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Purple Heart Medal Forever Stamp honors veterans’ sacrifices

Posted September 5, 2012 by

The U.S. Postal Service continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp. First issued as a 37-cent First-Class stamp in 2003, this new Forever Stamp differs from the 2011 Forever Stamp design displaying a slightly larger…

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In veteran-heavy states, military issues magnified

Posted October 29, 2012 by Thomas Beaumont

The far-flung swing states that have the most sway in the presidential election have something else in common – a large share of military veterans who are getting special attention from the fiercely dueling campaigns. In a White House campaign this hard-fought, no interest group can be ignored. But veterans are an especially prized group…

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Boeing California employees donate $420,000 to support veterans

Posted December 12, 2012 by

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing employees in California have given nine nonprofit organizations there approximately $420,000 for programs that help ease veterans’ transitions to civilian life and employment. The recipients were Canine Companions for Independence, National Veterans Transition Service Inc., New Directions, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, U.S. Vets Initiative, Vanguard University, Veterans Valor Fund,…

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A look back at black aviation engineer units of World War II

Posted February 27, 2013 by Dr. Ronald B. Hartzer

Air Force photograph Air Force photograph Members of an aviation engineer battalion construct a heavy bomber airfield near Eye, England, in 1943. As we close the books on February, Black History Month offers us the opportunity to recall the important role black Americans played in providing the worldwide system of bases during World War II…

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Doolittle Raiders honored for attack launched from Navy task force

Posted April 22, 2013 by Joy Samsel

The extraordinary service of 80 men was remembered April 18 at the tribute to the Doolittle Raiders on the 71st anniversary of the Army Air Force squadron’s flight from a Navy aircraft carrier to bomb Japan during World War II. At a luncheon held at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach, Rear Adm….

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Experts recover military personnel records 40 years after fire

Posted July 12, 2013 by Donna Miles

Photograph courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration A devastating July 12, 1973, fire at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis, shown in this file photo, destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records. Today, a special team at the center continues working to piece together the remnants, sometimes literally,…

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VA focuses national attention on Suicide Prevention Month 2013

Posted September 6, 2013 by

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is mobilizing people and organizations nationwide to support Veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services. Throughout the month, VA suicide prevention coordinators at all 151 VA medical centers will organize community events, host health fairs, lead training…

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Veterans to receive 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase

Posted December 4, 2013 by

Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Were pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki….

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Care, benefits for vets strengthened by $164 billion VA budget

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the president has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, that will support VAís goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among veterans. The…

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Face of Defense: France honors World War II veterans

Posted July 3, 2014 by PO1 Class David Kolmel

Navy photograph by PO1 David Kolmel Aboard the French FlorÈal-class frigate FS Prairial berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Rear Adm. Anne Cullere, commander in chief of French forces in the Pacific, presents U.S. World War II veteran Shuji Akiyama, whoíd fought with the 100th Battalion, the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor during…

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