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DOD official praises vet employment program

Posted October 15, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

A senior defense official took part Oct. 15 in the announcement in New York of a new hiring program that aims to train and place 100,000 veterans in advanced manufacturing and related jobs by 2015. John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care and transition policy, joined officials from General Electric, Alcoa,…

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Veteran turned advocate seeks claims change

Posted November 28, 2012 by Lawrence Messina

David Huffman has helped thousands of military veterans seeking disability benefits navigate the complex, often slow and at times frustrating claims process. The Wood County lawyer can relate: he was a 19-year-old Marine in Vietnam when a booby trap blinded him. As if getting through college and law school without sight weren’t challenges enough, Huffman…

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Lawmakers fault plan for veterans’ health records

Posted February 8, 2013 by Kevin Freking

Congressional leaders overseeing veterans’ issues criticized Feb. 6 a decision by the Obama administration to move away from building a new computer system for storing the health records of troops and veterans. The Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department are working to merge their health records so that doctors can track a patient’s health history…

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2013 Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Edwards

Posted April 3, 2013 by

To all military retirees – come out and learn about the programs that affect you and receive some services during your visit. This year’s Military Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 a.m.-noon, May 4, at the Oasis Community Center. Services provided for retirees include: * Legal Services * Pharmacy (Limited) * Immunization * TRICARE * Defense…

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Reunions

Posted June 19, 2013 by

July 2013 Veterans & Friends of Spain Sevilla, Spain July 1-7 For more information, call Eddie Macklin at (917) 963-2136 or email emacklin@comcast.net. Army Sec Agency (ASA) Korea 351st Comm Recon Co (1952-1953) Great Barrington, Mass. July 15-18 For more information, call George Fleck at (413) 528-9233 or email pennies11@verizon.net. 96th Inf OCS Co Class…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 7, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Vietnam vet wins discharge upgrade in PTSD lawsuit

Posted November 4, 2013 by John Christoffersen

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — A Vietnam veteran who received the Bronze Star and later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will have his discharge status upgraded under a settlement with the U.S. Army, his representatives announced Monday. John Shepherd Jr., a 66-year-old New Haven resident, said the Army agreed to resolve his lawsuit by upgrading…

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POW receives medal seven decades later

Posted February 10, 2014 by Pascual Flores

For a former U.S. Army Air Force veteran, a seven-decade long wait ended when Col. James C. Hodges, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 87th Air Base Wing commander, presented the former prisoner of war the POW Medal for services during World War II, Jan. 27, 2014

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Enlisted pilots honored during ceremony

Posted June 16, 2014 by TSgt. Sarah Loicano

The military's sergeant pilots, enlisted aviators who served from 1912-1957, were honored during a monument unveiling and dedication at Maxwell-Gunter's Enlisted Heritage Hall June 9.

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Reports send mixed message on veterans employment

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The unemployment rate for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has dipped recently after months of riding higher than the national average, but some analysts caution it’s too early to tell if the progress is real or a blip. The monthly snapshot provided by the federal government’s February jobs report showed that the unemployment rate…

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