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DOD, VA make progress in integrating health records

Posted March 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are making progress on integrating the health records of service members and veterans, senior government officials told the House Veterans Affairs Committee Feb. 27. President Barack Obama directed the two departments to create a seamless system of integration for medical records. ìThe direction was clear: When a member of…

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First Lady unveils certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted May 1, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

White House photograph by Chuck Kennedy First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, April 29, 2013. The First Lady announced the IT Training and Certification Partnership, a new public-private partnership that will enable thousands of service members…

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Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health concerns

Posted July 17, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and Army medicine moves into the future, behavioral health concerns will remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the Army, said Surgeon General…

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VA announces award of patient-centered community care contracts

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 that Veterans will have greater access to quality health care through a new initiative: Patient-Centered Community Care. PCCC is an innovative solution that helps VA medical centers continue to provide quality care efficiently, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. This will be a valuable option…

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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

Posted December 11, 2013 by

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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Hagel orders overhaul of POW/MIA identification agencies

Posted April 2, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 31 that he’s ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon agencies responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of America’s war dead. The reorganization seeks to consolidate the mission, improve efficiency and increase the number of remains identified by the two key agencies charged with POW-MIA accounting efforts — the…

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Airman’s remains returned home 62 years after his death

Posted July 21, 2014 by SrA. Sarah Hall-Kirchner

The remains of 17 service members were recovered by the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command and Joint Task Force team from a 1952 aircraft crash site.

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Don McLean recalls his tour of service during the Korean War

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Diane Betzler

At age 20, Don McLean was a private first class in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was too young to vote, but old enough to be trained on how to fire a 50-caliber machine gun. McLean was part of a half-track armored vehicle team. He served in the Korean War fighting alongside America’s allies to…

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Black Flag: Taking care of those who wait

Posted May 29, 2012 by by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

The POW/MIA flag symbolizes the efforts of Department of Defense leaders and the commitment of the American public to recover the more than 83,000 Americans still missing since World War II. To this day hundreds of Defense Department men and women, both military and civilian, work in organizations…

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Reunions – July 2012

Posted June 27, 2012 by

July 2-6: Iowa BB 61 Vets Assn San Pedro, Calif. For more information, call Paul Ogg at (360) 692-6032 or email kjoggpr@aol.com.   July 3-5: Yarnall DD 541 Baton Rouge, La. For more information, call Noah Mathias at (513) 922-7454 or email nmathias@fuse.net.   July 11-15: Holland AS 32 Seattle, Wash. For more information, call…

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