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VA announces big expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’

Posted August 31, 2013 by Karen Parrish

As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced Aug. 29 that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program. Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told reporters during a…

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Army launches 50th anniversary commemoration of Vietnam War

Posted August 31, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Army photograph by J.D. Leipold Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell praises nine Vietnam War veterans for their service, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Pentagon’s kick-off of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, which spanned from 1965 to 1975.   The afternoon in the Pentagon auditorium on Aug. 28 was…

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted August 16, 2013 by Ellen Crown

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Marine missing from Korean War identified

Posted August 12, 2013 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Aug. 9 that the remains of a service member, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Corps Pfc. Jonathan R. Posey Jr., 20, of Dallas, will be buried Aug. 12 in Arlington…

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DOD, VA establish two multi-institutional consortia to research PTSD, TBI

Posted August 12, 2013 by

In response to President Obama’s Executive Order, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs highlighted Aug. 10 the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury over a five-year period. “VA is proud to join…

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Obama: Veterans programs making progress

Posted August 12, 2013 by Jim Garamone

In a speech to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention Aug. 10 in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama described the progress made by programs designed to give veterans the support they need. Following an introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama – who has made support to veterans her signature issue – the president said Americans…

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VA reaches out to veterans about the health care law

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable…

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NASDVA joins fully developed claims community of practice Effort

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs Aug. 8 welcomed the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs to the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice, which was established in May to speed the processing of Veteransí disability compensation claims by promoting the early submission of all available evidence needed by VA to reach a disability…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 7, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Emerald Coast pays tribute to Air Force legend

Posted August 5, 2013 by A1C Christopher Callaway

Nearly 1,000 service members, veterans and citizens from across the nation paid their respects to the life and legacy of a retired Air Force colonel during a funeral service Aug. 1 on Okaloosa Island, Fla.

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