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Veterans unemployment rate dropped in 2013

Posted March 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans dropped in 2013, according to Labor Department statistics announced March 20. The unemployment rate fell to 9 percent last year for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez…

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Soldier missing from Vietnam War accounted for

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced March 18 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony. Army SSgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of group on March 21, at Arlington National…

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Care, benefits for vets strengthened by $164 billion VA budget

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the president has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, that will support VAĆ­s goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among veterans. The…

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Upcoming reunions

Posted March 19, 2014 by

April 2-6 15th Med Bn 1st Cav Div. Orlando, Fla. For more information about this reunion, contact Leo Williams at (407) 277-5763 or email dragin52@hotmail.com.   April 3-5 4th Bn 39th Inf Rgt 9th Inf Div (Vietnam, 1966-1969) San Antonio, Texas For more information about this reunion, contact Jim Haines at (303) 809-1815 or email…

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Social Security launches expedited vet disability process

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way the agency currently handles…

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Obama presents long-overdue Medals of Honor to 24 soldiers

Posted March 19, 2014 by J.D. Leipold

Twenty-four U.S. Army veterans from three wars - World War II, Korea and Vietnam - received upgrades to the highest military decoration for uncommon bravery and gallantry at a White House ceremony May 18.

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Centennial World War I commemoration effort gears up

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

It was called The Great War even as it was going on. It engulfed the world, and the world is still feeling its effects. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and U.S. officials are gearing up to mark the centennial. In his day job, Robert J. Dalessandro is…

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Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted March 3, 2014 by Deb Riechmann

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter? While tattered yellow ribbons still…

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Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor

Posted February 28, 2014 by Elizabeth M. Collins

The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

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Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted February 21, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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