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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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VA hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal

Posted June 5, 2013 by

Expands access to care, outreach efforts, directs nationwide community mental health summits The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 3 that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamaís Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military…

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‘Old Guard’ soldiers honor fallen with flags at Arlington graves

Posted May 29, 2013 by

A sea of tiny American flags flutters gently in the breeze now at Arlington National Cemetery. The flags were placed at gravesites, May 23, in tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nation's fallen service members who rest there.

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HUD, VA team up to provide permanent homes to 9,000 homeless vets

Posted May 29, 2013 by

Approximately 9,000 homeless Veterans living on the streets and in the nationís shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced May 29 that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies…

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Arlington ceremony honors fallen service women

Posted May 29, 2013 by Marine Corps Cpl. Christofer P. Baines

The Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues and senior women enlisted military members gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here May 22 for the 16th annual recognition ceremony.

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World War II vet gets ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ from Japan’s ambassador

Posted May 24, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans.

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Report redefines how care, services are provided to Gulf War veterans

Posted May 22, 2013 by

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force will publish a comprehensive draft report in the Federal Register for public feedback and comment. The report describes how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been, and will continue to address the concerns of Veterans who deployed…

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VA announces new grants to help end veterans’ homelessness

Posted May 22, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced two new grants to support Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s goal of ending veterans’ homelessness in 2015. Under these new programs, homeless providers can apply for funding to enhance the facilities used to serve homeless veterans, and acquire vans to facilitate transportation of this population. “Those who have served…

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Joint effort aimed at promoting use of fully developed claims

Posted May 22, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion have announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for veterans. The effort – the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice – is a key part of VAís overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims…

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VA requiring employees to work overtime

Posted May 17, 2013 by Kevin Freking

More than 10,000 workers who handle disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs will be required to work at least 20 hours of overtime each month in an effort reduce a sizable backlog, the department announced May 15. The overtime requirement will last through September and comes as many federal workers face furloughs because…

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