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Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Vietnam War Veteran Benjamin M. Pri

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Vietnam War Veteran Benjamin M. Prieb. Benjamin dedicated over 40 years to the military. He served during the Vietnam War as a Huey Gunship Pilot with the 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. Benjamin first joined the Army in 1957 and later received his commission in 1962. He graduated from flight school in 1964 and was deployed to Vietnam in 1965. There, he participated in combat operations with the III Corps. Afterwards, Benjamin joined the Nebraska Army National Guard serving with the 24th Medical Air Ambulance. Following his retirement in 1998, Benjamin continues to support his fellow Veterans by volunteering at the Golden Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. For his service, Benjamin was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and an Air Medal with Valor device. Thank you for your service, Benjamin!

Department of Veterans Affairs #Repost @veteransmtc ・・・“I’ve done motivational speaking. I

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#Repost @veteransmtc ・・・ “I’ve done motivational speaking. I’ve climbed the highest mountain in Antarctica … I’ve done all these things that I never thought were possible.” — Kionte, a #Veteran who lost his leg in an IED blast while serving in the @marines overseas. Visit maketheconnection.net for more stories of strength.

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Norma Jean Bradford.Norma

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Norma Jean Bradford. Norma served in the Army from 1987 to 2017; 30 years of honorable service. During that time, Norma deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has received a number of awards, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. After her time in the Army, Norma founded Been There, Done That – a company that helps girls and women aspire to reach for their fullest potential in whatever career field they choose. Thank you for your service, Norma!

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Robert Estrada.Ro

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Robert Estrada. Robert served in the Marine Corps for 8 years as an engineer, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor and a Marine Security Guard. Throughout his career, he was stationed overseas in posts including Okinawa, East Timor and Saudi Arabia. After Robert left the Marine Corps in 2006, he found transition to civilian life to be difficult. To cope with his PTSD and a 300 lb weight gain, he started seeing a therapist and started CrossFit training. In 2015, Robert founded Endurance for Veterans to help other Veterans coping with PTSD with the hopes to improve their state of mind through physical fitness. The organization raises money to buy gym memberships and offer discounts at CrossFit facilities throughout the U.S. Endurance for Veterans now partners with 130 CrossFit gyms in the U.S. His next goal is to establish a permanent facility that would offer services free of charge to Veterans. Thank you for your service, Robert!

Department of Veterans Affairs The Boyle County Veterans Memorial in Danville, Kentucky, is dedicated

Danville, Kentucky

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The Boyle County Veterans Memorial in Danville, Kentucky, is dedicated to "those men and women of this community who serve our country in times of peace and war and especially to those who gave their lives in that service." We want to spotlight the memorials and monuments in your area. Send us a picture of a memorial with the name of the site, the location, your name - and Instagram handle (if you have one) to newmedia@va.gov #VeteransMemorial #honoringvets

Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans and their family members are encouraged to use caution when v

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Veterans and their family members are encouraged to use caution when viewing next week's solar eclipse. “This is an exciting event, to be sure,” said Dr. Jeffrey Blice, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center staff physician and vitreo-retinal specialist. “However, it’s important for people to realize the dangers involved with viewing the eclipse incorrectly – namely, severe retinal injury and blindness.” Blice says the absolute safest way to view the eclipse is to watch it online, though he acknowledges that this is unlikely to be a viewer’s first choice, especially given the novelty of seeing such a rare astronomical event in person. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through approved eclipse glasses that include special-purpose filters. Read more at www.blogs.va.gov.

Department of Veterans Affairs It's was a 100th birthday celebration for an Army Veteran at the Lakes

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It's was a 100th birthday celebration for an Army Veteran at the Lakeside Clinic of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Claude Buckley joined staff from the clinic and family members and shared some of his stories of service in an ordnance battalion from 1941 to 1945. Thank you for your service, Claude, and happy birthday! #HonoringVets

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Elisa Anne Raney.Though s

  • 18.08.2017 00:13
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Elisa Anne Raney. Though she had planned to go into the Peace Corps after college, in 1986, Elisa jumped at the chance to become a pilot after a campus recruiter explained that the Navy admitted female flyers. Aviation Officer Candidate School pushed her to her limits, but she endured, telling herself that, barring injury, her instructors couldn’t make her quit. This attitude of perseverance would serve her well not only in training, but throughout her career as a helicopter pilot during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as serving on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and as the Deputy Commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency Iraq. She also challenged the expectations of and limitations placed on her as a female Navy pilot; she spent one eight-month deployment as the only woman on detachment with the ship. Thank you for your service, Elisa!

Department of Veterans Affairs The Lyons VA Medical Center in New Jersey was thrilled to celebrate th

  • 17.08.2017 22:24
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The Lyons VA Medical Center in New Jersey was thrilled to celebrate the 106th birthday of #WWII Air Force Veteran Miguel Cruz last week. What’s his secret? Miguel says he doesn’t eat sweets, enjoys fresh vegetables, and reads the labels at the grocery store. Happy Birthday, Miguel, and thank you for your service. #HonoringVets

Department of Veterans Affairs Did you know some VA benefits have deadlines? Learn how to look up VA

  • 17.08.2017 14:51
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Did you know some VA benefits have deadlines? Learn how to look up VA benefits you may be eligible to receive during our Facebook Live event August 22 at 2 p.m. EDT. Use the link in our bio for details. #ExploreVA

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s  #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Leslie Allen. Leslie serv

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Leslie Allen. Leslie served in the Navy during World War II as an electrician’s mate third class. Both of his brothers were also in the military, and they served in the Pacific at the same time, though at different locations. After his time in the Navy he returned to Salem, Indiana, and worked as an electrician for 48 years. Leslie passed away in 2012. We honor his service.

Department of Veterans Affairs Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Demosthenes “Dee

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Demosthenes “Dee” Andros. Dee fought during World War II in the Pacific with the 5th Marine Division of the 28th Marine Regiment. He spent more than a month under fire on Iwo Jima and witnessed the famous moment when six Marines raised the American flag on the Pacific island. After the battle of Iwo Jima, Dee participated in the occupation of Japan. “We marched — we went eight miles up and took that Navy base there at Sasebo without firing a shot,” he said during an interview with the Veterans History Project. He received the bronze star and achieved the rank of sergeant before he left the Marine Corps in 1945. After the war, Dee played college football as a guard at the University of Oklahoma. He then became the head football coach at the University of Idaho and Oregon State University. After retiring from coaching, he was the athletic director at Oregon State University. Dee passed away in 2003. We honor his service.