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Disabled veterans sports clinic opens in Colorado

Posted April 1, 2013 by Donna Miles

An Iraq war veteran now serving as a senior Department of Veterans Affairs official opened the world’s largest and longest-running disabled sports event here last night, and he challenged almost 400 veterans to reach for new heights through teamwork and mental and physical toughness. “We all know the importance of sports and the incredible results…

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Veterans fight changes to disability payments

Posted April 1, 2013 by Kevin Freking

Veterans groups are rallying to fight any proposal to change disability payments as the federal government attempts to address its long-term debt problem. They say they’ve sacrificed already. Government benefits are adjusted according to inflation, and President Barack Obama has endorsed using a slightly different measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits. Benefits would…

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Missing World War II Pacific Theater pilot identified

Posted April 1, 2013 by

The remains of a serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced in a DOD news release issued today. Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, of Mount Prospect, Ill., will be buried April 3…

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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted April 1, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting period between retiring…

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TSA expedites airport screening for wounded warriors

Posted March 29, 2013 by

The Transportation Security Administration now offers expedited airport screening to severely injured members of the armed forces. In addition to offering curb-to-gate service, TSA now allows wounded warriors to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats, officials said. ìIn recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women…

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Air Force Memorial launches new Website

Posted March 27, 2013 by

The Air Force Association recently announced the launch of the new Air Force Memorial website: www.airforcememorial.org. The website has undergone a total redesign to better provide people with information about visiting the memorial, hosting an event, accessing its heritage archives, leaving a tribute for a friend or a family member, and much more. “We encourage…

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New automation process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times by more than half

Posted March 20, 2013 by

As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days…

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‘No delays in burials’ despite budget cuts at Arlington

Posted March 18, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by David Vergun A visitor to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., uses a free web-based app, which allows families and the public to locate gravesites, events and points of interest throughout the cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery staff won’t be furloughed “so there will be no delays in burials,” but needed infrastructure improvements are on…

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Guard, Reserve veteran unemployment rate decreases

Posted March 18, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

A senior Pentagon official said there’s been progress in reducing the unemployment rate for Guard and Reserve veterans, but also told a House panel that more work needs to be done. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity March 14 , Ronald G. Young, the family and employer programs and policy director within…

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VA will use preliminary findings to reduce verification denials

Posted March 13, 2013 by

To speed eligibility determinations of Veteran-owned small businesses for Department of Veterans Affairs’ ìVeterans Firstî contracts, theVA will allow applicants the opportunity to correct minor deficiencies before an initial denial is issued. Starting May 1, the VA will begin providing preliminary findings to applicants before completing a comprehensive review of their submissions. This is expected…

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