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Default Air Force Logo Vietnam Veterans Memorial marks 25th anniversary
With wounds and memories of a long and bitterly protested war still open and raw, and veterans being treated as villains instead of heroes, Army veteran Jan Scruggs conceived building a memorial honoring those who served in Vietnam. Facing more opposition than support, those who believed in the vision saw it through to the end. Nov. 13 marks the
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2008
Default Air Force Logo 'Veterans Pride Initiative' shows support for servicemembers
For veterans to show their support of the U.S. military, especially for the men and women serving overseas in the war on terrorism, acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gordon H. Mansfield called on the nation's 24 million veterans to wear their military decorations on Veterans Day. "By wearing our decorations, we show the world the unity of our
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2008
Default Air Force Logo New legislation affects Tricare supplements
Many Tricare beneficiaries are getting letters from their employer stating they will no longer offer Tricare supplements as an employer-sponsored medical option effective Jan 1. Beneficiaries should look closely at their health-care options, according to Tricare officials. A provision of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal
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2008
Default Air Force Logo New legislation affects Tricare supplements
Many Tricare beneficiaries are getting letters from their employer stating they will no longer offer Tricare supplements as an employer-sponsored medical option effective Jan 1. Beneficiaries should look closely at their health-care options, according to Tricare officials. A provision of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal
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2008
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
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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,"
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2008
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