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Default Air Force Logo VA plans new national cemetery in Florida
The Department of Veterans Affairs has named the future national cemetery to be constructed near Sarasota, Fla., as the "Sarasota VA National Cemetery." Located on a 295-acre site in Sarasota County along State Route 72, the new cemetery becomes operational in late 2008. It provides burial space for nearly 400,000 veterans and their families who
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Fall is best time to get flu shots
Fall is the best time to get the flu vaccination in the United States, according to health officials. This gives the body a chance to build up immunity before the winter flu season. "Tricare beneficiaries should check with their local military treatment facility or primary care manager to find out when and where they are offering the flu vaccine,"
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Air Force changing details for retiree funerals
Manpower cuts and a high operations tempo, plus more retiree funerals than ever in Air Force history, mean base honor guards Air Force-wide will change the way they perform retiree funerals starting Nov. 1. The formal 10-person funeral will no longer be authorized for retiree funerals. The funeral detail will now consist of seven people who will
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Tricare adds coverage for breast cancer MRI screenings
Recognizing the importance of early detection, the Tricare Management Activity recently changed its policy, adding coverage for Magnetic Resonance Imaging screening for women at high risk of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society has clear guidelines defining "high risk" which doctors can use to determine who qualifies for the
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Holiday deadlines rapidly approaching for troop support
While the holidays may still seem far away, Americans hoping to show their support to deployed troops must be aware of some rapidly approaching deadlines. According to the Military Postal Service Agency, mail going parcel post must be sent by Nov. 14, while first-class mail must be sent by Dec. 10 to arrive by Dec. 25. Besides deadlines, several
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Mach flight propels Yeager, Air Force into history
It was just another test mission for then-Capt. Chuck Yeager. Captain Yeager arrived at Muroc Air Force Base, Calif., the morning of Oct. 14, 1947, for what would be his ninth powered flight piloting the Bell X-1. Each of the previous flights demonstrated incremental speed increases as the aircraft neared the theoretical threshold known as the
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Famous Flying Tiger ace dies
Famous Flying Tigers ace and Texas Air National Guardsman Brig. Gen. David Lee "Tex'' Hill died Oct. 11 of congestive heart failure at his home here. He was 92. The general is scheduled for burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. General Hill flew with Gen. Claire Chennault as a member of the Flying Tigers, a volunteer group of American
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo VA seeking former prisoners of war, family members
Veterans Affairs officials are seeking any former prisoners of war or their family members who are not currently using VA benefits and services. The officials are urging them to contact VA to find out if they are eligible for health care, disability compensation and other services. "One of VA's highest priorities is meeting the needs of former
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Three locations offering special days for retirees
Three bases are planning special events for retirees in the coming weeks. The Annual Military Retiree Seminar sponsored by the commanding officer and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base Retired Activities Office in Groton, Conn., takes place 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 in the base's Dealey Center Theater. A valid military identification card is necessary for
0 3/27
2008
Default Air Force Logo Special day is for remembering those who are not home
Retired Lt. Col. John Yuill looks forward to National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day every year. Not because he longs to relive his time in a Vietnamese prison camp, but because he understands how important it is to remember those who have still not made it home. "I love this country," he said. "A country that has a day set aside
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2008
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