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VA requiring employees to work overtime

Posted May 17, 2013 by Kevin Freking

More than 10,000 workers who handle disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs will be required to work at least 20 hours of overtime each month in an effort reduce a sizable backlog, the department announced May 15. The overtime requirement will last through September and comes as many federal workers face furloughs because…

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VA health care facilities named to 2013 ‘most wired’ hospitals list

Posted July 22, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association, is the result of a national survey aimed at…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted October 11, 2013 by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are…

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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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Students clear land to help wounded warrior

Posted April 30, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

Armed with rakes, hoes and whole lot of spirit, Lancaster High School students worked hard to clear and clean land in preparation of an expected May 6 groundbreaking ceremony to build a specially adapted “Smart Home” for Antelope Valley Army Veteran Jerral Hancock and his family.

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Remains of airmen missing since WWII accounted for

Posted August 8, 2014 by Matthew Brown

The remains of two missing airmen have been accounted for 70 years after they disappeared when their plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II, U.S. military officials said. The remains of 1st Lts. William Bernier and Bryant Poulsen were identified through DNA and other evidence collected from the crash site in…

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Obama announces military-to-civilian skills certification program

Posted June 4, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

President Barack Obama announced a new presidential initiative aimed at preparing service members for civilian employment June 1. Obama provided details about the military-to-civilian certification program during his visit to a Honeywell International Inc. plant in Golden Valley, Minn. Defense contractor Honeywell reportedly has hired hundreds of military veterans at its plants and facilities since…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted July 5, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 5today that the remains of six servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, were recently identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Air Force Col. Joseph Christiano of Rochester, N.Y.; Col. Derrell B. Jeffords of Florence, S.C.; Lt….

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Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

Posted August 13, 2012 by by Eric Tucker

The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson’s Humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant’s neck and left him with collapsed lungs – and without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emotional wound for a then-23-year-old who envisioned starting a…

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Marines missing in action from World War II identified

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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 2 that the remains of seven servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being buried with full military honors. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Laverne A. Lallathin of Raymond, Wash.; 2nd Lt. Dwight D. Ekstam of Moline, Ill.; 2nd Lt. Walter…

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