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VA leader vows to explore greater autonomy for Billings-based VA clinics

VA leader vows to explore greater autonomy for Billings-based VA clinics

In the past five years, Billings has experienced explosive growth in health care facilities and services for veterans. Now some veterans question whether they have grown so large that administrators at Fort Harrison cannot effectively manage them from 250 miles away.

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Guest opinion: Helping a reform-minded secretary fix the VA

Guest opinion: Helping a reform-minded secretary fix the VA

At last, America’s military veterans seem to have a Secretary of Veterans Affairs who gets it.

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Korean War veteran from Rawlins finally receives Purple Heart

Korean War veteran from Rawlins finally receives Purple Heart

CASPER, Wyo. — Arturo Archuleta was an 18-year-old in the Korean War when a firefight put him in the hospital. Sixty-three years later, they finally pinned a medal to his coat.

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Gazette opinion: A prescription for U.S. veterans’ urgent care

When Yellowstone County residents gather this morning to celebrate Veterans Day in the warm indoor ceremony at MetraPark, they will remember Montanans and other Americans who have served in past and present wars. A bell will ring at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, commemorat…

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Marine veteran Jim Borner

Marine veteran Jim Borner

Marine Corps veteran Jim Borner, left, salutes the American flag as the National Anthem plays at a gala celebrating the 239th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Knights of Columbus.

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WWII POW and artist Ben Steele

WWII POW and artist Ben Steele

WWII POW and artist Ben Steele was honored with a Ben Steele Day proclamation by Billings Mayor Tom Hanel during Downtown Rotary meeting at the Crowne Plaza on Monday.

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Barbara Koostra, Montana Museum of Art and Culture

Barbara Koostra, Montana Museum of Art and Culture

Barbara Koostra, Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana, talks about the work of WWII POW and artist Ben Steele during the Downtown Rotary meeting at the Crowne Plaza on Monday.

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Ben and Shirley Steele share a laugh

Ben and Shirley Steele share a laugh

Ben and Shirley Steele share a laugh as Ben was honored with a Ben Steele Day proclamation by Billings Mayor Tom Hanel during a Downtown Rotary meeting at the Crowne Plaza on Monday.

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Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach

Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach

Students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly at Will James Middle School on Monday. Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was the featured speaker.

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A U.S. Marine Corps color guard arrives

A U.S. Marine Corps color guard arrives

A U.S. Marine Corps color guard arrives as students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly at Will James Middle School on Monday. Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was the featured speaker.

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Students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly

Students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly

Students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly at Will James Middle School on Monday. Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was the featured speaker.

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A color guard procession at Will James

A color guard procession at Will James

Students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly at Will James Middle School on Monday, November 10, 2014.

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U.S. Marines post the colors as students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly at Will James Middle School on Monday, November 10, 2014. Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was the featured speaker.

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Bo Reichenbach at Will James

Bo Reichenbach at Will James

Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach gets a standing ovation as students gather for the annual Veteran's Day assembly at Will James' Middle School on Monday. Reichenbach, who lost his legs while serving in Afghanistan, was the featured speaker.

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Bo Reichenbach and his wife Lacy

Bo Reichenbach and his wife Lacy

Retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach and his wife Lacy listen to speakers as students gather for the annual Veteran’s Day assembly at Will James’ Middle School on Monday. Reichenbach, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, was the featured speaker.

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Teacher Hunter Jones introduces retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach

Teacher Hunter Jones introduces retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach

Will James Middle School teacher Hunter Jones introduces retired Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach as students gather for the annual Veteran’s Day assembly at Will James Middle School on Monday.

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Former SEAL, Billings native wounded in action taken on first elk hunt

Former SEAL, Billings native wounded in action taken on first elk hunt

For close to five hours, Bo Reichenbach had stayed prone against the cold earth while watching for movement in the valley below. It was the seventh day of a scheduled six-day elk hunting trip in the Big Belt Mountains and the fatigue had settled deep into each and every one of them.

November 10, 2014 10:44 am Photos

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RMC fundraiser

RMC fundraiser

Joe Mutchler is enrolled in aviation classes at Rocky Mountain College. The Air Force veteran has been working with drone technology as well as flying small aircraft. The college’s annual Black Tie Blue Jeans scholarship benefit has provided him with financial assistance.

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Tester hopes to bring VA secretary to Butte to push vets' home

Tester hopes to bring VA secretary to Butte to push vets' home

BUTTE — For several years, the proposed veterans’ home in Butte hasn’t gotten off the ground. Money has been raised. Plans have been set. But it hasn’t gotten done.

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