Veterans Day extra special for new U.S. citizens

Veterans Day 2021 will be extra special for 12 military members who will celebrate it as U.S. citizens for the first time. The service members were from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, hailing from 10 different countries. One of the new citizens said becoming a citizen and serving in the military is about giving back and setting a good example. “Becoming a citizen means so much to me

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Oklahoma Guard completes Hurricane Ida relief mission

Following the devastation Hurricane Ida caused in Southern Louisiana, nearly 500 Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard members volunteered to give up their Labor Day weekends to come to the aid of their neighbors. Many Guardsmen said this was not just their job; it was their duty. For almost three weeks, Task Force Oklahoma provided much-needed food, water, ice and other supplies to more than 77,000 families at some 30 points of

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Since 9/11, These 8 Military Medical Advancements are Saving Lives

Since 9/11, the level of medical care for service members, retirees, and their families continues to improve and change, bringing innovations that completely transformed the Military Health System’s approach to combat casualty care. Not only were military medical personnel critical in treating and saving lives of victims of the attack on the Pentagon, but our military medical forces also responded to ground zero in New York. Many of the medical heroes

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All Guard Combat team named marksmanship champions

Six 4-person teams consisting of top shooters from the National Guard’s All Guard, multinational community, and other U.S. service components competed in the 30th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (AFSAM). Each year on the final day of the competition, the Lexington Green Trophy winners are determined by the top aggregate team score from one combined arms and one rifle match. Teams are allowed to reconstitute and bring on different members

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As eviction moratorium ends, VA offers vital resources for Veterans

If the end of the eviction moratorium affects you, the VA is ready to assist #Veterans who are facing housing crises by directing them to programs operated by VA’s Homeless Programs Office. Over the past year and a half, people across the nation, including Veterans, have confronted an unprecedented number of challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many have lost their jobs, affecting their ability to keep up with

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Pentagon quilts, Army memorial continue to pay homage to 9/11 victims

While numerous people visit the 9/11 memorials each year, a far less amount gain access to the Pentagon to view a unique tribute of 40 commemorative quilts donated by children, civilians, churches, companies, and artists. It has been 20 years since the events of 9/11. As the nation and military reflect on all the stories, the Pentagon quilts is an opportunity to unify as a country once again. learn

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Secretary of Defense Mandates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Service Members

After careful consultation with medical experts and military leaders, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for service members to protect the health and readiness of the force. The memo directs the secretaries of the military departments to immediately begin full vaccination of all members of the department on active duty or in the Guard or Reserve, who aren’t yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19. learn

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VA’s in vitro fertilization program helped one couple’s dream come true

VA provides fertility evaluation and treatments to all enrolled Veterans under the VA medical benefits package, including infertility counseling, genetic counseling, ultrasounds, vasectomy reversal or tubal ligation, medication and other treatments. Veterans give their best years in defense of this great nation and may have been injured, wounded and/or exposed to things that harm reproductive mechanisms. If the Veteran has a service-connected condition that causes the infertility or if the treatment for

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Army to test laser-equipped Stryker prototypes

The Army recently conducted a successful evaluation of the new Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense system, a 50kW-class laser designed to protect against unmanned aircraft systems, rotary and fixed-wing threats, rockets, artillery, and mortars. The Pentagon is betting big that laser weapons, once firmly confined to the realm of science fiction, will prove to be critical battlefield technology. A strong partnership between the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office and