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DOD, VA make progress in integrating health records

Posted March 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on integrating the health records of service members and veterans, senior government officials told the House Veterans Affairs Committee Feb. 27. President Barack Obama directed the two departments to create a seamless system of integration for medical records. ìThe direction was clear: When a member of…

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Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted March 1, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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Troops, vets want ‘fair shot’ at employment, Battaglia says

Posted February 27, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Service members and veterans are more than prepared to transition into civilian employment, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 25. Following the release today of a report by the Executive Office of the President titled “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for…

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A look back at black aviation engineer units of World War II

Posted February 27, 2013 by Dr. Ronald B. Hartzer

Air Force photograph Air Force photograph Members of an aviation engineer battalion construct a heavy bomber airfield near Eye, England, in 1943. As we close the books on February, Black History Month offers us the opportunity to recall the important role black Americans played in providing the worldwide system of bases during World War II…

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Vietnam War vet receives Bronze Star

Posted February 27, 2013 by Alex Salinas

An Air Force retiree received a Bronze Star Medal with valor and a Purple Heart at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s Taj Mahal Feb. 15, nearly 48 years after rescuing officers and protecting military resources during a deployment to Vietnam in 1965. Placido Salazar, who joined the Air Force in 1956, was stationed at Randolph from…

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‘I’m a monster’: U.S. veterans feel ‘alone’ in guilt

Posted February 25, 2013 by Pualine Jelinek

A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former U.S. Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo thinks of himself as a killer – and he carries the guilt every day. “I can’t forgive myself,” he says. “And the people who can forgive me are dead.” With American troops at war for more than a decade, there’s…

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Boehner says U.S. veterans’ claims system is broken

Posted February 25, 2013 by Lisa Cornwell

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said the system for handling veterans’ disability claims is broken and he wants the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain what is being done to fix it. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said in a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki this week that the…

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POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Posted February 25, 2013 by Amber Baillie

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 21-22, 2013. A prisoner of war held in the “Hanoi Hilton” for five and a half years shared…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted February 20, 2013 by Kevin Freking

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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