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VA processes more than 1.3 million veteransí claims in fiscal 2014

Posted October 10, 2014 by

More than 1.3 million Veterans received decisions on their Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation and pension claims in fiscal year 2014 ñ the highest number in VA’s history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking production by more than 150,000 claims. This second year of record-breaking production comes as VA continues to transform the way it provides…

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VA announces appointment of new members to advisory council

Posted January 16, 2015 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. VA will appoint Stephen L. Hauser, MD as committee chair for a term through September, 2016. Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the…

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In memoriam

Posted May 22, 2015 by

Remembering TSgt. Anthony E. Salazar TSgt. Anthony E. Salazar, age 40, died April 13 in a noncombat related incident at an air base in Southwest Asia while serving during Operation Inherent Resolve. Salazar, a native of Hermosa Beach, Calif., was assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron,…

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AVC approves Veterans Resource Center

Posted March 30, 2012 by by Rebecca Amber

March 12, the Antelope Valley College Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Veteran’s Resource Center on the Lancaster, Calif., campus. The center, which will be started with $5,500 provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will service the estimated 500 student veterans attending the…

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Arlington ceremony honors 150th anniversary of taps

Posted May 21, 2012 by by Jim Dresbach

Intermingled with songbirds and reverent silence, 200 buglers from around the country collectively sounded America’s most recognizable bugle call May 19 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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DOD supports job, homeowner proposals for military, veterans

Posted June 21, 2012 by by Donna Miles

The Defense Department supports legislative proposals that would provide increased career support and homeowner protections to military members and veterans, a senior defense official told Congress June 21. “Taking care of our military before, during and after their service to our country is one of the Department of Defense’s highest priorities,” Frederick E. Vollrath, who…

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Program will help transitioning troops get jobs

Posted July 24, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

A redesigned program for service members separating from the military will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said. President Barack Obama announced the revamped program, called “Transition GPS,” in a speech July 23 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Reno, Nev. “I applaud…

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‘Black Knight’ captain helps Vietnam widow claim missing award

Posted September 14, 2012 by Sgt. Quentin Johnson

Courtesy photograph Shelby Harding and Capt. Kyle Hatzinger, commander for Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hold a display case with Harding’s late-husband’s, Steve Harding, award during an award-memorial ceremony for Steve in Augusta, Ga., Sept. 1. Hatzinger presented the Combat Infantryman’s Badge to Shelby on behalf…

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National parks free to all for Veterans Day weekend

Posted November 5, 2012 by

America’s 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10-12 during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release. “National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage – our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred…

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‘Wreaths Across America’ honors fallen service members

Posted December 19, 2012 by Donna Miles

As thousands of volunteers fanned out at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., this past weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite. Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James…

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