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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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Former USS Solace survivor laid to rest

Posted July 26, 2013 by PO2 Tiarra Fulgham

A Pearl Harbor survivor was laid to rest during an ash scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 24. Family members of Yeoman 1st Class Alphonse “Al” Vanden Brul scattered his remains, along with a portion of his late wife’s, into the harbor where he will be reunited with…

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Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

Posted October 17, 2013 by Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, citing Swenson’s heroism during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.

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Reservist leads project to connect American public, veterans

Posted January 8, 2014 by Donna Miles

The idea germinated shortly after Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bernardi returned from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. A professor and chair of San Francisco State University’s cinema department, Bernardi found a distinct disconnect between the Special Forces soldiers whose operations he had spent much of his deployment documenting and the civilian community he had…

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French village memorializes U.S. World War II aircrew

Posted May 9, 2014 by TSgt. Benjamin Wilson

The people of Avord, France, dedicated a memorial May 8 honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down during World War II.

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VA outlines actions taken to improve access to care, implement IG recommendations from

Posted August 28, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Aug. 26 released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and made improvements…

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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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Navy veteran recognized 68 years later

Posted June 11, 2012 by by PO3 Carla Ocampo

A sailor was presented with a Bronze Star and a U.S. Army Combat Medical Badge he earned more than 68 years ago, June 6.

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Bataan Death March survivor shares story

Posted July 10, 2012 by by Kate Blais

Fewer and fewer Americans today can recall where they were when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, had been attacked by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941. As the number of first-hand accounts...

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