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Veterans bury memories of fallen soldiers

The men were saying goodbye once again to those who did not come home from Vietnam. Inside the stainless steel-lined coffin-shaped vault were flowers, letters, photos, jewelry and other mementos left at the base of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall during its 10-day stay earlier this month at Rose Hills.

Service Members Receive Veteran’s Affairs Tuition Assistance

Our Armed Forces veterans make quite a few sacrifices, both on the battlefield and throughout their time served, both home and abroad. Some give their lives in the service of the United States. Others come home from battle with injuries. For many, these injuries include permanent disabilities that make it difficult for them to be employed as civilians.

Regional Veterans News 4/10/10

Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Redondo Beach, California, Clarksville, Tennessee, Schaumburg, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Washington, DC, Whittier, California, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Charlotte, North Carolina, Bay City, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas.

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South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) in San Antonio, Texas, is among six organizations recognized by The Quality Texas Foundation for Achievement in Organizational Excellence for effective and systematic approaches to organizational management. South Texas is in good company with Raytheon and Baylor Medical Center among those recognized by the Foundation. The Quality Texas Foundation is a non-profit corporation focused on quality assessment and feedback, education, training, and recognition to help businesses, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and government agencies improve performance.

Regional Veterans News 4/9/10

Regional stories on veterans' health, education and other benefits and issues today from Hernando, Mississippi, Oroville, California, Rochester, Minnesota, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Lompoc, California, Ottawa, Illinois, Harrington, Delaware, Santa Cruz, California, St George, Utah, and Bath, New York.

The Post 9-11 G.I Bill and You!

There's a brand new Post-9/11 GI Bill many eligible service members have not heard of. Looking to further your higher education? Are you a veteran with at least 90 days of service at this point? This is the measure, passed on August 1, 2009, that is going to help you do just that. Veterans who have served and continue to serve their country and their country have responded, passing the greatest increase in veteran benefits since the first GI bill passed after World War II.

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The U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a group that claims to raise money for vets and their families, has been ordered to stop fundraising in New Mexico. The office of state Attorney General Gary King determined two of the officers of the state chapter are listed at fictitious addresses, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported.

Regional Veterans News 4/8/10

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Regional Veterans News 4/7/10

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Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? About one in five women and one in a hundred men seen in VA medical facilities report that they experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST); that is, sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred during military service. MST can affect veterans' physical and mental health many years after the event.

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* From the VA * VA's spending obligations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 have surpassed $1.1 billion, a tribute...

Regional Veterans News 3/6/10

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Regional Veterans News 4/5/10

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Regional Veterans News 4/4/10

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VA is establishing new partnerships with five of the country’s finest nursing schools to strengthen its nurse corps. These new VA Nursing Academy partnerships will expand the number of collaborations between the department and nursing schools from 10 to 15. “The expanded role of VA in the education of nurses will ensure the department has the nurses needed to continue our world-class health care for Veterans,” said Dr. Linda D. Johnson, director of VA Nursing Academy.

Regional Veterans News 4/3/10

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Regional Veterans News 4/2/10

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Formerly homeless Veteran, Jeffery Anderson has stabilized home and family thanks to his new job at the Waco, Texas, VA Regional Office. In response to Secretary Shinseki’s charge to end homelessness among Veterans within five years, the Waco VA Regional Office began a Homeless Veterans Hiring Initiative.

Regional Veterans News 4/1/10

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The VA Regional Office in Boise, Idaho, was recently recognized by an independent group for reducing its environmental impact. The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded its “gold” rating for the construction design of the 25,000 square-foot facility. Three other VA facilities have been cited by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for their programs. The Reno Regional Office in Nevada received a LEED “silver” rating. The Fort Harrison Regional Office in Montana and the Oakland Mental Health Clinic in California each received a LEED-certified rating. LEED is a leading, independent rating system based on environmental assessments of buildings

Regional Veterans News 3/31/10

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Regional Veterans News 3/30/10

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Regional Veterans News 3/29/10

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Regional Veterans News 3/27/10

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Regional Veterans News 3/26/10

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Regional Veterans News 3/25/10

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VA Pittsburgh’s University Drive Division hosted a Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) for more than 335 members of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania Army National Guard earlier this year. Members of the National Guard, who returned from Iraq this past fall, received information about VA health care services and resources available to them through VA Pittsburgh and local veteran service organizations.

Regional Veterans News 3/24/10

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The last item in the Washington Times (3/24, Fales, 77K) "Sgt. Shaft" column offers thanks "to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for directing VA attention to Persian Gulf War veterans." After noting that a "special task force has nearly completed a comprehensive report that will redefine how VA addresses the pain and suffering of ill veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991," the Times quotes Gulf War vet John R. Gingrich, the task force's chairman, who said, "Reaching out to Gulf War veterans is not only essential to our transformation of VA; for many of us it is also personal."

Regional Veterans News 3/21/10

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Regional Veterans News 3/20/10

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VA Attempting To Make It Easier For Iraq, Afghan Vets To Obtain Disability Benefits. In a story published by at least 74 news sources, the AP (3/19, Hefling) reports, ―The Veterans Affairs Department took steps Thursday to make it easier‖ for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans ―to get disability benefits.

Regional Veterans News 3/19/10

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In a story published by at least 113 news sources, the AP (3/18) reports the Office of Inspector General, the "internal watchdog" for the Veterans Affairs Department, "says VA medical centers need to give compensation and pension medical exams to veterans sooner in order to expedite disability claims."

Regional Veterans News 3/18/10

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Find out What's Inside Today's Local News for Veterans VA NWIHCS To Host Women Veterans Focus Group. VA Sued For Violating Veteran's Free-Speech Right. ...

Regional Veterans News 3/17/10

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The New York Times (3/16, A14, Schwartz, 1.09M) reports, "Many veterans...have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq burdened by post-traumatic stress, drug dependency and other problems.

Regional Veterans News 3/16/10

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