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Veterans Day abroad: A moment of silence for the fallen

Posted November 12, 2014 by SSgt. Jarad A. Denton

A cold wind swept across the grounds as leaves of red, yellow and orange gently descended on the people gathered in solemn respect at Cambridge American Cemetery Nov. 11.

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Posted November 5, 2014 by Stuart Ibberson

In 1914, World War I started in Europe. As the continent and much of the world marks the 100th anniversary, one commemoration has really struck a cord. The art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in England is made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies placed in the moat…

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Freebies for Veterans, November 11

Posted November 5, 2014 by

Many restaurants and businesses offer specials to military veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. This is a partial list of restaurants that are offering specials. Please check with your server on availability.   Applebee’s – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.   California Pizza Kitchen…

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VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses of service members who died on active duty

Posted October 20, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications by mail Nov. 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of…

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The long road home: Lewis-McChord honors Vietnam veterans

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sgt. Cody Quinn

Capt. James Ferguson was returning home. He had flown halfway around the world, from Saigon to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and was looking forward to being in the country he spent the last 365 days fighting for.

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VA processes more than 1.3 million veteransí claims in fiscal 2014

Posted October 10, 2014 by

More than 1.3 million Veterans received decisions on their Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal year 2014 ñ the highest number in VA’s history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims. This second year of record-breaking production comes as VA continues to transform the way it provides…

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Obama: Move heaven and earth to care for disabled vets

Posted October 10, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

With the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the nation commemorates for the first time the two battles disabled veterans have fought – the battle over there and the battle at home – the battle to recover, President Barack Obama said Oct. 5 during the dedication ceremony. Congress approved the building of the memorial with…

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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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82nd Airborne helps commemorate 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden

Posted September 29, 2014 by SSgt. Javier O. Orona

This year, as we honor the 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, we remember the sacrifices soldiers and paratroopers made all those years ago.

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VA announces awardees of grants that support disabled veterans in adaptive Sports

Posted September 29, 2014 by timchisham

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Sept. 29 the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. Partnering with national, regional, and community-based…

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