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Air Force changes military funeral honors requirements

Posted June 7, 2013 by Capt. Lindsey Hahn

Due to the impact sequestration has on resources, Air Force Services is adjusting requirements for military funeral honors of retirees. Air Force policy will revert to requiring a minimum of two personnel for retiree MFH details, consistent with statute and DOD policy. The Air Force historically went a step further by providing a seven-member detail…

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Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP Keating

Posted July 29, 2013 by Gary Sheftick

  President Barack Obama announced July 26 that Army SSgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his “conspicuous gallantry” in Afghanistan. Carter will receive the nation’s highest award for valor Aug. 26, 2013, for his defense of Combat Outpost Keating, in a remote mountain valley of Nuristan province in…

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and ceremonies coming to Palmdale Amphitheater

Posted October 31, 2013 by

Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley on display Nov. 7 through Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The public will have 24 hour a day access to the AV Wall while it is on display. An opening…

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Veterans homes hiring for positions throughout the state

Posted January 31, 2014 by

In preparation for the opening of the Skilled Nursing Facilities at Redding and Fresno the Veterans Homes of California are launching a hiring blitz. Redding and Fresno veterans homes opened in October 2013 as Residential Care Facilities and have veteran residents and are now proceeding to open their SNF Units. To operate skilled nursing facilities…

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DOD, VA partnership key in treating brain trauma

Posted March 21, 2012 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said March 19 during a roundtable discussion on new advances in the field. Kathy Helmick, deputy director for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, at the Defense Centers of Excellence, emphasized the importance of…

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Federal court reverses order for VA system overhaul

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Paul Elias

A federal appeals court reversed its demand that the Veterans Affairs Department dramatically overhaul its mental health care system. A special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said May 7 that any such overhaul needs to be ordered by Congress or the president. The 10-1 ruling reversed an earlier decision by…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted June 14, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced June 14 that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington…

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VA grants will aid homeless veterans

Posted July 17, 2012 by

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding nearly $100 million in grants that will help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced. The grants are going to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to a VA…

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World War II vet awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Posted August 29, 2012 by SSgt. Clinton Atkins

Family, friends, senior leaders and pilots gathered Aug. 24 to honor a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress pilot during an award ceremony at Randolph’s famed Taj Mahal where he was award the Distinguished Flying Cross medal. Second Lt. Samuel Smith was assigned to the 360th Bombardment Squadron at RAF Molesworth, England, during the Second…

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VA awards more than $47 million for state, tribal veterans cemeteries

Posted October 24, 2012 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the award of 18 grants totaling $47,462,135 to 15 states and one tribal government to establish new Veterans cemeteries and to expand or improve others. “VA is committed to helping state and tribal Veterans cemeteries meet national shrine standards and honor Veterans with dignified burials,” said Secretary of…

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