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Join the #Step4Ward Twitter chat on Wednesday, May 25th, at 7PM EST.
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You're following us on G+ so you already know that we administer your federal VA benefits. You may not know that your home state also offers benefits to resident Veterans and their families. These benefits vary from state to state. Sometimes they include tax exemptions, tuition waivers, fee hunting and fishing licenses. Explore what your state offers here: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm
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Country Singer Trace Adkins was awarded the National Defense Industrial Association’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for being an “exceptional leader and advocate” for servicemembers. Thanks for all the USO shows and support over the years!
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Who can go through a whole weekend without a great reunited dog tag story?
Roger Randol was hunting for pheasant near Macon a few months after he returned home from his overseas hitch in the Army during the Vietnam War, most likely in the fall of 1971.
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This week we honor the life and service of U.S. Navy Captain Norman J. (Jack) “Dusty” Kleiss, the dive-bombing hero of Midway, who died last month in Texas. He was 100. For his career, the humble Kleiss received the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Thank you for your service, Dusty. RIP.

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Remembering Midway pilot Captain Jack "Dusty" Kleiss, 1916-2016.
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We hope all of our military moms out there had a good Mother's Day yesterday. Here's a great Military Times story about Marine MOH recipient Kyle Carpenter and his mom.
A touching Mother's Day story told by the husband of one special military Mom.
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Did you know actor, sartorialist, and racing legend Steve McQueen, the “King of Cool,” served in the U.S. Marine Corps? Did you know he was also demoted seven times in three years? However, McQueen--the classic "anti-hero"--later DID become a hero: he once saved five men from drowning in an exercise in the Arctic when their tank broke through sea ice. As a reward, he finished out his contract on an honor guard protecting President Truman’s yacht. In 1952, McQueen used the GI Bill to study acting and, well, you know the rest. Thank you for your service, Steve.

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"One day I suddenly felt bored with hanging around and went and joined the Marines."
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Congrats to former Army Vet Chad Dukes and Marine Vet Charlie Linville! They are the first combat amputees to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Heavy snow and storms on Everest threaten efforts to reach the summit for two combat amputees
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These Veterans went into the real estate business after leaving service. Now they educate fellow realtors and Veterans about personal finance and using VA loans.
Sandy Heath and Phyllis James put their real estate careers to good use.
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During #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, take a #Step4ward to find support for yourself or a #Veteran loved one who may be going through a tough time. Use this locator to find nearby resources, and then share this post to spread the word.
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Find the Veteran resources most helpful for you. No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support for getting your life on a better track.
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Add your spouse in DEERS for FSGLI, and keep your family’s coverage up to date: http://1.usa.gov/1OlAWuf
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This week we honor the life and service of U.S. Army Veteran Frank Levingston, who died this week in Louisiana. He was 110. Levingston enlisted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, served in Italy and North Africa. RIP, Frank.

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A 110-year-old Louisiana man who enlisted in the Army during World War II to serve his country has died.
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Serving Veterans and their families. Please remember the only secure way to ask personal questions is at https://iris.custhelp.com/.

Mission

The mission of the Veterans Benefits Administration, in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration, is to provide benefits and services to the veterans and their families in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to the Nation.

"...to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan..." - Abraham Lincoln, 2nd Inaugural Address

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Home loans, and educational and vocational assistance, are some of the benefits our Veterans and their families are eligible to receive. For more information about what services are available, download or peruse the online version of our 2013 edition of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors, which you can find here: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp.

Veterans who are in emotional distress and need immediate assistance can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1.

For the Combat Call Center call 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)

For general benefits questions call 1-800-827-1000

For health benefits information call 1-877-222-8387

For more VA contact information visit https://iris.custhelp.com/

This page, in conjunction with our other public online presences is intended to keep Veterans and family members informed about the benefits and services available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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