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Pearl Harbor survivor recounts life-changing experience

Posted December 5, 2014 by PO1 John Belanger

The 19-year-old airman jumped from his bunk when he heard a thunderous explosion outside his third floor barracks window, Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. When he looked out the window, he saw a plane with a big red ball flying low to the ground strafing Hickam airfield. Retired Air Force CWO Jay C. Groff Jr.,…

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Airmen missing from World War II accounted for

Posted December 3, 2014 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec. 1 that the remains of service members missing in action from World War II have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lieutenants William D. Bernier of Augusta, Mont.; Bryant E. Poulsen of…

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Medal of Honor recipient from Korean War laid to rest in Arlington

Posted November 24, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

Decades after he was killed protecting his unit from the enemy, Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. Miguel A. Vera of the Korean War was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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VA to accept proposals for new scheduling system

Posted November 24, 2014 by

As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing effort to improve veterans access to healthcare, the VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System. The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling software. When it…

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VA implements second phase of Choice Card program

Posted November 21, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 18 that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility. VA continues to focus on implementation of this new…

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VA to hold small business engagement in Atlanta next month

Posted November 17, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with other federal agencies and partners, will sponsor the 4th annual National Veterans Small Business Engagement, Dec. 9-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The premier event for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, the NVSBE is expected to attract as many as 3,000 attendees offering the chance…

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World War II cruiser USS Houston final report completed

Posted November 17, 2014 by

U.S. Navy underwater archeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command have completed the final survey report of the shipwreck of the World War II cruiser USS Houston (CA 30).

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Hagel says Vietnam Wall teaches sacrifice, need for questioning policies

Posted November 12, 2014 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by PO2 Sean Hurt Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with a Vietnam War veteran after a Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2014. The Vietnam War Memorial teaches Americans to honor those who sacrificed, but also to be honest and to question the policies that…

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Unbroken line of vets keeps America free, Biden says

Posted November 12, 2014 by Jim Garamone

An unbroken line of veterans has kept the United States and its freedoms safe since the founding of the republic, Vice President Joe Biden said Nov. 11 at America’s most sacred shrine. Biden thanked veterans and their families for their efforts and sacrifices during Veterans’ Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the…

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Veterans Day abroad: A moment of silence for the fallen

Posted November 12, 2014 by SSgt. Jarad A. Denton

A cold wind swept across the grounds as leaves of red, yellow and orange gently descended on the people gathered in solemn respect at Cambridge American Cemetery Nov. 11.

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