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Acting Secretary: VA accepts special counsel’s findings

Posted June 23, 2014 by

The Veterans Affairs Department accepts the findings detailed in a letter from the U.S. Office of the General Counsel to President Barack Obama substantiating reports that whistleblowers who pointed out shortcomings in the department’s health care system for veterans were not heeded, the acting VA secretary said June 23. At VA, we depend on the…

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VA wards contract for independent assessment of health care

Posted October 6, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Oct. 1 that the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers, has been awarded a contract to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes, as required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. MITRE Corporation will serve…

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Arlington National Cemetery plants saplings to honor troops

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

In honor of Arbor Day and to pay respects to U.S. service members, officials planted five oak tree saplings at Arlington National Cemetery...

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Airman missing from Vietnam War Identified

Posted June 20, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced June 20 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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TRICARE Prime enrollment fees increase Oct. 1

Posted July 24, 2012 by

New TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for uniformed service retirees and their families will begin Oct. 1. Retirees who were enrolled before Oct. 1, 2011 will see a more significant increase since their enrollment fee remained at the 2011 levels of $230 and $460 per year when the fees increased last year. The National Defense Authorization…

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

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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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Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program delivers 20 millionth American dream

Posted October 29, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

Neighbors watched as the Department of Veterans Affairs saluted Elizabeth Carpenter, the 20 millionth recipient of its Home Loan Guarantee Program, in a ceremony just outside the door of her new address in Woodbridge, Va.

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Linebacker II remembrance ceremony

Posted December 17, 2012 by SrA. Airman Wiseman

The annual Linebacker II Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Arc Light Memorial Park, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 14 to honor the heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice in support of Operation Linebacker II.

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Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted March 1, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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Faith in captivity: Vietnam War POW inspires Airmen

Posted May 1, 2013 by SSgt. Jenna Hildebrand

With his hands bound in manacles, an imprisoned Air Force pilot watched from his bamboo holding cell as North Vietnamese soldiers moved a wounded American prisoner into the cell across from his.

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