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Section - A - Page 1  "T H E  V E T E R A N S  H O U R"   February 1-28, 2017 Edition

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 Artists selected for nationwide women Veterans art exhibit - Ten women Veteran artists have been selected to showcase their work at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers around the country in March, to coincide with Women’s History Month.  (2/6/17)

 VA’s National Cemeteries lead nation in satisfaction survey - For the sixth consecutive time, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) was ranked first in customer satisfaction among the nation’s top corporations and federal agencies in an independent survey conducted by the CFI Group utilizing the science of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). (2/3/17)

 VA statement about Office of Inspector General review of implementation of the Veterans Choice Program - VA appreciates the Office of Inspector General (OIG) review of VA’s implementation of the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). The OIG report reviewed the VCP from its inception, over two years ago, in November of 2014 through September of 2015.  (1/30/17)

Statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs on federal hiring freeze - WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced exemptions to the federal hiring freeze in the President’s memo dated January 23rd, 2017. The authorities outlined in the President’s memo provide VA the ability to continue filling essential positions that provide public safety services to our Veterans. We strongly believe that these exemptions are in line with the President’s intent. (1/27/17)

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Army paratroopers maneuver as a sniper team during a combined arms live-fire exercise at the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 6, 2017. Army photo by Gerhard Seuffert

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis participates in a wreath-laying ceremony with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo, at Seoul National Cemetery during a visit to Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 3, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

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Death March Survivor Walks

Survivors of the Bataan Death March are standing in the background, including retired U.S. Army Col. Ben Skardon, 98, in yellow jacket, who was the only survivor to walk in this years' memorial march.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar.

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Death March Survivor Walks (cont.)

Army Brig. Gen. Timothy R. Coffin, center left, commander of White Sands Missile Range, greets retired Army Col. Ben Skardon, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, before the start of the Bataan Memorial Death March, March 20, 2016.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar.

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Founder of The Veterans Hour - SMSgt. Gary Thomas USAF Ret. A decorated combat veteran,  he was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism while participating in aerial flight over Dak To II, Republic of Vietnam. Other awards include; The Air Medal with (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight over enemy territory, and The Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Numerous other medals include; The Japanese Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, National Defense Medal with (First Oak Leaf Cluster) Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. During the Vietnam War he was also nominated for a second Distinguished Flying Cross and Two Bronze Stars. 

Gary Thomas has been a long time advocate for veterans rights locally and on the national scene. Though limited for health reasons he continues to be recognized for his leadership and tireless devotion to veterans, their families and our nation. He is a graduate of the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and currently holds memberships in the V.F.W., D.A.V., N.C.O.A., American Legion, Life Member of U.V.O.A. and is President Emeritus of The Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans.