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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Posted July 23, 2014 by Lillian Boyd

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, for his bravery in combat at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.

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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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Smartphone app coming for Arlington National Cemetery

Posted June 28, 2012 by by Gary Sheftick

A new smartphone app, due out this fall, will be able to provide a virtual tour of Arlington National Cemetery, list events there and help visitors locate gravesites. The new application will be available to the public...

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Employers court troops, spouses, vets at job fairs

Posted August 7, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

Transitioning service members, military spouses and veterans attending hundreds of job fairs around the country like one held in Hampton, Va., Aug. 2 are finding themselves on the proverbial red carpet as employers pack arenas...

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Airman missing from World War II identified

Posted October 3, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 28 that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Samuel E. Lunday, of Marianna, Fla., was buried Sept. 28 at…

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Upcoming reunions, November 2012

Posted November 19, 2012 by

Nov. 28-30: Old Antarctic Explorer Assn. For more information, contact Bob Gaboury at (805) 322-3955 or email bobgaboury@gmail.com.  

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 1, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” instead of an expiration date. Since December, retiree cards issued have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will take effect based on Medicare eligibility, Air Force Personnel Center officials…

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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted April 1, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting period between retiring…

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VA hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal

Posted June 5, 2013 by

Expands access to care, outreach efforts, directs nationwide community mental health summits The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 3 that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamaís Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military…

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