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Reunions – February thru April, 2015

Posted February 4, 2015 by

374th Field Maint Sqdn., PACAF Feb. 13-14; Biloxi, Miss. For more information, contact Larry Voss at (218) 410-2192 or email levs.22@hotmail.com. 11th Abn/Air Assault Div Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and 187th RCT Feb. 21-25; Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information, contact Artie Heape at (843) 846-4693 or email artieheape@centurylink.net. Seabees in Ireland & Scotland, NMCB 62 Feb….

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World War II’s 1st Special Service Force honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Posted February 4, 2015 by J.D. Leipold

Forty-two veterans of the original 1,800 commandos that made up the World War II U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force were honored in the Capitol, Feb. 3, as recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award for distinguished achievement the U.S. Congress can bestow

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VA announces single regional framework under MyVA initiative

Posted January 26, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Jan. 26 that it is taking the first steps under the MyVA initiative to realign its many organizational maps into one map with five regions to better serve Veterans. The new regions under the MyVA alignment will allow VA to begin the process of integrating disparate organizational boundaries into…

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Nisei veterans honored with France’s highest award

Posted January 26, 2015 by PO2 Brain M. Wilbur

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., was among a group of more than 300 who gathered for the awarding of the French Legion of Honor to 34 World War II Nisei veterans of the 100th Battalion 442nd Regiment, Jan. 23 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

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VA announces appointment of new members to advisory council

Posted January 16, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. VA will appoint Stephen L. Hauser, MD as committee chair for a term through September, 2016. Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the…

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Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Posted January 14, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration began in early January and will close April 15. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological…

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Report: Agent Orange planes hold risk years after Vietnam

Posted January 12, 2015 by

The health of some U.S. Air Force reservists could have been put at risk from the residue left in planes that sprayed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the Institute of Medicine reported Jan. 9. There’s not much data about the level of contamination, but limited testing years later make it plausible that some reservists…

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Consolidation of POW/MIA mission moving forward

Posted January 12, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Jan. 9 the Defense Department will, effective Monday, consolidate into one new agency the organizations that account for U.S. military prisoners of war and those missing in action. Hagel called for a review early last year to bring together the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint Personnel Accounting…

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Veteran caretakers continue service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Posted January 9, 2015 by SSgt. Chris Hubenthal

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or NMCP, is the final resting place for many military veterans who served across the globe.

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Tuskegee Airmen receive the 2014 Omar N. Bradley ‘Spirit of Independence Award’

Posted December 31, 2014 by SrA. Benjamin Gonsier

The Tuskegee Airmen were recognized for their courage and valor in combat, as they helped pave the way for racial integration in the armed services, by receiving the 2014 Omar N. Bradley "Spirit of Independence Award" in a ceremony held at the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

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