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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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VA reaches out to veterans about the health care law

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable…

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NASDVA joins fully developed claims community of practice Effort

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs Aug. 8 welcomed the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs to the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice, which was established in May to speed the processing of Veteransí disability compensation claims by promoting the early submission of all available evidence needed by VA to reach a disability…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 7, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Emerald Coast pays tribute to Air Force legend

Posted August 5, 2013 by A1C Christopher Callaway

Nearly 1,000 service members, veterans and citizens from across the nation paid their respects to the life and legacy of a retired Air Force colonel during a funeral service Aug. 1 on Okaloosa Island, Fla.

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VA grants up to one year of retroactive veterans benefits

Posted August 2, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Aug. 1 that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits. The retroactive benefits, which are in effect Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. 5, 2015, are a result of a comprehensive legislative package passed by…

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Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP Keating

Posted July 29, 2013 by Gary Sheftick

  President Barack Obama announced July 26 that Army SSgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his “conspicuous gallantry” in Afghanistan. Carter will receive the nation’s highest award for valor Aug. 26, 2013, for his defense of Combat Outpost Keating, in a remote mountain valley of Nuristan province in…

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B-52 CONECT: A reboot for the Digital Age

Posted July 29, 2013 by A1C Joseph Raatz

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Robert Horstman Munitions on display demonstrate the full capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress, a bomber in the Air Force. One thing is certain: it’s not your father’s B-52. The B-52 Stratofortress has been the†Air Force’s star long-range strategic heavy bomber and premier standoff weapon for more than 50 years. For…

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Post-9/11 GI Bill celebrates fourth anniversary

Posted July 29, 2013 by

Aug. 1, marks the fourth anniversary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The VA has issued approximately $30 billion in Post 9/11 GI-Bill benefit payments since its inception in August 2009 and helped nearly 1 million service members, veterans and their families pursue their education. ìThe Post-9/11 GI Bill has helped many of our Nationís Veterans…

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Hagel praises, thanks Korean War veterans

Posted July 26, 2013 by

  July 27 marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today praising and thanking the Korean War veterans “who stepped forward to serve at a defining time in our history.” Here is the text of the secretary’s statement: I am honored…

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