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 Statement by VA Secretary Shulkin in Support of Senate Accountability Bill - WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin is issuing the following statement in support of the Senate Accountability Bill: “I’m pleased to see the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee moving forward tomorrow on our much-needed accountability bill, and hope the senators pass it promptly without delay.  (5/23/17)

 Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $186.5 Billion VA Budget - WASHINGTON — In his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, President Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of Veterans as a premier provider of choice for their services and benefits. (5/23/17)

 VA Earns Top Honors for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care - WASHINGTON — Nine Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Centers were recognized for their efforts in environmental sustainability in health care at an award ceremony May 18 in Minneapolis. (5/19/17)

 VA’s Lead Geriatrician to Receive Top Award and Deliver Lecture at Annual Meeting - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Dr. Richard M. Allman, is receiving the Edward Henderson Award, and will present the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting this week in San Antonio.  (5/19/17)

 VA Announces Contract Award for Program for a Faster Care Mobile App for Veterans to Schedule Medical Appointments - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a contract for a commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system through a mobile application, or app, that will help improve access to care for Veterans. (5/17/17)

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Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) participate in the “Flags-In” mission at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 25, 2017. Soldiers placed an American flag at every grave maker in the cemetery. The Old Guard has conducted this mission annually at Arlington National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes

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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.