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Care, benefits for vets strengthened by $164 billion VA budget

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the president has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, that will support VAís goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among veterans. The…

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Face of Defense: France honors World War II veterans

Posted July 3, 2014 by PO1 Class David Kolmel

Navy photograph by PO1 David Kolmel Aboard the French FlorÈal-class frigate FS Prairial berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Rear Adm. Anne Cullere, commander in chief of French forces in the Pacific, presents U.S. World War II veteran Shuji Akiyama, whoíd fought with the 100th Battalion, the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor during…

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Unbroken line of vets keeps America free, Biden says

Posted November 12, 2014 by Jim Garamone

An unbroken line of veterans has kept the United States and its freedoms safe since the founding of the republic, Vice President Joe Biden said Nov. 11 at America’s most sacred shrine. Biden thanked veterans and their families for their efforts and sacrifices during Veterans’ Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the…

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Reports send mixed message on veterans employment

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The unemployment rate for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has dipped recently after months of riding higher than the national average, but some analysts caution it’s too early to tell if the progress is real or a blip. The monthly snapshot provided by the federal government’s February jobs report showed that the unemployment rate…

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World War II veterans greeted, honored during visit to nation’s capital

Posted May 16, 2012 by by SrA. Christina Brownlow

The Honor Flight Network hosted 169 World War II veterans who were greeted at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as they landed to visit and reflect at memorials throughout the local area.

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Labor Department paves job path for service members, vets

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

Department of Labor officials are reaching out to let transitioning service members and veterans know about the department’s many training programs to give them a successful path to employment. From workshops to job fairs and one-on-one training, DOL is committed to connecting veterans with jobs, Junior Ortiz, DOL’s deputy assistant secretary for Veterans’ Employment, told…

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United Kingdom’s ‘Friendly Invasion’ 70 years on

Posted July 23, 2012 by by SSgt. Megan P. Lyon

During his childhood, Clive Stevens would gaze up in awe at a small B-17 Flying Fortress model that sat on top of a bookcase in his home.

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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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Major hurdles remain to end veteran homelessness

Posted November 14, 2012 by Julie Watson and Pauline Jelinek

Arthur Lute’s arduous journey from his days as a U.S. Marine to his nights sleeping on the streets illustrates the challenge for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. Lute has post-traumatic stress disorder from the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. He spent years drifting…

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First, second ladies vow to continue ‘Joining Forces’

Posted January 23, 2013 by by Donna Miles

Pentagon Channel still photograph First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, vow in an interview with The Pentagon Chanel in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, to continue the Joining Forces initiative during the next four years with a goal of creating a national culture of appreciation and support. Lauding…

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