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Veterans fight changes to disability payments

Posted April 1, 2013 by Kevin Freking

Veterans groups are rallying to fight any proposal to change disability payments as the federal government attempts to address its long-term debt problem. They say they’ve sacrificed already. Government benefits are adjusted according to inflation, and President Barack Obama has endorsed using a slightly different measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits. Benefits would…

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Gathering celebrates veterans, history of Battle of Midway

Posted June 7, 2013 by PO1 Tim Comerford

Active duty, reserve and retired Sailors and Marines gathered to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of World War II’s tide-turning Battle of Midway, during a dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Washington, D.C., June 4. The ceremony hosted seven veterans of the battle and featured remarks from former Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O….

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VA grants up to one year of retroactive veterans benefits

Posted August 2, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Aug. 1 that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits. The retroactive benefits, which are in effect Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. 5, 2015, are a result of a comprehensive legislative package passed by…

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Secretary of State announces public-private veterans partnership

Posted November 1, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

As Veterans Day approaches, Secretary of State John F. Kerry Oct. 31 announced a new public-private partnership intended to help veterans find international employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. “The Veterans Innovation Partnership, VIP as we are calling it, is not about just what the State Department can do for veterans, it’s really…

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VA launches online tool to calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Posted February 5, 2014 by

The Veterans Affairs Department Feb. 4 launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking advantage…

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WWII vet gives final salute to friend, lifesaver

Posted June 6, 2014 by SrA. Hailey Haux

June 6, 1944, was a day forever marked in history as D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, France. There are many tales of heroism from that particular day, but one account has surfaced regarding the day after the initial invasion, about a Soldier's search for the man who saved his life.

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‘Red Tail’ member visits the Pentagon

Posted March 23, 2012 by

The Air Force hosted one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and his family March 16 during a tour of the Pentagon. Retired Lt. Col. Walter McCreary, his daughter Stephanie Lynch and grandson Nicholas Lynch were given a tour of the Air Force Art Gallery, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Tuskegee…

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Lawmakers question VA’s plans to hire more staff

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Kevin Freking

Members of Congress expressed doubts May 8 on plans by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care. Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over veterans’ issues, said the VA’s plans to beef up staffing looked like a knee-jerk reaction to a…

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Detroit to host veterans’ assistance events

Posted June 15, 2012 by

Detroit’s Cobo Center will host three major U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored events from June 26-29. The VA for Vets Hiring Fair, the Veteran Open House, and the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo are expected to attract thousands of job-seeking veterans, business owners and federal employees. Detroit’s VA for Vets Hiring Fair is…

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Military advisers reflect on Vietnam War experiences

Posted September 4, 2012 by by John Valceanu

Two former military advisers who served with Vietnamese units during the Vietnam War spoke about their experiences in the Pentagon Aug. 28 and shared their thoughts on advisory programs and counterinsurgency operations. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni and retired Army Lt. Col. James Willbanks took part in a panel discussion on “Advisers in the…

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