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WWII veteran reunites with former aircraft

Posted April 17, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Shelley Gregory

Reunions between old friends are typically full of joy, laughter and shared memories - especially when more than 50 years have passed between meetings.

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DOD to disinter USS Oklahoma unaccounted for service members

Posted April 15, 2015 by

The Department of Defense announced April 14 that the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines, associated with the USS Oklahoma, will be exhumed later this year.

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VA extends program for veterans with traumatic brain injury

Posted April 13, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 13 the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 extended this program through October 2017. We are pleased to extend this valuable program and…

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Posted March 25, 2015 by Diana Bachert

Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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Over 27,000 burial sites to open at Arlington next year

Posted March 23, 2015 by David Vergun

Army photograph by Patrick Bloodgood Construction crews move dirt and prepare the ground at the Arlington National Cemetery Millennium Expansion Project, Feb. 19, 2014. The project also involves restoring an impaired stream that runs through the area. In 2016, Arlington National Cemetery, or ANC, will open “an additional 27,282 burial opportunities,” Patrick K. Hallinan told…

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SecNav commemorates Battle of Iwo Jima

Posted March 23, 2015 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus arrived on Iwo To, the island formerly known as Iwo Jima, March 21 to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Posted March 18, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games. Applications can be completed online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, and will be accepted through May 15. Veterans ages 55 and older who are enrolled for VA care are eligible to participate. The 2015 National Veterans…

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VA eliminates net worth as health care eligibility factor

Posted March 18, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve. Effective 2015, the VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and…

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VA establishes MyVA advisory committee

Posted March 16, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced March 13 the establishment of the MyVA Advisory Committee. The committee brings together skilled experts from the private, non-profit and government sectors to assist in reorienting the Department to better meet the needs of Veterans. This committee is charged with advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with a focus…

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VA accelerates deployment of nationwide opioid therapy tool

Posted March 9, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accelerating the deployment of a state-of-the-art tool to help protect Veteran patients using high doses of opioids or with medical risk factors that put them at an increased risk of complications from opioid medications. The tool, referred to as the Opioid Therapy Risk Report, is being made available now…

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