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Military & Veterans News Vet News: The Veterans Inaugural Ball Tickets and Sponsorship Have Sold Out WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Legion and the Veterans Inaugural Committee announced today the Veterans Inaugural Ball — A Salute to Heroes, which will take place on Jan. 20, 2017, is sold out. Started in 1953 at the request of President  Dwight D. Eisenhower, the ball provides the opportunity for the newly elected president of the United States to pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: VA Introduces New Weekly Podcast WASHINGTON - As part of its ongoing effort to engage and reach out to Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a podcast titled “This Week at VA.” The podcast will be produced weekly. Each episode will include information on benefits or products, interviews with Veterans, a highlighted Veteran of the Day and other helpful content. This week’s show features an interview with VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features -- Veterans Day 2016: Nov. 11 WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a remembrance ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: Gov. Scott Announces Kick-Off of Statewide Paychecks for Patriots Events for Florida Veterans ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the kick-off of the 2016 Paychecks for Patriots, which matches up veterans with great careers in their communities. In recognition of Veterans Day, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is partnering with the CareerSource Florida network, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and participating Florida employers to connect veterans and their families with job opportunities. Governor Scott has also declared November 7-11th as Paychecks for Patriots week.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: Presidential Proclamation -- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2016 Technology plays an increasingly significant role in our daily lives. The rise of the Internet has brought incredible opportunity and new ways of innovating and enhancing our way of life -- but with great potential also comes heightened risk to our data. Keeping cyberspace secure is a matter of national security, and in order to ensure we can reap the benefits and utility of technology while minimizing the dangers and threats it presents, we must continue to make cybersecurity a top priority. Throughout National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we recognize the role that individuals can play in enhancing cybersecurity, and we join to raise awareness of the importance of securing our information against cyber threats.
Arnold Palmer Military & Veterans Life Scott's View: Remembering Arnold Palmer's Life of Service, On and Off The Golf Course This week we honor Arnold Palmer as our HeroVet. We first profiled Arnie as a TopVet in 2014, but with his passing last weekend, we had an opportunity to celebrate his substantial charitable activities and award him HeroVet status posthumously. It is only when we look at Palmer’s whole life, on and off the course, do we realize how special a man he was -- from helping to build hospitals, popularizing the game that he loved so dearly to being recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the 5th anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" I am proud to report that five years after the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" our military, drawn from a cross-section of America, is stronger than ever and continues to exemplify the very best that our great nation has to offer. The American people can take pride in how the Department of Defense and the men and women of the United States military have implemented this change with the dignity, respect, and excellence expected of the finest fighting force the world has ever known.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: Secretary Mabus Names Two Destroyers for Medal of Honor Recipients OXFORD, Mississippi (NNS) -- In a ceremony today at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr. in honor of the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps who was also a Medal of Honor recipient.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: New Parks Program to Support Post-9/11 Veterans WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has elevated its commitment to veterans across the nation with the announcement of its philanthropic grants to the National Park Foundation (NPF) and The Mission Continues to support a programmatic partnership between The Mission Continues and the National Park Service (NPS). TheVeterans in Parks program, launched during the centennial year for both Boeing and the NPS, supports and expands opportunities for volunteer service and career development for post-9/11 veterans within the hundreds of National Park Service sites and programs nationwide.
Military & Veterans News Vet News: Presidential Proclamation -- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016 Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September 11, 2001, sought to do more than hurt our people and bring down buildings: They sought to break our spirit and destroy the enduring values that unite us as Americans. In the years that followed, our capacity to love and to hope has guided us forward as we worked to rebuild, more sound and resilient than ever before. With the hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memories, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour, and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.

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