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VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses of service members who died on active duty

Posted October 20, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications by mail Nov. 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of…

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The long road home: Lewis-McChord honors Vietnam veterans

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sgt. Cody Quinn

Capt. James Ferguson was returning home. He had flown halfway around the world, from Saigon to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and was looking forward to being in the country he spent the last 365 days fighting for.

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VA processes more than 1.3 million veteransí claims in fiscal 2014

Posted October 10, 2014 by

More than 1.3 million Veterans received decisions on their Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal year 2014 ñ the highest number in VA’s history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims. This second year of record-breaking production comes as VA continues to transform the way it provides…

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Obama: Move heaven and earth to care for disabled vets

Posted October 10, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

With the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the nation commemorates for the first time the two battles disabled veterans have fought – the battle over there and the battle at home – the battle to recover, President Barack Obama said Oct. 5 during the dedication ceremony. Congress approved the building of the memorial with…

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VA wards contract for independent assessment of health care

Posted October 6, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Oct. 1 that the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers, has been awarded a contract to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes, as required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. MITRE Corporation will serve…

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82nd Airborne helps commemorate 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden

Posted September 29, 2014 by SSgt. Javier O. Orona

This year, as we honor the 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, we remember the sacrifices soldiers and paratroopers made all those years ago.

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VA announces awardees of grants that support disabled veterans in adaptive Sports

Posted September 29, 2014 by timchisham

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Sept. 29 the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. Partnering with national, regional, and community-based…

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WWII Airman lost in Pacific brought home to Montana after 70 year wait

Posted September 24, 2014 by John Turner

Seven decades after his aircraft was shot down during a mission in World War II, an Army Air Forces aviator finally came home to Augusta, Mont.

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VA updates disability claims application

Posted September 24, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 24 that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and…

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POW/MIA: Daughter of missing Vietnam-era pilot shares story of loss

Posted September 22, 2014 by MSgt. Veronica Aceveda

The name, rank and service of Col. Kelly Cook are imprinted on prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action bracelets to this day - he is still missing.

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