, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The Defense Department will never stop working to bring captured and missing service members home, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged at a Pentagon ceremony Sept. 20.

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VA announces award of patient-centered community care contracts

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 that Veterans will have greater access to quality health care through a new initiative: Patient-Centered Community Care. PCCC is an innovative solution that helps VA medical centers continue to provide quality care efficiently, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. This will be a valuable option…

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Missing airmen from Vietnam War identified

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Department of Defense officials with the POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced Sept. 19 that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors Sept. 23…

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Airmen missing from World War II accounted for

Posted September 13, 2013 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 12 that two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort,…

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Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

Posted September 6, 2013 by Pete Yost

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite…

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VA focuses national attention on Suicide Prevention Month 2013

Posted September 6, 2013 by

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is mobilizing people and organizations nationwide to support Veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services. Throughout the month, VA suicide prevention coordinators at all 151 VA medical centers will organize community events, host health fairs, lead training…

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Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

Posted August 31, 2013 by AP

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Aug 29 that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said that a federal code defining a spouse as a person of…

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