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Army Identifies Missing Black Hawk Crew After Suspending Search

By Sarah Sicard | Aug 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Aug. 20, the Army released the names of the five soldiers who went missing Aug. 15 in the waters near Oahu, Hawaii, when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed. The crew has been identified as 1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen Cantrell, Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam, Sgt. Michael Nelson, and Chief Warrant…

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Navy To Remove 7th Fleet Commander Following Fitzgerald, McCain Collisions

By Jared Keller | Aug 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Navy intends to remove Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the 7th Fleet, from his position amid an investigation into four incidents involving the crucial Pacific battle group that resulted in the deaths of multiple sailors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Aug. 22 News of Aucoin’s ouster came amid an operational…

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Legislative Headlines

Trump Signs Forever GI Bill Into Law, Boosting Aid To Student Vets

By Lauren Katzenberg | Aug 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

President Donald Trump signed an expansion of veterans education benefits Wednesday, boosting aid by $3 billion over the next 10 years and extending assistance to some veterans and dependents who didn’t qualify. Trump signed the bill — dubbed the “Forever GI Bill” by its supporters – at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with little…

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Army veteran becomes first woman to lead big three veterans service organization

By USVM | Aug 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Retired Army veteran Delphine Metcalf-Foster was recently elected National Commander of the nearly 1.3 million-member DAV (Disabled American Veterans) at the organization’s 96th National Convention. She becomes the first woman veteran, as well as African-American female, to assume the organization’s highest post. She is also the first female elected to lead one of the country’s…

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VA Headlines

New Mexico VA Denied 90% Of Gulf War Illness Claims

By Jared Keller | Aug 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Albuquerque office denied 592 of 640 Gulf War illness claims it received in fiscal year 2015, the latest year for which data are available, giving it the ninth-lowest approval rate in the VA complex. A June report from the Government Accountability Office found that approval rates throughout the VA…

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The VA Was Just Forced To Rehire Fired Director Of DC Hospital

By Lauren Katzenberg | Aug 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs was forced to take back the director of the Washington VA Medical Center who was fired in July after VA officials discovered the hospital was putting patients at risk. The Merit Systems Protection Board, which hears appeals from terminated federal employees, ordered the VA to send former director Brian Hawkins back to…

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