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Congress courts veterans leading up to election

Posted September 12, 2012 by Kevin Freking

Congress is using its relatively few working days before November’s general election to send a message of support to the nation’s 21 million-plus veterans. No legislative breakthroughs are expected, but lawmakers in both parties hope the late push will help them make their case to a critical voting bloc. Senate Democrats are pushing President Barack…

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USO marks 9/11 with care package service project on Capitol Hill

Posted September 12, 2012 by

Hundreds of USO supporters including members of Congress, Congressional staff, former Olympians, professional athletes, and volunteers marked 9/11 by assembling 2,000 USO Care Packages for service men and women currently serving in Afghanistan.

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Silver Star presented for fallen Airman’s ‘gallantry in action’

Posted September 11, 2012 by Karen Petitt

Courtesy photograph Senior Airmen Mike Malarsie and Bradley Smith pose for a photo during their Afghanistan deployment. An improvised explosive device attack mortally wounded Smith and injured Malarsie Jan. 3, in Afghanistan. The two tactical airlift control party Airmen were assigned to the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Riley, Kansas. Dressed in a…

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Tricare won’t return Walgreen to pharmacy network

Posted September 7, 2012 by

The military health insurance plan Tricare says Walgreen’s drugstore chain, the largest in the U.S., will not be part of the network where plan members can get their prescriptions filled. Tricare did not give a reason for its decision, which was posted in an announcement on its website. It said its network currently includes more…

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Purple Heart Medal Forever Stamp honors veterans’ sacrifices

Posted September 5, 2012 by

The U.S. Postal Service continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp. First issued as a 37-cent First-Class stamp in 2003, this new Forever Stamp differs from the 2011 Forever Stamp design displaying a slightly larger…

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Veteran reunions for September 2012

Posted September 4, 2012 by

Sept. 3-5: 3rd A&E Pensacola, Fla. For more information, contact Dean Droz at (407) 957-2423 or email deandroz@yahoo.com.   Sept. 5-9: 504th Bomb Group (Tinian, 1945) Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, contact Kaz Barcynski at (252) 637-0587 or email mskb134@gmail.com.   Sept. 6-8: 20th Air Force (Guam) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact Rose Penrod…

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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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World War II vet awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Posted August 29, 2012 by SSgt. Clinton Atkins

Family, friends, senior leaders and pilots gathered Aug. 24 to honor a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress pilot during an award ceremony at Randolph’s famed Taj Mahal where he was award the Distinguished Flying Cross medal. Second Lt. Samuel Smith was assigned to the 360th Bombardment Squadron at RAF Molesworth, England, during the Second…

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Shinseki notes strides in serving nation’s veterans

Posted August 29, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made great strides in meeting the challenges posed by a decade of war, and cooperation with the Defense Department is crucial to continued progress, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said Aug. 28. In a speech at the American Legion convention in Indianapolis, Shinseki said repeated deployments over the last…

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Soldiers missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted August 27, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Aug. 27 that the remains of three servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, were recently identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army SFC William T. Brown of La Habra, Calif., SFC Donald M. Shue of Kannapolis,…

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