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Retired Air Force NCO receives POW Medal

Posted August 27, 2012 by by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

Returning to work after celebrating his 30th birthday the day before, then-Staff Sgt. James 'O'Neil' Hughes could see a growing group of disorderly demonstrators gather outside the U.S. Embassy.....

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Service members, vets celebrate military legacy of women

Posted October 22, 2012 by

Hundreds of active-duty women and veterans turned out Oct. 20 at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the legacy of more than 2.5 million women who have served in the nation’s military. Former WACs, WAVEs, WMs, WAFs and SPARS shared with their active-duty counterparts in the contributions women have made to the U.S….

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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live on in infamy’

Posted December 7, 2012 by Tom Budzyna

“It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in “7 December 1941: The Air Force Story” compiled by…

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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted February 20, 2013 by Kevin Freking

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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Medal of Honor awarded to Army chaplain

Posted April 12, 2013 by David Vergun

An Army chaplain, Capt. Emil J. Kapaun, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, April 11, for his actions leading up to his capture as a prisoner of war in North Korea. President Barack Obama presented the medal to Kapaun’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Ray…

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VA processes nearly all disability claims pending more than two years

Posted July 2, 2013 by

Over 2 Years, Moves to Complete Those Older Than 1 Year The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over…

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted August 16, 2013 by Ellen Crown

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Technology helps remember fallen, ensures memories live on

Posted November 13, 2013 by Karen Abeyasekere

It was a damp, foggy morning in October, amidst a sea of marble headstones; the sound of bells chiming out seemed to echo the air of somberness all around at Madingley American Cemetery, near Cambridge, England.

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Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted March 3, 2014 by Deb Riechmann

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter? While tattered yellow ribbons still…

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VA committed to veterans’ health, well-being, official says

Posted June 27, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges systemic issues of timeliness in providing veterans with health care and is committed to fixing unacceptable patient scheduling practices, a senior VA official told Congress June 23. Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations, Veterans Health Administration, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee alongside…

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