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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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Centennial World War I commemoration effort gears up

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

It was called The Great War even as it was going on. It engulfed the world, and the world is still feeling its effects. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and U.S. officials are gearing up to mark the centennial. In his day job, Robert J. Dalessandro is…

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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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Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor

Posted February 28, 2014 by Elizabeth M. Collins

The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

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Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted February 21, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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Veteran Reunions

Posted February 19, 2014 by

Feb. 21-23 Vietnam Heli Pilots Assn Ohio River LZ Chapter Louisville, Ky. For more information, contact Bob Hamilton at (502) 845-2914 or email captbob757@aol.com. Feb. 21-23 East Coast All-Seabee Reunion Hampton, Va. For more information, contact Bruce MacDougall at (804) 921-4753 or email seabeemacd40@verizon.net . Feb. 23-25 11th Abn Div Assn Mid-Atlantic Chapter – 11th…

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VA launches online tool to calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Posted February 14, 2014 by Department of Veterans Affairs News Release

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department Feb. 4 launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are…

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Unknown World War II U.S. soldier receives France’s highest award

Posted February 12, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

French President Francois Hollande has presented the Legion of Honor, France’s highest military award, to the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony was part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that led to the liberation of Europe.

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POW receives medal seven decades later

Posted February 10, 2014 by Pascual Flores

For a former U.S. Army Air Force veteran, a seven-decade long wait ended when Col. James C. Hodges, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 87th Air Base Wing commander, presented the former prisoner of war the POW Medal for services during World War II, Jan. 27, 2014

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DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted February 7, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image Management Solution electronic…

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