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Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted March 1, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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Faith in captivity: Vietnam War POW inspires Airmen

Posted May 1, 2013 by SSgt. Jenna Hildebrand

With his hands bound in manacles, an imprisoned Air Force pilot watched from his bamboo holding cell as North Vietnamese soldiers moved a wounded American prisoner into the cell across from his.

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VA grants will expand transportation in highly rural areas

Posted July 15, 2013 by

Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas. The VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans…

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Missing airmen from Vietnam War identified

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Department of Defense officials with the POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced Sept. 19 that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors Sept. 23…

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted December 9, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VAs national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered…

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Half of vets on G.I. Bill graduate, report estimates

Posted March 24, 2014 by Pauline Jelinek

A little more than half of the veterans who got college money under the GI Bill since 2009 eventually graduated, though many took longer to do it, a new study estimates. The report released March 214 estimated that 51.7 percent of student veterans earned a degree or certificate for some kind of higher education. That’s…

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Acting VA secretary outlines problems, actions taken

Posted July 18, 2014 by

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics. “The trust that is the foundation of all we do – the trust of…

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Doolittle Raider visits museum for 70th anniversary event

Posted April 19, 2012 by Air Force photograph by Ron Fry

Maj. Thomas C. Griffin (right), one of five surviving members of the famous Doolittle Raiders, chats with crewmembers of the Miss Hap B-25 bomber at the National Museum of the United States Air Force April 17, 2012. Griffin and other Raiders are at the museum this week for the 70th anniversary of the…

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All Americans must help shoulder burden of war

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Binding the wounds of war is the priority for our nation, President Barack Obama said during the Memorial Day observance May 28. Representing all Americans, the president placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then spoke at the Memorial Amphitheatre.

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VA boosts staffing, programs to prevent suicide

Posted June 26, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans, the VA undersecretary for health said last week. Speaking at the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Petzel addressed…

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