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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted October 14, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 – when the AF354 will be rescinded – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a…

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Pearl Harbor survivor honored during ash scattering at USS Utah Memorial

Posted December 24, 2013 by PO2 Tiarra Fulgham

The ashes of Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Benzion “Barney” Packman, Pearl Harbor survivor, along with ashes of his wife Florence, were scattered in the waters near the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during a ceremony, Dec. 20. Among those in attendance were Barney and Florence’s daughter, Marissa Batt, and…

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Gary Sinise delivers check for OATH

Posted April 30, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Actor/musician Gary Sinise donates $60,000 to Lancaster High School OATH (Operation All The Way Home), a nonprofit student-led organization that raised more than $182,000 in less than one year to build wounded warrior Army Spec. Jerral Hancock a new home. History teacher Jamie Goodreau invited Hancock to speak to her…

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Obama signs act to give VA new money, authorities

Posted August 8, 2014 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama today signed into law the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

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Edwards hosts retiree appreciation day

Posted April 13, 2012 by

The Retiree Activities Office at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is hosting a Retiree Appreciation Day 8 a.m.-noon, May 5. The event, at the Oasis Community Center on base, is open to all military retirees regardless of service branch. The event will include guest speakers, retiree program updates, booth displays, lunch, tours, door prizes, limited…

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Neurotrauma, Psychological Health office partners with VA to study PTSD treatments

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Carey Phillips

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common anxiety disorder that can stem from any traumatic event experienced by an individual. While there are medications currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat it, they are not sufficiently effective in treating combat-related post-traumatic stress commonly seen in service members and veterans. The U.S. Army…

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California sues major veterans charity

Posted August 13, 2012 by by Julie Watson

California’s attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members. Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester ranks among the nation’s top 1 percent of charities for the amount…

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DOD official praises vet employment program

Posted October 15, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

A senior defense official took part Oct. 15 in the announcement in New York of a new hiring program that aims to train and place 100,000 veterans in advanced manufacturing and related jobs by 2015. John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care and transition policy, joined officials from General Electric, Alcoa,…

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Veteran turned advocate seeks claims change

Posted November 28, 2012 by Lawrence Messina

David Huffman has helped thousands of military veterans seeking disability benefits navigate the complex, often slow and at times frustrating claims process. The Wood County lawyer can relate: he was a 19-year-old Marine in Vietnam when a booby trap blinded him. As if getting through college and law school without sight weren’t challenges enough, Huffman…

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Lawmakers fault plan for veterans’ health records

Posted February 8, 2013 by Kevin Freking

Congressional leaders overseeing veterans’ issues criticized Feb. 6 a decision by the Obama administration to move away from building a new computer system for storing the health records of troops and veterans. The Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to merge their health records so that doctors can track a patient’s health history…

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