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#DesertStorm30: Powell says Veterans did ‘fabulous’ job

During Desert Storm, there were many faces of the war. President George H.W. Bush made decisions as the commander in chief and delivered remarks from the White House to the American people on the war’s opening night. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney advised the president on policy. Army Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf led the troops downrange. Serving as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, there [...]

By |January 17th, 2021|#DesertStorm30, Top Stories|14 Comments

What to expect during a Board of Veterans’ Appeals hearing

If you disagree with the initial decision VA made on your claim and decide to appeal the decision to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board), you have a few different options to choose how to proceed. But many people don't know what to expect, which could cloud their ability to choose the best option for them.

By |January 5th, 2021|Benefits, Top Stories|3 Comments

#DesertStorm30: Shield turns into Storm

The U.S did not take long to respond to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein occupying neighboring Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. Five days later, President George H.W. Bush ordered Americans to the region to start Operation Desert Shield. Air Force Veteran Howard “Pip” Pope, commander for the 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron, was among the first American forces to arrive. Leading a squadron known as the “Ironmen” flying F-15s, they deployed with little notice in a matter of days. After a 14-hour flight from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, they arrived at Dhahran Air Base in Saudi Arabia. Pope kept a diary of the events, excerpts of which follow.

By |January 1st, 2021|#DesertStorm30, Top Stories|9 Comments

Sign up for a free ShopVCS account for a chance to win a $1,000 holiday shopping spree

The Veterans Canteen Service is proud to offer Veterans enrolled in VA health care, their families, and VA employees with exclusive online shopping benefits at, the online destination for the Veterans Canteen Service. And now, for a limited time, creating your free account at automatically enters you to win a $1,000 shopping spree!

By |October 6th, 2020|#VetResources, Vets Experience|1 Comment

The Board is bringing hearings to Veterans – virtually

If you have a cell phone, computer, or tablet with Wi-Fi, you can have a hearing anywhere with a Veterans Law Judge! The Board of Veterans Appeals can now come to you wherever you are - virtually!

By |September 2nd, 2020|Benefits, Technology, Top Stories|1 Comment

Paula M. Neira: Navy, Nurse, Lawyer

Paula M. Neira believes that her greatest service for the country and the Navy has come after she put away her uniform. Before she became a nurse, lawyer and advocate, she was an officer in the Navy. Neira had to sacrifice her naval career when she accepted that her gender identity didn’t align with the sex assigned at birth.

By |May 21st, 2020|AVS|Comments Off on Paula M. Neira: Navy, Nurse, Lawyer

Traveling Veteran Coordinator – Traveling for the Winter?

Veterans who wish to continue their VA health care in a different location while traveling or temporarily relocating are encouraged to consult a Traveling Veteran Coordinator.

By |October 28th, 2019|#VetResources|Comments Off on Traveling Veteran Coordinator – Traveling for the Winter?

Anyone Can Save a Life: Are you prepared for the call? #BeThere

On an early Friday afternoon in August, Nurse Practitioner Marilyn Latin answered a telephone call from a Veteran contemplating suicide. The Veteran randomly dialed Latin’s office phone seeking assistance, and Latin brought him to VA.

By |September 10th, 2019|Mental Health, VA Medical Centers|2 Comments

Helping Veterans Cope with PTSD during holidays

For Veterans with PTSD – and their families – the holidays can be difficult. Here are some very helpful tips on how you – and your loved ones - can cope and make the season less stressful.

By |December 14th, 2018|Health, Mental Health|Comments Off on Helping Veterans Cope with PTSD during holidays
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