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2009-09-06 13:06:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 100 Veterans with visual or mobility impairments, blindness and other disabilities hit the golf course at the National Veterans TEE Tournament, September 6 - 10, in and around Iowa City, Iowa. "Providing Veterans the rehabilitation they need in order to lead a fulfilling active life is what this event is about," Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric K. Shinseki said. "The courage of these Veterans to overcome life's obstacles...

2009-09-01 13:44:00

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Coming to San Antonio WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 120 Veterans from across the country who are medal winners in national music, dance, drama, creative writing or visual arts contests are preparing to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in San Antonio from Oct. 5-11. "The Creative Arts Festival represents the top achievements of Veterans participating in VA art therapy throughout the nation," said...

2009-08-26 08:42:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing persistent noncompliance and numerous performance deficiencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will not exercise the third year of a five-year, $75 million contract with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC) to perform research into Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses (GWVI). "Research into the illnesses suffered by Gulf War Veterans remains a priority for VA," said Dr. Gerald M. Cross, VA's Acting Under...

2009-08-26 10:48:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Commander of The American Legion says the so-called "death book" posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website may be well-intentioned, but needs to be reconsidered. "We share a mission with the VA to work always in the best interests of our military veterans, "said the Legion's National Commander, David K. Rehbein, "and we are certain that the Department of Veterans Affairs made this controversial publication...

2009-08-24 16:06:00

VA and DoD systems must be separate from national health care, says Legion LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is calling for a significant expansion of the healthcare systems administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). In resolutions adopted by members of its National Executive Committee (NEC), the nation's largest veterans service organization strongly reiterated its longstanding positions affecting...

2009-08-24 08:55:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking steps to assist Veterans seeking compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). "The hidden wounds of war are being addressed vigorously and comprehensively by this administration as we move VA forward in its transformation to the 21st century," said Secretary Shinseki. The VA is publishing a proposed regulation today in the...

2009-08-21 14:00:00

Lease Will Give VA More Space for Health Care Services WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced a plan to expand health care in Albany, N.Y., by leasing 2.4 acres to a private-sector medical facility in exchange for construction of a 30,000 square-foot building for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center. "This is a win-win situation for Veterans and for the community," said...

2009-08-20 10:50:00

Facility Would Be First of its Kind in State WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ensuring that military Veterans living in eastern Washington have a final resting place that honors their service to the nation, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the award of $8.8 million to establish the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. "This is our first opportunity to partner with the state's Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a state Veterans...

2009-08-19 11:09:00

For New Washington Crossing National Cemetery WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded two contracts totaling $8.7 million to prepare the new Washington Crossing National Cemetery near Philadelphia for its first burials. "Providing a national cemetery for Veterans in Pennsylvania is a priority for VA," Secretary Shinseki said. "This national shrine will honor the...

2009-08-19 11:08:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding more than $898,000 to URS Group Inc., a St. Louis-based company, to design a gravesite expansion project at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. "Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is one of our busiest cemeteries," Secretary Shinseki said. "We will continue to serve the Veterans of Missouri by developing new...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'