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Half of vets on G.I. Bill graduate, report estimates

Posted March 24, 2014 by Pauline Jelinek

A little more than half of the veterans who got college money under the GI Bill since 2009 eventually graduated, though many took longer to do it, a new study estimates. The report released March 214 estimated that 51.7 percent of student veterans earned a degree or certificate for some kind of higher education. That’s…

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Doolittle Raider visits museum for 70th anniversary event

Posted April 19, 2012 by Air Force photograph by Ron Fry

Maj. Thomas C. Griffin (right), one of five surviving members of the famous Doolittle Raiders, chats with crewmembers of the Miss Hap B-25 bomber at the National Museum of the United States Air Force April 17, 2012. Griffin and other Raiders are at the museum this week for the 70th anniversary of the…

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All Americans must help shoulder burden of war

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Binding the wounds of war is the priority for our nation, President Barack Obama said during the Memorial Day observance May 28. Representing all Americans, the president placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then spoke at the Memorial Amphitheatre.

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VA boosts staffing, programs to prevent suicide

Posted June 26, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans, the VA undersecretary for health said last week. Speaking at the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Petzel addressed…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted August 6, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Aug. 6 that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Jobs bill for vets bogs down in Senate

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Kevin Freking

The Senate blocked legislation Sept. 19 that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country’s federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments. Republicans said the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of…

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World War II monument dedicated in Lancaster

Posted November 16, 2012 by Linda KC Reynolds

Antelope Valley Veterans of ‘The Greatest Generation’ were honored with the unveiling of a World War II monument replica, Nov. 12 during a celebration at the Lancaster Cemetery Veterans Day. “With the average age of 92, World War II veterans are leaving us way too fast,” said Bob Alvis, president of the Friends of the…

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Arlington Cemetery debuts upgraded welcome center

Posted January 28, 2013 by Jim Dresbach

Arlington National Cemetery's endeavor to inform of its past and to educate visitors continued to move forward Jan. 20, with the official opening of a revamped welcome center.

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New automation process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times by more than half

Posted March 20, 2013 by

As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days…

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Arlington ceremony honors fallen service women

Posted May 29, 2013 by Marine Corps Cpl. Christofer P. Baines

The Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues and senior women enlisted military members gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here May 22 for the 16th annual recognition ceremony.

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