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Vietnam opens sites to joint POW/MIA investigators

Posted June 4, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Vietnamese government will open three areas to help resolve the fate of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War, DOD officials said in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 4. Following a meeting at the Defense Ministry, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phoung Quang Thanh announced his government would allow American personnel to examine three areas once off…

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VA partnership aims to house 10,000 homeless vets

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced May 30 that it will collaborate with the “100,000 Homes” campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans this year. “President [Barack] Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among veterans,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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Rolling Thunder gathers for 25th ride at Pentagon

Posted May 30, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

"The guy in the cage over there kind of put a knot in my stomach," said Vietnam veteran Ron Lambert. On a grassy hill overlooking the north...

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VA, EPA program connects disabled vets with jobs

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program yesterday announced a memorandum of understanding to connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in the water and wastewater sectors as part of the EPA’s Water Sector Workforce Initiative. The agreement allows EPA and VA to connect qualified…

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Black Flag: Taking care of those who wait

Posted May 29, 2012 by by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

The POW/MIA flag symbolizes the efforts of Department of Defense leaders and the commitment of the American public to recover the more than 83,000 Americans still missing since World War II. To this day hundreds of Defense Department men and women, both military and civilian, work in organizations…

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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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Obama praises Vietnam vets at war’s anniversary

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama May 28 called the treatment Vietnam War veterans received after they returned home “a national shame” and asked that Americans use the 50th anniversary of the war to set the record...

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Panetta, Dempsey recall Vietnam vets’ valor, sacrifice

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department’s most senior leaders May 28 honored Vietnam War veterans, including their own friends and mentors, in a commemoration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall they said was long overdue. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Gen. Martin...

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New veterans fight new battles after coming home

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Marilynn Marchione

America has a new generation of veterans. More than 1.6 million troops are back from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and they are unlike any other group of veterans the nation has ever seen. More of them are Reserves and National Guard. More are women. They have different injuries than those who fought before…

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Improvements continue in joint DOD, VA program

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

Progress continues on a streamlined system to improve care for ill and injured service members and veterans, senior Defense Department and Veterans Affairs officials told Capitol Hill legislators May 23. Jo Ann Rooney, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and John R. Gingrich, chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, made…

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