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Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted March 3, 2014 by Deb Riechmann

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter? While tattered yellow ribbons still…

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VA committed to veterans’ health, well-being, official says

Posted June 27, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges systemic issues of timeliness in providing veterans with health care and is committed to fixing unacceptable patient scheduling practices, a senior VA official told Congress June 23. Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations, Veterans Health Administration, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee alongside…

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The long road home: Lewis-McChord honors Vietnam veterans

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sgt. Cody Quinn

Capt. James Ferguson was returning home. He had flown halfway around the world, from Saigon to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and was looking forward to being in the country he spent the last 365 days fighting for.

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Nisei veterans honored with France’s highest award

Posted January 26, 2015 by PO2 Brain M. Wilbur

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., was among a group of more than 300 who gathered for the awarding of the French Legion of Honor to 34 World War II Nisei veterans of the 100th Battalion 442nd Regiment, Jan. 23 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

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VA on track to break claims backlog

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says VA is on track toward meeting one of the top priorities he set on arrival at the department three years ago: breaking the back of the disability claims backlog. VA spent the last two years creating an automated tool to make claims determinations faster and more accurate, he…

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DOD, VA announce joint health record milestone

Posted May 22, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin and SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments announced a milestone in their effort to combine their health records in what will become the world’s largest electronic system by 2017, the secretaries of...

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DOD, VA partner to help prevent suicide

Posted June 21, 2012 by By Cheryl Pellerin

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his agency is working with the Defense Department to end veteran homelessness and to identify possible contributors to service member and veteran suicide. On the first day of the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Shinseki – a retired Army general, former Army chief…

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CalVet awards $270,000 to county veteran offices

Posted July 25, 2012 by

The California Department of Veterans Affairs announced July 24 that it will award a total of $270,000 to County Veteran Service Offices in six counties.

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As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Dan Elliott

Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered – forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones. “We’re going back to school, we have full-time jobs, we have families and kids,” said Marco Bongioanni,…

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Companies offer specials for veterans

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2012: Applebee’s is offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. There will be seven entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.   California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11-12, 2012. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage…

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