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Perseverance in face of adversity

Posted October 8, 2018 by Airman Bailee A. Darbasie

With her inviting smile and exuberant personality, it’s hard to believe that Senior Airman Lin Evenson has endured multiple devastating hardships in her life.

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Refugee to Airman

Posted September 12, 2018 by Senior Airman Ridge Shan

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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Positivity and Persistence: The Barry Goode story

Posted August 11, 2018 by Ryan McCain

The daily routines of our lives are sometimes taken for granted, with the small things being overlooked, or flat out ignored. Imagine simple things such as walking and standing becoming a hard task that eventually requires assistance to complete.

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AFRL officer gives freedom new meaning

Posted July 2, 2018 by Jeanne Dailey

Air Force Research Laboratory physicist 1st Lt. Simeon Hanks dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and joined the U.S. Army. His story is not the typical story of most Air Force scientists.

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Service Dog lends war veteran a helping paw

Posted April 23, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno

What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members?

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A commander’s story of survival

Posted November 22, 2017 by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer

The sound of tire treads rolling over a smooth driveway was the only sound that could be heard on the street Col. John Boudreaux lived when he and his wife, Susi, pulled up to it.

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California surfing clinic assists wounded warriors’ recovery

Posted November 8, 2017 by Shannon Collins

After losing his arm and leg in battle, a Hawaiian soldier being treated at the Naval Medical Center San Diego told his doctors that more than anything else, he wanted to surf again.

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Life with Lizzy

Posted November 3, 2017 by Whitney Delbridge Nichels

The saying goes “all dogs go to heaven,” but for many service dogs, their time on Earth is spent helping people who have seen more than the average human being. Such is the case for Army Master Sgt. Leigh Michel and her service dog Lizzy.

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Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC

Posted August 28, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice

For most, an amputation would be the greatest challenge they have ever faced in life, but for one Reserve Airman, the real struggle came when he fought to keep serving.

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Through tragedy, loss and amputation, Airman learns ‘new norm’

Posted June 23, 2017 by Susan A. Romano

In July 2011, August O’Niell was on a rescue mission in Afghanistan when his helicopter came under fire from enemy insurgents. Several rounds pierced the chopper, with one tearing through O’Niell’s lower limbs.

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