VA Announces Same-Day Care for Veterans at All Facilities

On Jan. 12 the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs announced that all of its more than 1,000 health care facilities will now offer same-day service for veterans with urgent primary care or mental health needs. Same-day service means that a veteran who experiences a need for urgent primary care or mental health care will be ...

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President Trump Signs Executive Order for Veterans Assistance

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump aims to ensure that all transitioning service members have access to mental health care through the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) at least a year after they leave active duty. "We must ensure that our veterans are given the care and support they so richly deserve. That is ...

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This Is Why Some Sailors Wear Gold Stripes, and Some Wear Red

The short answer? Twelve years of good conduct. In the Navy, there are many different ways to reward a sailor for their excellent work performance, like a promotion in rank or special liberty (time off). On the contrary, there are also several ways to discipline a sailor, for instance using non-judicial punished or Captain’s Mast. A ...

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Veterans Who Volunteered for Chemical/Bio Tests May Be Eligible For Healthcare

The Army has announced that veterans who participated in chemical or biological substance testing between 1942 and 1975 may be eligible for healthcare if they have an injury or disease that they believe was caused by their participation. This announcement comes in light of a class action lawsuit filed by the Vietnam Veterans of America ...

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VetsinTech Hosting ‘Invasion In Silicon Valley’ Event For Veterans

Calling all veterans interested in a career in the tech field! VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, while connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment. VIT will be hosting an event for ...

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New Military Retirement System To Take Effect Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2018, the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System will go into effect, bringing about the most comprehensive changes to military benefits and pay in the last 70 years. The USBRS is a combination of the current Defined Benefit retirement pension system, Defined Contribution system and government contributions through the Thrift Savings Plan. The ...

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President Trump Releases National Security Strategy

"Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values." - Donald Trump President Donald Trump has unveiled a new National Security Strategy which aims to "set a positive strategic direction for the United States, restore ...

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Happy Birthday, National Guard!

On Dec. 13, 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony organized the first militia regiments in North America – citizens who were ready at a moment’s notice to take up arms and defend their colony. These early Minute Men were crucial to the defense of the colonies. Nearly 400 years later the National Guard has served in ...

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10 Great Songs About War and the Military (You May Not Know)

Modern music has done much in the way of impacting how society views many topics. From protest songs to historical accounts, artists have written their share of songs about war and the military. I'm not quite breaking new ground with this list, but I thought it would be interesting to examine some of my ...

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8 Gifts For Veterans: A Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! It's time for spikin' the family egg nog, throwing snowballs at the neighborhood carolers, airings of grievances, feats of strength, putting up with Uncle Ted's drunken charades while he refuses to pass the mashed potatoes and, of course, not knowing what the hell to buy the military veteran ...

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