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VA grants will expand transportation in highly rural areas

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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

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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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Experts recover military personnel records 40 years after fire

Posted July 12, 2013 by Donna Miles

Photograph courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration A devastating July 12, 1973, fire at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis, shown in this file photo, destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records. Today, a special team at the center continues working to piece together the remnants, sometimes literally,…

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VA announces $300 million in grants to help veteran homeless

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced July 11 the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. “With these…

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Defense Department to review POW/MIA command operations

Posted July 10, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department has a sacred obligation to recover missing service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters July 9 at a news conference. An internal review conducted by the office charged with that mission – the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command – has raised concerns within DOD, Little said….

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Remains of missing Vietnam soldiers laid to rest in Arlington

Posted July 10, 2013 by Julia Henning

Remains of three soldiers who had been aboard a UH-1H “Huey” Iroquois that crashed June 30, 1970, in Vietnam, were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, July 2, 2013. During a funeral at the cemetery, a single casket was interred. That casket contained remains of 1st Lt. Richard Dyer, Sgt. 1st Class Juan Colon-Diaz,…

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Governor’s budget provides continued support for California’s veterans

Posted July 2, 2013 by

Long-pending benefits claims submitted by California veterans and caught in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs processing ìlog jamî could soon see the light of day. The newly signed Governor’s Budget has authorized $3 million and 36 limited-term positions that will allow the California Department of Veterans Affairs to work with USDVA to help alleviate…

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VA processes nearly all disability claims pending more than two years

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Over 2 Years, Moves to Complete Those Older Than 1 Year The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over…

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Labor Department awards $29 million in grants to help veterans

Posted June 28, 2013 by

More than 14,000 veterans across the nation will benefit from job training, job placement, housing help and other services, thanks to 121 grants totaling almost $29 million announced June 27 by officials of the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. The grants were awarded through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, the only federal program…

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