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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted February 20, 2013 by Kevin Freking

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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Medal of Honor awarded to Army chaplain

Posted April 12, 2013 by David Vergun

An Army chaplain, Capt. Emil J. Kapaun, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, April 11, for his actions leading up to his capture as a prisoner of war in North Korea. President Barack Obama presented the medal to Kapaun’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Ray…

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VA processes nearly all disability claims pending more than two years

Posted July 2, 2013 by

Over 2 Years, Moves to Complete Those Older Than 1 Year The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over…

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted August 16, 2013 by Ellen Crown

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Technology helps remember fallen, ensures memories live on

Posted November 13, 2013 by Karen Abeyasekere

It was a damp, foggy morning in October, amidst a sea of marble headstones; the sound of bells chiming out seemed to echo the air of somberness all around at Madingley American Cemetery, near Cambridge, England.

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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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Vets home to host fundraiser for fighter plane

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In honor of its namesake and the aerospace community that it serves, the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., recently acquired a F-100 Super Sabre for permanent display. The Board of Director of the East Kern Airport District voted in December of last year to donate the surplus supersonic jet fighter to…

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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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