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POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Posted February 25, 2013 by Amber Baillie

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 21-22, 2013. A prisoner of war held in the “Hanoi Hilton” for five and a half years shared…

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Hagel eliminates distinguished warfare medal

Posted April 17, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced April 15. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards. Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked Army…

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Remains of missing Vietnam soldiers laid to rest in Arlington

Posted July 10, 2013 by Julia Henning

Remains of three soldiers who had been aboard a UH-1H “Huey” Iroquois that crashed June 30, 1970, in Vietnam, were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, July 2, 2013. During a funeral at the cemetery, a single casket was interred. That casket contained remains of 1st Lt. Richard Dyer, Sgt. 1st Class Juan Colon-Diaz,…

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VA announces big expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’

Posted August 31, 2013 by Karen Parrish

As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced Aug. 29 that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program. Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told reporters during a…

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Candy Bomber drops in 65 years after Berlin Airlift

Posted November 15, 2013 by SSgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla

It was 1948, World War II was over and the Cold War had begun. For many German families, living conditions were tough and food was scarce. But for the children of Berlin, there was a glimmer of hope, and it came from the sky.

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Obama presents long-overdue Medals of Honor to 24 soldiers

Posted March 19, 2014 by J.D. Leipold

Twenty-four U.S. Army veterans from three wars - World War II, Korea and Vietnam - received upgrades to the highest military decoration for uncommon bravery and gallantry at a White House ceremony May 18.

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VA announces $5 million in grants to aid homeless veterans with special needs

Posted June 30, 2014 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 26 that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs. The Grant and Per Diem Program Special Need Grants – totaling $5 million to grantees – will allow the organizations to…

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Posted November 5, 2014 by Stuart Ibberson

In 1914, World War I started in Europe. As the continent and much of the world marks the 100th anniversary, one commemoration has really struck a cord. The art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in England is made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies placed in the moat…

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DOD, VA partnership key in treating brain trauma

Posted March 21, 2012 by

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said March 19 during a roundtable discussion on new advances in the field. Kathy Helmick, deputy director for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, at the Defense Centers of Excellence, emphasized the importance of…

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Federal court reverses order for VA system overhaul

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Paul Elias

A federal appeals court reversed its demand that the Veterans Affairs Department dramatically overhaul its mental health care system. A special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said May 7 that any such overhaul needs to be ordered by Congress or the president. The 10-1 ruling reversed an earlier decision by…

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