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Veterans unemployment rate dropped in 2013

Posted March 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans dropped in 2013, according to Labor Department statistics announced March 20. The unemployment rate fell to 9 percent last year for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez…

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to host World War I 100th anniversary event

Posted July 11, 2014 by Rob Bardua

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in Europe as one of the nation’s premier historical aviation events, the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will bring the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio, Sept. 27-28. The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will feature vintage reproduction…

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World War II cruiser USS Houston final report completed

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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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Military association calls on Congress to stop war on TRICARE

Posted April 18, 2012 by

The National Association for Uniformed Services strongly opposes the Pentagon plan for steep increases in TRICARE fees. The federal fiscal year 2013 defense proposal would raise fees for all programs in TRICARE, the military health care plan. “It’s an outrage to hear DOD tell military retirees that the costs for promised benefits are squeezing out…

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Obama praises Vietnam vets at war’s anniversary

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama May 28 called the treatment Vietnam War veterans received after they returned home “a national shame” and asked that Americans use the 50th anniversary of the war to set the record...

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Korean War veterans remember Battle of Chipyong-ni

Posted June 26, 2012 by by Walter T. Ham

Chipyong-ni was a little known mountain village until a battle there changed the momentum of the Korean War and made an indelible mark in military history. A day after the 62nd anniversary of the start of...

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DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted August 2, 2012 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

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VA fills first phase of veteran retraining program

Posted September 21, 2012 by

The Veterans Affairs Department has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal 2012 under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for 54,000 slots available in fiscal 2013, VA officials announced Sept. 20. “The surge of veterans applying for VRAP demonstrates this program’s importance to provide unemployed…

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Original member of the Tuskegee Airmen dies

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, 93, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, died Nov. 8 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala., according to Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford. Carter was a member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the first black aviatiors in the U.S. military. Born Sept. 27, 1919, in…

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New co-pays for TRICARE pharmacy customers

Posted January 25, 2013 by

New co-payments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE will go into effect soon. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase co-pays on brand name and non-formulary medications that are not filled at military clinics or hospitals. There is no increase to co-pays for generic medications. Increases will be effective sometime…

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