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VA announces award of patient-centered community care contracts

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 that Veterans will have greater access to quality health care through a new initiative: Patient-Centered Community Care. PCCC is an innovative solution that helps VA medical centers continue to provide quality care efficiently, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. This will be a valuable option…

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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

Posted December 11, 2013 by

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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Hagel orders overhaul of POW/MIA identification agencies

Posted April 2, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 31 that he’s ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon agencies responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of America’s war dead. The reorganization seeks to consolidate the mission, improve efficiency and increase the number of remains identified by the two key agencies charged with POW-MIA accounting efforts — the…

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Airman’s remains returned home 62 years after his death

Posted July 21, 2014 by SrA. Sarah Hall-Kirchner

The remains of 17 service members were recovered by the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command and Joint Task Force team from a 1952 aircraft crash site.

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VA implements second phase of Choice Card program

Posted November 21, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 18 that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility. VA continues to focus on implementation of this new…

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Expert to discuss how to serve veterans attending college

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Marine Corps veteran and university veterans services director Dr. Marshall Thomas will discuss how to serve veterans attending college during a presentation 6-8 p.m., April 10 in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151. The presentation will offer a glimpse into the culture that helps form student veterans and discusses some of the challenges…

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DOD to host Vietnam War commemoration ceremony at memorial

Posted May 21, 2012 by

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will host a ceremony May 28, 2012, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to thank and honor America’s Vietnam Veterans on behalf of a grateful nation. This ceremony will serve as a public kickoff of efforts to partner with communities across the United…

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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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Reunions – July 2012

Posted June 27, 2012 by

July 2-6: Iowa BB 61 Vets Assn San Pedro, Calif. For more information, call Paul Ogg at (360) 692-6032 or email kjoggpr@aol.com.   July 3-5: Yarnall DD 541 Baton Rouge, La. For more information, call Noah Mathias at (513) 922-7454 or email nmathias@fuse.net.   July 11-15: Holland AS 32 Seattle, Wash. For more information, call…

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Law allows VA health benefits for Camp Lejeune water victims

Posted August 7, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

President Barack Obama signed into law Aug. 6 a bill enabling the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health benefits to veterans and families diagnosed with diseases related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C. “I think all Americans feel we have a moral, sacred duty toward our men and women in uniform,” Obama said…

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