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VA to expand benefits for traumatic brain injury

Posted December 18, 2013 by

Adds five illnesses related to service connected TBI Some veterans with traumatic brain injury who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The new regulation, which takes effect 30 days from today, impacts some…

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White House launches one-stop shopping for vets seeking jobs

Posted April 23, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, April 23 launched the Veterans Employment Center, the first online one-stop shopping tool for veterans, transitioning service members and spouses in search of employment. The announcement was made at a third-anniversary celebration for their “Joining Forces” initiative at Fort Campbell, Ky….

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Remains of U.S. soldier killed in ’53 identified

Posted July 25, 2014 by

Lawrence Jock’s surviving relatives in northern New York knew next to nothing about the Army combat veteran who was declared missing in action at the end of the Korean War more than 60 years ago. Now that his remains have been identified and will be brought back to the North Country for burial, his relatives…

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VA increases mental health care workforce

Posted April 22, 2012 by

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will add approximately 1,600 clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers – as well as nearly 300 support staff, to its existing mental health workforce of 20,590, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced April 19. The staff increase is part of an ongoing review of…

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Vietnam opens sites to joint POW/MIA investigators

Posted June 4, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Vietnamese government will open three areas to help resolve the fate of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War, DOD officials said in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 4. Following a meeting at the Defense Ministry, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phoung Quang Thanh announced his government would allow American personnel to examine three areas once off…

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Iraq combat veteran launches free military benefits report service

Posted July 2, 2012 by

An Iraq combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient is to set to mark Independence Day by launching www.MilitaryBenefitsReport.com, the first comprehensive benefits reporting system for all branches of the military. Active service members, veterans, and their families can use this unique service to generate free personalized reports that detail what military benefits they could be…

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Vets gather at Arlington to mark 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal

Posted August 9, 2012 by by J.D. Leipold

Seventy years after the Aug. 7, 1942, start to what would be a brutal, six-month-long battle over an island in the South Pacific, veterans of Guadalcanal gathered at Arlington National Cemetery....

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Marine missing in action from Korean War identified

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 28 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Pfc. Richard S. Gzik, of Toledo, Ohio, was buried Sept. 28, at Arlington National Cemetery…

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Sixty-five years later, World War II veteran returns to England

Posted November 26, 2012 by Capt. Brian Maguire

On a typical day from 1942 to 1945, the flightline on Royal Air Force Alconbury, England, would be full of activity as aircrews, maintainers and weapons troops prepared as many B-17 Flying Fortresses as they could for missions in Germany.

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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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