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Arlington Cemetery expansion continues into Fort Myer South Post

Posted January 29, 2014 by Jim Dresbach

With the construction of the Millennium Project and the Navy Annex expansion, burials at Arlington National Cemetery and inurnments will be available to veterans and service members for the next half century.

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AF lays to rest an ‘American hero’

Posted January 27, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Friends, family members, political leaders, former prisoners of war and service members paid their respects as an Air Force Ace was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 23.

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VA offers $600 million to support services for homeless vet families

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Veterans Affairs Department officials announced Jan. 14 the availability of about $600 million in grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program for nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income veteran families occupying permanent housing. “Those who have served our nation should never find themselves on the streets, living without hope,” VA…

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Reservist leads project to connect American public, veterans

Posted January 8, 2014 by Donna Miles

The idea germinated shortly after Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bernardi returned from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. A professor and chair of San Francisco State University’s cinema department, Bernardi found a distinct disconnect between the Special Forces soldiers whose operations he had spent much of his deployment documenting and the civilian community he had…

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Residents at local vet home their retirement years

Posted January 8, 2014 by Diane Betzler

Lawrence Hawkins is a man on a mission; Hawkins is the supervising rehabilitation therapist at the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., and his mission is to offer retired American veterans the very best quality that life has to offer for those who live at the local home.

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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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