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Bob Goodlatte: Honoring the sacrifices of America’s heroes

The soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, saw some of the most intense fighting of World War II. Among them on D-Day was Sergeant Robert L. Sales of Madison Heights, a member of the Virginia National Guard Company B, 116th Infantry.

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Tim Kaine invites Fort Lee servicemember to State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine announced that his guest at tonight’s Presidential State of the Union Address will be Army Staff Sergeant Tammy Brown.

Universal background check bill fails in Senate committee

Monday morning, after hearing testimony from veterans, anti-gun violence experts, and victims of gun violence, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice voted to reject SB 520, a bill that would have effectively created universal background checks for gun sales in Virginia.

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Mark Warner statement on Ed Gillespie Senate candidacy

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., comments on the announcement Thursday that former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie will challenge him for the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election.

Earth Talk: America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in April 2010 establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.

Full text of Gov. McAuliffe’s speech to the Virginia General Assembly

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the General Assembly, and my fellow Virginians. It is an honor for me to stand here tonight, before this great joint assembly, as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Gov. McAuliffe signs Executive Order No. 1 prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1 at the Capitol of Virginia on Saturday, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government.

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Sen. Warner seeks end to loan policies that discriminate against same-sex couples

A same-sex couple’s inability to get a veterans’ home loan in Virginia has prompted U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to ask the Obama administration to move more quickly to eliminate discrimination in federal programs.

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Mark Warner starts 2014 campaign with $7.1 million cash on hand

Friends of Mark Warner, the 2014 campaign of U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, announced its year-end fundraising numbers today. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the campaign received contributions totaling nearly $1.6 million. Friends of Mark Warner ended 2013 with more than $7.1 million cash-on-hand.

Military vet blasts Bob Goodlatte on military retirement cuts

Dear Rep. Goodlatte: I have learned that you voted “yea” for the resolution, HJ 59, “Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes” which includes cutting my military retirement.

Tim Kaine, Saxby Chambliss introduce SERVE Act of 2013

U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) introduced the Servicemember Education Reform and Vocational Enhancement (SERVE) Act of 2013, a bill to improve the quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans and help them transition into the civilian workforce.

Fishburne PG basketball serves vets on Veterans Day

Members of the Fishburne Military School postgrad basketball team served veterans eating dinner at Applebee’s in Waynesboro on Veterans Day. More on FMS basketball is online at www.FishburnePGBasketball.org.

Former congressman, Cabinet secretary addresses Fishburne on Veterans Day

The threats faced today and tomorrow are different than any in the history of mankind, said former congressman, Secretary of the Army and National Security Advisor John Marsh in a Veterans Day address at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro on Monday.

Susan Vento and Judy Van Ness: Veterans Day surprise from Congress

Americans are observing Veterans Day. Some will observe it with a day off from work or checking out the special Veterans Day sales that will be held in department stores. But the real meaning of the day should be to think about the great sacrifices of the men and women who deserve to be honored.

Eric Shinseki: What veterans deserve

Last month, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Captain William D. Swenson, United States Army, for heroism and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in the Battle of the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009. At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we are honored to walk amongst, as well as work with, such heroes every day.

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Tim Kaine announces bill boosting veterans education funding

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine announced the Servicemember Education Reform and Vocational Enhancement (SERVE) Act of 2013 at veterans events in Winchester and Richmond today. The SERVE Act, which is a companion to Kaine’s first bill, the Troop Talent Act, will improve the quality of education received by servicemembers and veterans.

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Veterans Day at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

In recognition of President Woodrow Wilson’s involvement in the formation of Veterans Day all veterans, active military members, and their families will be entitled to free admission to the Presidential Library and Museum on Monday November 11, 2013.

Maureen McDonnell announces First Lady’s Opportunity Hall of Fame Awards

First Lady Maureen McDonnell announced the First Lady’s Opportunity Hall of Fame award recipients at the fourth annual awards reception held last night at the Executive Mansion.


VMI plays tough, still falls short to Charleston Southern, 25-17

After a back and forth contest throughout, a pair of fourth down plays late in the game made the difference as the #25 Charleston Southern Buccaneers eked out a 25-17 win over the VMI Keydets in Big South football action Saturday at VMI’s Foster Stadium. The contest was the Big South opener for both schools.

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Herring: Obenshain too ‘extreme’

Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Herring outlined his campaign platform at the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association Forum on Wednesday.

Warner, Kaine highlight impact of shutdown on Virginia

Speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine highlighted the ongoing negative impact of the government shutdown in Virginia, and again urged House Republican leaders to re-open government, pay the nation’s bills on time and negotiate on a long term budget.

McAuliffe releases plan to support Virginia’s rural economy

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Saturday released his plan to support Virginia’s rural communities, which close to one quarter of Virginians call home.

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Sen. Warner helps launch veterans job initiative

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Tuesday joined The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the nation, in launching a new program designed to connect veterans to employment opportunities in Virginia’s technology community.


VA grants going to Virginia agencies to help end veteran homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced Thursday the award of $357,000 in homeless prevention grant to Roanoke Virginia’s Total Action Against Poverty (TAP).

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Sen. Kaine discusses veterans issues with VA secretary

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, met Thursday with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to discuss significant issues facing veterans today including the disability claims backlog, education, health care access, and unemployment.

Rusty E. McGuire: Recognizing a new generation of heroes

There is a memorial to soldiers overseas that says “when you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.” That is what Memorial Day is all about. Each year we see World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans gather on Memorial Day to honor their comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Salem VA Medical Center announces 2013 Valentines for Veterans Concert

Country music artist Daryle Singletary will perform in concert at the Salem Civic Center as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Salem VA Medical Center 2013 National Salute to Veterans on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

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Committee approves Webb provisions to protect Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today approved important provisions by Sen. Jim Webb, author of the landmark Post-9/11 GI Bill, to protect veterans’ education benefits from abuses by certain schools.

Helping disabled veterans

   Column by David Cox Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net As the General Convention goes about its business in Richmond, it’ll take up a matter that everyone voted for last time. Before they do again, I hope they’ll look at a better way of meeting their objective: helping disabled veterans. Last winter, the House and Senate […]

A vision for our veterans

   Column by Randy Forbes www.forbes.house.gov Stay in Washington for a couple of weeks, and you’re bound to hear the phrase “on message.” Generally, the phrase is a reminder when speaking to the press or the public to keep your comments aimed in a singular direction. In the epicenter of national and global political debate, […]

Mark Warner | Honoring our veterans

As we honor the service of the men and women who have served our country, I wanted to provide you an update on things we have worked on in Washington to support our nation’s veterans once they return home from war. On this Veterans Day, I want to acknowledge my respect and appreciation for the […]

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