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DOD, VA to fund $100 million PTSD, TBI study

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The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. “At VA, ensuring that our Veterans receive quality care is our highest priority,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. “Investing in…

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Shinseki: VA honors ‘exceptional Americans’

Posted September 18, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

The airmen of today’s United States Air Force display the same guts, determination and skill as their forebears in the wars of earlier eras, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said Sept. 18 at the Air Force Association’s annual meeting. Service members stepped forward to repel the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he said,…

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Wounded warriors discuss transitions to new lives

Posted September 17, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

Caregivers, National Guard and Reserve support and sports for the wounded are the top Defense Department priorities for wounded warriors and their families, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care said Sept. 13. John R. Campbell made the comments after listening to wounded warrior panelists discuss their experiences with recovery at the annual…

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Pearl Harbor survivor interred on USS Arizona

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Audrey McAvoy

Glenn Lane lived to be 93 after surviving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Sept. 12, he was laid to rest inside the USS Arizona so he could return to the shipmates he left behind. A Navy diver placed an urn with his ashes in a gun turret aboard the Arizona during a ceremony Sept….

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Air Force leaders attend AFA remembrance ceremony

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Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi From the left: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Association Chairman of the Board S.Sanford Schlitt and the Senior Enlisted Leader to the Chief, National Guard Bureau CMSgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall render honors during a wreath laying…

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As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Dan Elliott

Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered – forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones. “We’re going back to school, we have full-time jobs, we have families and kids,” said Marco Bongioanni,…

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‘Black Knight’ captain helps Vietnam widow claim missing award

Posted September 14, 2012 by Sgt. Quentin Johnson

Courtesy photograph Shelby Harding and Capt. Kyle Hatzinger, commander for Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hold a display case with Harding’s late-husband’s, Steve Harding, award during an award-memorial ceremony for Steve in Augusta, Ga., Sept. 1. Hatzinger presented the Combat Infantryman’s Badge to Shelby on behalf…

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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

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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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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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