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Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

Posted September 6, 2013 by Pete Yost

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite…

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VA focuses national attention on Suicide Prevention Month 2013

Posted September 6, 2013 by

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is mobilizing people and organizations nationwide to support Veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services. Throughout the month, VA suicide prevention coordinators at all 151 VA medical centers will organize community events, host health fairs, lead training…

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Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

Posted August 31, 2013 by AP

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Aug 29 that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said that a federal code defining a spouse as a person of…

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Raytheon awards scholarships to student veterans

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Raytheon recently awarded $10,000 scholarships to three military veterans pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. The three recipients have also demonstrated leadership in their local communities. The scholarships are part of Raytheon’s support of Student Veterans of America, which provides veterans with resources, support and advocacy to succeed in higher education and the…

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VA announces big expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’

Posted August 31, 2013 by Karen Parrish

As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced Aug. 29 that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program. Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told reporters during a…

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Army launches 50th anniversary commemoration of Vietnam War

Posted August 31, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Army photograph by J.D. Leipold Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell praises nine Vietnam War veterans for their service, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Pentagon’s kick-off of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, which spanned from 1965 to 1975.   The afternoon in the Pentagon auditorium on Aug. 28 was…

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National plan supports veterans mental health, brain injury care

Posted August 16, 2013 by Ellen Crown

Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 14 to discuss the future of veteransí mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts at the Military Health System Research Symposium. Discussion leaders included Health Affairs Director of Medical Research Dr. Terry Rauch, Acting Chief Officer…

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Marine missing from Korean War identified

Posted August 12, 2013 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Aug. 9 that the remains of a service member, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Corps Pfc. Jonathan R. Posey Jr., 20, of Dallas, will be buried Aug. 12 in Arlington…

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DOD, VA establish two multi-institutional consortia to research PTSD, TBI

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In response to President Obama’s Executive Order, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs highlighted Aug. 10 the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury over a five-year period. “VA is proud to join…

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Obama: Veterans programs making progress

Posted August 12, 2013 by Jim Garamone

In a speech to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention Aug. 10 in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama described the progress made by programs designed to give veterans the support they need. Following an introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama – who has made support to veterans her signature issue – the president said Americans…

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