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Veterans

VA improves online access to benefits information

Posted July 18, 2012 by

Nearly 1.7 million veterans and service members have registered for the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense web portal, eBenefits, which provides online information and access to a wide variety of military and veteran benefits resources. A VA news release issued July 18 says about 1.67 million users have signed up, and notes the strong…

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VA grants will aid homeless veterans

Posted July 17, 2012 by

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding nearly $100 million in grants that will help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced. The grants are going to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to a VA…

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Health & Safety

Panel calls for annual PTSD screening

Posted July 16, 2012 by by Kevin Freking

The Institute of Medicine recommended July 13 that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder at least once a year and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working. Of the 2.6 million service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s…

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SBA program helps veterans start businesses

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

Transitioning service members and veterans will be able to learn how to become entrepreneurs through a U.S. Small Business Administration-sponsored pilot program, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills told reporters July 11. Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a pilot program designed to provide the training, tools and resources that transitioning service members…

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Railways industry announces job opportunities for vets

Posted July 11, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines considering separating from the active-duty military this year may seek employment options in the railways industry, which today became the latest to pledge jobs to veterans. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the 5,000-job pledge in a conference call with reporters, making rail the latest industry to offer jobs as part…

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Air Force photograph by Kate Blais
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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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Army photograph by Pfc. Caleb Whisman
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Veterans

7th Dive Detachment helps preserve history at USS Arizona

Posted July 10, 2012 by by 2nd Lt. Lauren Looper

The USS Arizona Memorial is one of America’s greatest historical landmarks. The sunken ship is a tomb and the waters surrounding it are restricted.

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DOD photograph by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
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Landscapers ‘give back’ to vets, fallen at Arlington

Posted July 10, 2012 by by Terri Moon Cronk

More than 400 volunteers from children to adults descended on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery July 9 for the 16th annual Renewal and Remembrance, to honor the nation's veterans and...

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Defense

DOD to mark 59th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

Posted July 9, 2012 by

The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee has announced its efforts to reach out to Korean War Veterans and their families across the country and encourage them to join a commemorative program celebrating the 59th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice. The program, titled Heroes Remembered, is…

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Health & Safety

Neurotrauma, Psychological Health office partners with VA to study PTSD treatments

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Carey Phillips

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common anxiety disorder that can stem from any traumatic event experienced by an individual. While there are medications currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat it, they are not sufficiently effective in treating combat-related post-traumatic stress commonly seen in service members and veterans. The U.S. Army…

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