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Operation Homecoming for Vietnam POWs marks 40 years

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Air Force photograph Newly freed prisoners of war celebrate as their C-141A aircraft lifts off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973, during Operation Homecoming. The mission included 54 C-141 flights between Feb. 12 and April 4, 1973, returning 591 POWs to American soil. Forty years ago Feb. 12, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet…

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President awards Medal of Honor to Afghanistan veteran

Posted February 13, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Leroy Council President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2013. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan in October…

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Remains of Monitor sailors to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted February 13, 2013 by Lt. Lauryn Dempsey

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 12 that remains recovered from the USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. A ceremony will be held March 8 to honor the two unknown sailors.

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Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for Afghan fight

Posted February 11, 2013 by

President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan. Former SSgt. Clinton Romesha was recognized Feb. 11 at the White House for his actions during the 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the mountains near the Pakistan border. About 50…

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Kennedy flame to receive upgrades

Posted February 8, 2013 by Patrick J. Bloodgood

USACE photograph by Kerry L. Solan The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District awarded a Maryland company a contract, Jan. 31, to upgrade the John F. Kennedy eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Meltech Corporation Inc., of Landover, Md., will be responsible for performing the approximately $350,000 upgrade to the flame in early…

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Lawmakers fault plan for veterans’ health records

Posted February 8, 2013 by Kevin Freking

Congressional leaders overseeing veterans’ issues criticized Feb. 6 a decision by the Obama administration to move away from building a new computer system for storing the health records of troops and veterans. The Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to merge their health records so that doctors can track a patient’s health history…

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Valor Games quadruple opportunities for disabled vets, wounded warriors

Posted February 6, 2013 by Tim Hipps

The Valor Games Midwest, an adaptive sports competition for military veterans and service members with physical disabilities, have been expanded this year into the Southeast, Southwest and Northwest. Established in 2011 by World Sport Chicago in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics to provide a venue for wounded warriors and…

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DOD, VA to speed integration of health records

Posted February 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki address reporters after meeting at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Feb. 4, 2013. The secretaries announced that Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will accelerate the timetable to enable service members to transfer their electronic health care…

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VFW helps disabled vets recoup $3.7 billion

Posted February 5, 2013 by

Last year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States helped 125,000 disabled veterans recoup more than $3.7 billion in earned compensation and pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This exceeds 2011’s record totals by 23,000 veterans and almost $1.7 billion, and provides further proof that all eligible veterans and transitioning military members…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 1, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on Medicare eligibility, Air Force Personnel Center officials…

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