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President signs Clay Hunt Act, says ‘Stigma has to end’

Posted February 18, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

President Barack Obama Feb. 12 signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act. The act is aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care. Hunt was a decorated Marine veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress. He deployed to Iraq and…

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Survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack dies at 100

Posted February 11, 2015 by AP

YUBA CITY, Calif. – The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died in Northern California at the age of 100. Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Langdell died Feb. 4 at a nursing home in Yuba City, according to his son, Ted Langdell….

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Edwards Airmen celebrate Super Bowl with local retired veterans

Posted February 6, 2015 by Diane Betzler

What better way to spend one of America’s most favorite past times than munching on a good meal and watching the Super Bowl with folks who understand what your service has meant to your country and fellow countrymen?

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Reunions – February thru April, 2015

Posted February 4, 2015 by

374th Field Maint Sqdn., PACAF Feb. 13-14; Biloxi, Miss. For more information, contact Larry Voss at (218) 410-2192 or email levs.22@hotmail.com. 11th Abn/Air Assault Div Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and 187th RCT Feb. 21-25; Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information, contact Artie Heape at (843) 846-4693 or email artieheape@centurylink.net. Seabees in Ireland & Scotland, NMCB 62 Feb….

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World War II’s 1st Special Service Force honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Posted February 4, 2015 by J.D. Leipold

Forty-two veterans of the original 1,800 commandos that made up the World War II U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force were honored in the Capitol, Feb. 3, as recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award for distinguished achievement the U.S. Congress can bestow

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VA announces single regional framework under MyVA initiative

Posted January 26, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Jan. 26 that it is taking the first steps under the MyVA initiative to realign its many organizational maps into one map with five regions to better serve Veterans. The new regions under the MyVA alignment will allow VA to begin the process of integrating disparate organizational boundaries into…

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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 announces appointment of new members to advisory council

Posted January 16, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. VA will appoint Stephen L. Hauser, MD as committee chair for a term through September, 2016. Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the…

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Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Posted January 14, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration began in early January and will close April 15. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological…

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Report: Agent Orange planes hold risk years after Vietnam

Posted January 12, 2015 by

The health of some U.S. Air Force reservists could have been put at risk from the residue left in planes that sprayed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, the Institute of Medicine reported Jan. 9. There’s not much data about the level of contamination, but limited testing years later make it plausible that some reservists…

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