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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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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted August 6, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Aug. 6 that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Jobs bill for vets bogs down in Senate

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Kevin Freking

The Senate blocked legislation Sept. 19 that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country’s federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments. Republicans said the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of…

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World War II monument dedicated in Lancaster

Posted November 16, 2012 by Linda KC Reynolds

Antelope Valley Veterans of ‘The Greatest Generation’ were honored with the unveiling of a World War II monument replica, Nov. 12 during a celebration at the Lancaster Cemetery Veterans Day. “With the average age of 92, World War II veterans are leaving us way too fast,” said Bob Alvis, president of the Friends of the…

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Arlington Cemetery debuts upgraded welcome center

Posted January 28, 2013 by Jim Dresbach

Arlington National Cemetery's endeavor to inform of its past and to educate visitors continued to move forward Jan. 20, with the official opening of a revamped welcome center.

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New automation process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times by more than half

Posted March 20, 2013 by

As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days…

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Arlington ceremony honors fallen service women

Posted May 29, 2013 by Marine Corps Cpl. Christofer P. Baines

The Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues and senior women enlisted military members gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here May 22 for the 16th annual recognition ceremony.

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Former USS Solace survivor laid to rest

Posted July 26, 2013 by PO2 Tiarra Fulgham

A Pearl Harbor survivor was laid to rest during an ash scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 24. Family members of Yeoman 1st Class Alphonse “Al” Vanden Brul scattered his remains, along with a portion of his late wife’s, into the harbor where he will be reunited with…

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Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

Posted October 17, 2013 by Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, citing Swenson’s heroism during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.

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Reservist leads project to connect American public, veterans

Posted January 8, 2014 by Donna Miles

The idea germinated shortly after Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bernardi returned from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. A professor and chair of San Francisco State University’s cinema department, Bernardi found a distinct disconnect between the Special Forces soldiers whose operations he had spent much of his deployment documenting and the civilian community he had…

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