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TRICARE retiree dental program open for new enrollment

Posted December 28, 2013 by

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program offers comprehensive dental coverage to all enrolled members. Available to retired service members and their family, retired National Guard and Reserve members and their family, Medal of Honor recipients, their family and survivors, TRDP is currently open for enrollment. TRDP covers diagnostic and preventive services, like exams and cleanings at…

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Korean War soldier, recently identified, buried

Posted December 24, 2013 by AP

Sixty-three years after he was killed fighting in Korea, the remains of Army Pfc. Jerry Pat Craig have been buried at the Central Louisiana Military Cemetery in Leesville. “It’s the most joyous occasion I’ve had in a long, long time,” Craig’s niece, Anita Fields-Gold of Lake Charles, said to KPLC TV. “To know he’s home,…

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Pearl Harbor survivor honored during ash scattering at USS Utah Memorial

Posted December 24, 2013 by PO2 Tiarra Fulgham

The ashes of Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Benzion “Barney” Packman, Pearl Harbor survivor, along with ashes of his wife Florence, were scattered in the waters near the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during a ceremony, Dec. 20. Among those in attendance were Barney and Florence’s daughter, Marissa Batt, and…

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Remains of U.S. soldier lost in Korean War come home

Posted December 24, 2013 by AP

Sixty-three years after Army SFC Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport before dawn Dec. 20. Clara Gantt wept as she stood in the cold before the flag-draped casket that was carried from a…

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VA to expand benefits for traumatic brain injury

Posted December 18, 2013 by

Adds five illnesses related to service connected TBI Some veterans with traumatic brain injury who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The new regulation, which takes effect 30 days from today, impacts some…

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Long-time MIA pilot’s remains found, laid to rest

Posted December 16, 2013 by Randy Roughton

Exactly 45 years after an Air Force pilot disappeared over Laos, his family finally had their chance to say their goodbyes in a repatriation ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13.

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Thousands lay wreaths at Arlington gravesites

Posted December 16, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

More than 143,000 wreaths were placed on gravesites, Dec. 14, as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

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Fighter pilot gets hero’s burial

Posted December 16, 2013 by Randy Roughton

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Family, friends and U.S. Air Force members attend the remembrance funeral of Maj. Troy Gilbert Dec. 11, 2013, at Arlington Cemetery, Va. Gilbert was an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot whose aircraft crashed on Nov. 27, 2006 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. Troy Gilberts former wife and their five…

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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

Posted December 11, 2013 by

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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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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