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President, VA secretary pledge support for U.S. veterans

Posted November 13, 2013 by Donna Miles

President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, calling the holiday a reminder of the nation’s “sacred obligation” to those who have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security” throughout America’s history.

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Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted February 21, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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Former Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for fierce battle in Afghanistan

Posted June 25, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

Facing almost certain death during an enemy assault in Afghanistan, a gravely injured Ryan Pitts, then a sergeant, fiercely fought on, keeping an observation post and fallen soldiers around him from ending up in enemy hands.

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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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Honoring the Anzio veterans

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Ensign Chris Collins

On board guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), crew members welcomed the Anzio Beachhead Veterans and their families, April 26, commemorating the anniversary of the World War II storming of Anzio Beach in Italy 68 years ago. On Jan. 22, 1944, the beaches of Anzio, Italy, were assaulted by 40,000 soldiers, over 5,000 vehicles, and…

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Job training grants to assist nearly 9,000 homeless vets

Posted June 20, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

Some 8,600 homeless veterans will benefit from $15 million in grant money for job training through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said June 19. The Labor Department has awarded the money to 64 organizations that help America’s veterans, DOL officials said. The grant, officials added,…

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DOD to mark anniversary of Korean War armistice

Posted July 24, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

The Department of Defense and the U.S. Army will recognize veterans of the Korean War July 27 and will also commemorate the anniversary of the July 27, 1953, signing of the armistice that ended fighting on the...

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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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Returning veterans need nation’s support

Posted October 31, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised caregivers and other people and organizations that support the nation’s military veterans at an event in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., who spoke at the Military Officers Association of America Community Heroes Award Dinner, also extended his thoughts and prayers…

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Service members, volunteers, pay honor to fallen, lay wreaths at Arlington

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DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Trucks carrying wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Service members and volunteers render honors…

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