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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted October 14, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 – when the AF354 will be rescinded – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a…

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Pearl Harbor survivor honored during ash scattering at USS Utah Memorial

Posted December 24, 2013 by PO2 Tiarra Fulgham

The ashes of Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Benzion “Barney” Packman, Pearl Harbor survivor, along with ashes of his wife Florence, were scattered in the waters near the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during a ceremony, Dec. 20. Among those in attendance were Barney and Florence’s daughter, Marissa Batt, and…

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Gary Sinise delivers check for OATH

Posted April 30, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Actor/musician Gary Sinise donates $60,000 to Lancaster High School OATH (Operation All The Way Home), a nonprofit student-led organization that raised more than $182,000 in less than one year to build wounded warrior Army Spec. Jerral Hancock a new home. History teacher Jamie Goodreau invited Hancock to speak to her…

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Obama signs act to give VA new money, authorities

Posted August 8, 2014 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama today signed into law the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

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New members appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

Posted December 5, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the appointment of five new members to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee was chartered Nov. 2, 1994, and advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the needs of the nationĂ­s 4.7 million minority veterans with respect to compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits…

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Edwards hosts retiree appreciation day

Posted April 13, 2012 by

The Retiree Activities Office at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is hosting a Retiree Appreciation Day 8 a.m.-noon, May 5. The event, at the Oasis Community Center on base, is open to all military retirees regardless of service branch. The event will include guest speakers, retiree program updates, booth displays, lunch, tours, door prizes, limited…

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Improvements continue in joint DOD, VA program

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

Progress continues on a streamlined system to improve care for ill and injured service members and veterans, senior Defense Department and Veterans Affairs officials told Capitol Hill legislators May 23. Jo Ann Rooney, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and John R. Gingrich, chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, made…

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Allies conduct exercise to mark Korean War anniversary

Posted June 25, 2012 by by Walter T. Ham IV

American and South Korean forces conducted a large live-fire exercise to mark the anniversary of the Korean War at a range close to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. More than 2,000 South Korean and U.S. troops...

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DOD, VA crafting integrated support system

Posted July 26, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are building an integrated military and veteran support system that is fundamentally different and far more robust than in the past, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a congressional panel July 25. Panetta addressed a relatively rare joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees to…

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Shinseki: VA honors ‘exceptional Americans’

Posted September 18, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

The airmen of today’s United States Air Force display the same guts, determination and skill as their forebears in the wars of earlier eras, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said Sept. 18 at the Air Force Association’s annual meeting. Service members stepped forward to repel the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he said,…

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